I just got an email back from the regional director for the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. He's very pleased that I called this to their attention, is spreading the word around to the rest of the group, and it looks like they're going to be right on it.... and presumably all over Mr. O'Reilly's case.
**extra! Heard from Dan Solis, the Chairman of the Board for the National Association for Mexican-American Rights. He wanted verification of these quotes, so I checked for the best verification possible... turns out that the transcript was recently posted on Foxnews' website! Let's see O'Reilly try to deny this one. **
** extra!! extra!! Heard back from Dan Solis. He cc:ed me on a message flagged urgent to the board for the National Association for Mexican-American Rights. He verified my evidence -- NAMAR will be taking action on this matter ASAP!**
So, now I guess it's just a matter of sitting back and watching the fireworks. This should be fun! I wish I had Foxnews still, just so I could tape the upcoming public apology... though it might not do him any good. People are kicked off the air for less all the time.
Meanwhile, keep sending your comments to O'Reilly and his bosses, urging an apology, or -- better yet -- severe disciplinary action! Mmm... discipline!
For those that aren't set up to use mailto links, the email addresses you should contact to vent your spleen are:
firstname.lastname@example.org , email@example.com , firstname.lastname@example.org , email@example.com
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What's saddest to me is, when I mentioned the information you shared to my folks, who watch O'Reilly nightly, they said, "Oh, he says that all the time." I've not researched to find out if that's true, but fuck, how disheartening on two levels for me if it is: a) that my parents put up with it, still; and b) that America apparently has too.