Racism, not Refugee Rape, Is Causing Agitation in Twin Falls, Claims Local TV Outlet
White racism, not a June 2 videotaped rape by refugees from strife-torn tribal cultures, is causing the growing civic protest in Twin Falls, Idaho, according to KMVT, the main local TV station.
The pitch was delivered with the help of Nancy Taylor, who is a local advocate for greater immigration.
I believe that there is a very small group in Twin Falls, very small and vocal, who, for lack of a better word, are racist … A little girl was assaulted, and just because people of color are involved, it becomes an issue. Unfortunately, children in this community are victims of crime every day, why isn’t that an outrage?
The racism-not-rape claim was the main theme of KMVT’s report on the press conference by a local civic group known as “We the People Magic Valley.”
They held their press conference on Friday to highlight the civic costs of the inflow of foreign labor into the town, and to ask Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton “to come to Twin Falls and see how America is being changed by this new crisis.”
The uproar began June 2, when a five-year-old American-born girl was allegedly raped by two small refugee boys in Twin Falls, Idaho, while a third boy, also a Muslim refugee, video-taped the attack. The details of the alleged attack are gruesome:
As Breitbart News previously reported, ten-year-old and seven-year-old Muslims allegedly orally raped the the victim, and the ten-year-old suspect allegedly anally raped her as well. Another alleged perpetrator recorded the attack while coaching them throughout the rape. The rapists also defiled their victim by urinating on her clothes and in her mouth.
But the low-wage refugees are a profitable portion of the local labor force — and also are a growing slice of local consumers — so the local business and political establishment is eager to downplay the impact of refugee labor on Americans’ wages and neighborhoods. In Twin Falls, Mayor Shawn Bariger, who’s handling of the alleged sexual assault has been questioned by local activist groups, is also president of the Twin Falls Area Chamber of Commerce.
KMVT is owned by Gray Television, which owns or operates 77 television stations in 44 small markets.
KMVT ignored the message presented by the group at the press conference and focused on whether the group is “racist.”
That skew ensured that KMVT’s reporting on the press conference is “one of the most blatant examples of pro-refugee, anti-American bias I’ve seen to date in the media,” said Ann Corcoran of Refugee Resettlement Watch. She’s an expert on the lucrative refugee resettlement industry.
“When a news media outlet fails to report what an organization holding a press conference actually says at that event, you really have to question if they are an objective reporter of actual news, or if they are instead simply a propaganda outlet for the powerful refugee resettlement industry and its local business allies,” Corcoran says.
“Is the rule of law being applied fairly in this case of alleged sexual assault of a 5-year-old American-born girl by three young boys, all reportedly refugees?” she asks.
“Or, is this girl being denied her rights as a victim and are the alleged perpetrators being protected by the local legal and political system because they are refugees and therefore have superior rights to the girl? Because to prosecute them to the full extent of the law would harm the existing relationship with resettled refugees that benefits the members of the local political and business establishment?” Corcoran concludes.
The message KMVT failed to report on was substantive and directly relevant to a critical public issue facing the entire country.
“This attack has gotten national attention for a reason. Because it deals with issues that are hot topics for Americans,” one member of the group said at the press conference.
“People are being treated unfairly in their own country and held to a different standard,”another member of the group said, adding:
Refugees have been flooding into Twin Falls as cheap labor, for the food industry, including the food-processing industry. Local employers are given financial incentives not to hire Americans, but to hire refugees instead. The federal government has also gotten involved by providing incentives for both the companies and city officials.
The attack that happened to this delicate, little, five-year-old girl is one of the unforeseen consequences that are changing the make-up of our country, causing wages to stagnate, and creating a situation that is bad for everyone. Worst of all, the changes that have been transforming America haven’t been debated or discussed in media. Political correctness, and self-interested politicians and businessmen have allowed this to happen without engaging citizens in these policies.
KMVT did not report at all on the message the group delivered. Instead, it went into the press conference with an agenda, clearly visible in the way it began its report:
Nancy Taylor works closely with refugees in the Magic Valley.
