When I heard about Bill O'Reilly's use of the racial slur "wetback" on his globally broadcast news show, I sent out a few emails... with a few hundred email addresses. Specifically, I spent about an hour finding the email addresses and contacting the staff of most major hispanic and Mexican American organizations out there.
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!
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