Why does the internets, popular and possibly most popular, news aggregator Drudge Report continue to paint ‘illegals’ in the worse light?
Case in point today there was a story link titled “Illegal Alien Stays Free in Hospital 1 Year; 12 Surgeries…” that makes you assume the original story is about Marco Antonio Fuentes being undocumented and bilking the hospital for his healthcare.
In reality the original story in the Fresno Bee is about the Community Regional Medical Center’s longest acute hospital staying patient and his incredible will to live.
The salacious, race-baiting Drudge title is meant to promote the image, that undocumented individuals are bleeding health care dry an image not offset by Drudge stories of uninsured whites, Asians or others receiving free health care in this country.
When reading the Fresno Bee you read a heart-warming story of a 35-year-old farm laborer, who incidently has been gainfully employed since 1997, bravely fighting a grave illness.
Fuentes was admired enough from hospital staff to garner a staff-thrown party and praise such as “Just looking at him, fighting for his life so hard kept me going.”
No immigrant bashing or dead beat implication here that I can read.
I kept reading on wondering where Drudge possibly could of determined that the story’s gist was on Fuentes being illegal or that he was uninsured. I found only 10 words in total on both those subjects in the lengthy article.
The website has registered consistent growth and rabid fans, much of it deserved. Who else could curate stories from all parts of the world and create an extreme right, fear mongering aura while painting itself as unbiased news site by simply posting story titles.
Well ok maybe Fox and MSNBC.
Typically Drudge makes news by selecting news that is newsworthy. You would assume the titles crafted on the site represent the meat behind the story but not when it comes to illegal immigration and illegal aliens. These are subjects apparently the Drudge Report likes to feed the fear in fear mongers.
So the take away here for readers interested in unbiased stories on the undocumented in the U.S: a) stay away from Drudge or b) read past the crafty titles you might be pleasantly surprised.