Contact CBS Evening News at email@example.com or call (212) 975-3247. Truth In Immigration On April 7, 2008, Katie Couric and CBS Evening News took a page from the Lou Dobbs playbook in presenting a misleading and inaccurate portrayal of the role of immigrants in US society. In this report, Ms. Couric and CBS News fall well short of the journalistic standards set by former CBS News anchors Edward R. Murrow and Walter Kronkite. The CBS News account, entitled “Illegal Immigrant Births – At Your Expense” portrays a young immigrant mother named Fabiola who has just given birth to a son in Texas. In presenting this young mother’s experience, CBS reporter Byron Pitts falsely suggests that the US-born children of undocumented immigrants are an economic drain to the State of Texas. CBS then proceeds to mislead the American public by reporting that undocumented parents of US-born children enjoy a significantly “easier” way to become citizens upon giving birth to children in the United States and that undocumented mothers of infants need not fear deportation. In suggesting that immigrants are a drain on the Texas economy, CBS even ignores a recent official report issued by the Comptroller of the State of Texas, who found that undocumented immigrants produced .58 billion in state revenues in FY05, which significantly exceeds the .16 billion in state services they received. While the Comptroller’s report does not examine local health care costs, it does find that the absence of …
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Bruno Serato, Owner of the Anaheim White House in Anaheim, CA, is featured on CBS Evening News with Katie Couric on August 9, 2010.
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