USA Today published a useful investigation today (7/15/11) finding that “rates of violent crime along the U.S./Mexico border have been falling for years,” that U.S. border cities are “statistically safer on average than other cities in their states” and “border cities, big and small, have maintained lower crime rates than the national average, which itself has been falling.”
The USA Today report is not the first to dispel what it calls the “bloody” picture of the U.S. border with Mexico. But while it cites politicians, including Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, for spreading the myth, the piece lets right-wing media, including national pundits like Bill O’Reilly, off the hook. (As FAIR has repeatedly noted, O’Reilly has been a key propagandist pushing the border violence lie.)
But mainstream corporate outlets have done their share, too. As I pointed out in April’s Extra! (“Worthy and Unworthy Border Murders“), so-called mainstream reporters frequently embrace the narrative that unauthorized immigration poses a grave threat to the nation.