Of Lies and Politics: A Look at Two Lies
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This paper examines two lies; one from pundit Glenn Beck on immigration and citizenship, the other from President Barack Obama on his campaign donations, to determine the actual facts of the matter, the impact of the lies and who would be affected by the non-truths the most. The paper looks at the lie from the ultra-popular conservative pundit Glenn Beck who incorrectly stated that America is the only country that practices automatic-citizenship-upon-birth, and discusses how this statement harmed immigrants. Next, the paper discusses Obama's claim to have received most of his financial support from ordinary individuals when he really received more money from corporate entities and wealthy benefactors. The paper discusses how this deceived voters into perceiving him as a leader of the ordinary people. The paper concludes that politicians and pundits will continue to deceive their followers, since those in the political field always have something to gain by uttering falsehoods.
From the Paper:"The first lie comes from the ultra-popular conservative pundit Glenn Beck, who reaches an audience of millions daily through his radio and FOX News television shows (Gillis 2010). Like many conservatives, Beck has routinely called for tighter laws and more protection along the border to keep immigrants out. On his June 10, 2009 show, Beck made a point about how children of illegal immigrants that are born in United States are legally American citizens, and said that this law would lead to further illegal immigration, as the American children would help keep their parents in the country. Beck furthered his point about "anchor babies," saying:
You know, the anchor baby thing has always really hacked me off... when a child that is born here, becomes a citizen and they help the illegal parents become citizens, right?...Why do we have automatic citizenship upon birth? Do you know? We're the only country in the world that has it. Why? ("Glenn Beck" 2009)
"It was here that he ventured away from the truth and into lying territory. Beck is entirely incorrect in stating that America is the only country that practices automatic-citizenship-upon-birth. The St. Petersburg Times' PolitiFact website investigated the claim and determined that the United States is among many countries that grant automatic citizenship to whoever is born within its borders."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Ackerman, Andrew. "Obama Takes It to the Street." Investment Dealers' Digest 76.15 (2010): 9-12.Business Source Complete. EBSCO. Web. 17 Feb. 2011.
- Gillis, Charlie. "In Glenn we trust." Maclean's 123.44 (2010): 34-36. Business Source Complete. EBSCO. Web. 17 Feb. 2011.
- "Glenn Beck, on Anchor Babies, Claims U.S. Is Only Country with Automatic Citizenship upon Birth." PolitiFact. St Petersburg Times. Web. 17 Feb. 2011.
- Holahan, Catherine. "Can Obama Turn Friends into Voters?." BusinessWeek Online (2008): 16. Business Source Complete. EBSCO. Web. 17 Feb. 2011.
- "Obama Campaign Financed by Large Donors, Too." PolitiFact. St Petersburg Times. Web. 17 Feb. 2011.
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