Accuracy in Media

Rush Limbaugh asked, “Who’s Cruz?,” and answered it by noting that the California Lieutenant Governor who is running for governor in the recall election has an affiliation with a group known by the acronym, MEChA. That stands for Chicano Student Movement Aztl?n. This is an Aztec word that is used by Mexican irredentists in the U.S. to describe the western states that they hope to take over and restore to Mexico by capturing control politically. They cite the huge increase in Mexican residents of California, New Mexico, Arizona, Texas and other western states. MEChA claims it has chapters at scores of American colleges, and dozens of high schools, mostly in California.

A poll at the end of August showed Bustamante having the support of 35 percent of likely voters, while Arnold Schwarzenegger received 22 percent, and State Senator Tom McClintock had 12 percent. The rise of Bustamante is attributed to his support from California’s increasingly powerful Hispanic vote.

Virginia Deane Abernathy, author of Population Politics, explains that MEChA’s overriding theme is that California is going to be a Hispanic state and that anyone who doesn’t like it can leave. Art Torres, chairman of the California Democratic Party, had opposed Proposition 187 to cut off public welfare benefits to illegal aliens, calling the measure “the last gasp of white America in California.”

The group American Patrol asks, “Will former Mechista Cruz Bustamante turn California over to Mexico? Talk-show host Lowell Ponte says that “Bustamante has refused to distance himself in any way from MEChA and its desire to return Aztl?n to Mexico. Does he see himself running to become governor of one of the United States?or of the regained Mexican state of Alta California, as the Spanish called the upper counterpart to Baja California in Mexico? This is something he should be asked about by voters and the press at every public appearance.”

Columnist Michelle Malkin says “the liberal press has been stone-cold silent on Bustamante’s connection to one of the nation’s most virulently racist organizations.” An exception has been Investor’s Business Daily, which has a conservative editorial page. A Fox News story said that “some conservatives claim Bustamante is racist in his support of Latinos at the expense of other groups?” But that’s not the real issue. The charge stems from his association with a racist group that wants to establish a new Mexican nation on U.S. soil. Two years ago, in another controversy, Bustamante used a racial epithet in a speech to a black labor group. He apologized at the end of his speech and in radio and newspaper interviews. He told reporters he meant to say “Negro.” But the major media don’t want to talk about that, either.

A Bustamante supporter, Internet blogger Nathan Newman, says, “The United States controls California because of two things?we committed genocide against Native Americans and we conducted a racist military expansion into what had been Mexican-controlled territory.” Reporters should ask if that view lies behind Bustamante’s drive for political power.

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