“I can’t tell you how many wonderful refugees that we have here,” Taylor said. “Absolutely amazing. And I’ve met a lot, and they are not what people think they are.”
Not everyone shares her opinion on the refugees, though.
“I believe that there is a very small group in Twin Falls, very small and vocal, who, for lack of a better word, are racist,” [Taylor] said. . .
“A little girl was assaulted, and just because people of color are involved, it becomes an issue,” Taylor said. “Unfortunately, children in this community are victims of crime every day, why isn’t that an outrage?”
The written version of the KMVT report failed to disclose Taylor is a “refugee advocate.”
In fact, Taylor is apparently part of a group known as Magic Valley Refugee Advocates which has a Facebook page that shares news releases from the College of Southern Idaho Refugee Program.
That program is the local affiliate of the politically powerful U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigration (USCRI), a leading voluntary agency [VOLAG] in the billion dollar refugee resettlement industry funded almost exclusively by the federal government.
As Breitbart News reported previously, USCRI is headed by Lavinia Limon, who has made her career helping migrants settle in the United States. She was appointed director of the Office of Refugee Resettlement by President Bill Clinton in 1993, and has been a leader in the movement to create “new American communities” of migrant blocs within American neighborhoods.
KMVT asked no questions on the statements made at the press conference. It had plenty of questions alleging racism on the part of the group:
Part of that group stood up Friday to affirm just the opposite. “The group” being We the People Magic Valley, composed of the John Birch Society, ACT for America Magic Valley chapter and Dallypost Tactical. . .
When the group spoke out about the handling of the case at multiple city council meetings, all some could hear was racism.
“I just care about a little girl that was violated,” Ruf said, “and I had questions, and I believe the community has questions, and we want them addressed. And I shouldn’t be called a white (supremacist) for doing that. That’s appalling to me, and it’s an offense, and I personally if I knew anyone even standing behind me was a white (supremacist), I wouldn’t keep company with them. I find that revolting.”
The Times-News, the local newspaper that editorially has been critical of local activists as well as some of the reporting in the conservative media, had a more balanced view of the press conference.
In contrast to KMVT, which failed to report the invitation to Trump and Clinton to visit Twin Falls, the Times-News led with it:
In a last-minute press conference Friday, We the People Magic Valley announced it wants U.S. presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump come to Twin Falls to show them “how life in America is really going.”
The Twin Falls Times-News is owned by Lee Enterprises, which also owns and operates newspapers in approximately fifty small cities around the country. The paper’s coverage of migrants and their impact on wages is minimal, but the paper’s report did include the protestors’s main points;
At Twin Falls City Park, the group said the family of the 5-year-old victim of a reported sexual assault in June at the Fawnbrook Apartments was coming to the event.
But Julie Ruf with We the People later told reporters the family couldn’t make it because of the challenges of their living situation, saying they’re now living at a hotel.
After talking about the Fawnbrook case and refugee resettlement, Ruf told reporters she wants Clinton and Trump to come to Twin Falls to “see how America is being changed by this new crisis.” And she later added: “We want to tell you how life in America is really going today.”
We the People Magic Valley is a group that includes the local Act for America chapter, John Birch Society and Dallypost Tactical, a group run by Pocatello-area political activist Lance Earl. . .
After giving a statement, the group allowed for questions from reporters. A few speakers blamed the media, provided advice and told reporters what they should care about.
And they said reporters aren’t asking the right questions. Group members also said they’ve been called names in local publications.
… “Refugees have been flooding into Twin Falls as cheap laborers,” she said, adding after their first six months in Twin Falls, they’re living in squalor. She said many are her personal friends.
Employers also have incentives to hire refugees, she claimed, because the federal government has gotten involved.
Resettling refugees became controversial nationwide. Here in Twin Falls, news came out in 2015 that Syrians could be among the refugees to be resettled by the College of Southern Idaho’s Refugee Center. But so far, no Syrian refugees have been resettled here.
In other markets, Gray Television stations have won awards for journalist integrity. But small-market television stations, even more so than small-market newspapers, are especially vulnerable to pressure from local advertisers.
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