A recent blunder on ‘Fox & Friends’ went viral because it perfectly played into the common perception that the news channel traffics in ignorant racism.
Recently, “Fox & Friends” ran a news graphic touting President Trump’s decision to end foreign aid to “3 Mexican countries.”
(For the record there is only one Mexican country — Mexico.)
However, while the chyron ran, the Fox anchors correctly stated that the State Department announced the administration will be cutting federal aid to El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras.
All of which are their own countries, not tiny Mexicos.
The error inspired some hilarious memes:
I was wondering if you can tell me how many more #MexicanCountries are there in Latin America.🤔
Now, this isn’t just a silly mistake, but an embarrassing evidence of the flat out prejudice (not to say racism) you feed to the public. pic.twitter.com/WhUfddSsGp
— Juan Manuel Guzman (@_jmguzman) April 1, 2019
After pictures of the ridiculous graphic went viral, ‘Fox & Friends’ host Ed Henry apologized for the error. “We had an inaccurate graphic onscreen while talking about this very story,” Henry said. “We just want to be clear, the funding is being cut off to the three Central American countries. We apologize for the error — it never should’ve happened.”
While the mistake gave Fox’s critics something to point and laugh at, the bigger issue is that Trump’s decision to cancel aid to what’s known as the “Northern Triangle” may make lives for people in those countries even more difficult.
Trump wants to cut aid because he believes the countries “set up” migrant caravans to come to the U.S. But cutting funds to those countries could make the violence and poverty worse, leading more people to come to the U.S. for asylum.
“Ironically, our goals of having people stay and thrive in El Salvador are very similar to the current administration’s,” said Ken Baker, chief executive of Glasswing International, which uses U.S funds to runs education, health and entrepreneurship programs in El Salvador. “Through our programs, we’ve been able to provide opportunities and the belief that they [potential migrants] can thrive here.”
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