Soledad O`Brien Wins VDARE.COM`s Seventh Annual Worst Immigration Reporting Award!


[Previous Winners:


Andrew Lam,
Pacific News
Service, 2002;


Michael Hiltzik
, LA Times, 2003;

Jim Spencer,

Denver Post, 2005;


Bart Jones And Mae Cheng
,
Newsday, 2006;
Nina Bernstein,
New York Times, 2007;

Miriam Jordan
,
Wall Street Journal,
2008]

What a coincidence!

O`Brien, who is all over CNN with its
non-stop coverage of the
earthquake
in Haiti
, is also

VDARE.COM`s
unanimous winner of our annual

“Worst Immigration
Reporter”
contest.

In a departure from tradition, O`Brien is
our first worst immigration winner from the broadcast, not
print, media.

O`Brien, who is
half
Cuban black,  half
Australian Irish
, has gathered many boring conventional
awards, including one named after herself: the

“Soledad O`Brien Freedom`s Voice Award”
 from the
Morehouse School of Medicine
for being a “catalyst for
social change”
.  

But, because the

competition is stiffer,
ours is harder to win—and therefore
more prestigious.

I note that the
“O`Brien Award” given
to O`Brien is significant because, as you will soon learn, she`s
in love with herself.

O`Brien has also been included twice in

Irish America
Magazine`s
list of top 100 Irish Americans—as well as on
Black Enterprise`s
hottest list! 


Newsweek featured
O`Brien
on a cover story and named her as one of the
15 People Who Make America Great”.

Therein lies the secret of O`Brien`s
success. No matter what the assignment O`Brien, ethnically
speaking, is the right reporter for the job.

When CNN wants a black to interview

Michelle Obama
, the

Hurricane Katrina
displaced, or
Haiti`s
victims
, there`s O`Brien posing as a black. (See O`Brien
with Obama, her “passion
for justice”
for New Orleans` residents displaced by Katrina
and the Haitian orphan victims
here,
here
and

here
. More evidence: in

this interview
discussing another of her documentaries,

“Black in America”
, O`Brien identifies herself as black.)

However, if CNN decides that it would be a
good idea to run a documentary about being

“Latino in America”,

they can call on O`Brien, a self described Latina. (Here,
among a Hispanic audience, O`Brien reconfirms that description.)

When a highfalutin` organization needs an
ethnically all-purpose speaker, O`Brien is their girl. Her

appointment calendar
is

booked solid
because she`s everything all rolled up into
one: female, African-American, Hispanic and
Irish.

For example, last year on November 10th
O` Brien
travelled
to Yale University as the guest of the

Poynter Fellowship in Journalism
to present her

speech
agonizingly titled

“Diversity in the Media:
Behind the Scenes & in Our Lives”
.

Chances are good that O`Brien used the same
notes from her October 28th speech at

St. Joseph`s University:

“Diversity on TV, Behind
the Scenes and in our Lives”
.

Or perhaps O`Brien rehashed her

January speech given at Duke University,

“Black in America:
African Americans in the Last Forty Years”
. (Watch
here.)

Before I launch into why O`Brien won this
year, a little biographical information will help you understand
why my choice is an easy one.

O`Brien never misses a chance to literally
cash in by referring to herself by her complete name,

María de la Soledad Teresa O`Brien
.

Although she

doesn`t speak Spanish
, this gives O`Brien an excellent
opportunity to define herself as a multicultural maven who`s
perfect for CNN or any other mainstream media outlet. Maybe if
she looks back far enough in her genealogical tree, she`ll find
Asian ancestors!

Against all evidence, O`Brien stretches to
make a point of her black/Latina roots. In an interview for her

official CNN biography
, O`Brien states that she has:
“a mass of kinky hair, light brown skin and lots of freckles”.

Photographs of O`Brien do not support her
claim. In

this
ethnically ambiguous photo I see a traditional
hairstyle, no freckles and either light brown skin or too much
make up.

Now to my topic: During her seven year CNN
career and before that

at NBC
, O`Brien has been consistently terrible on
immigration and race.

What iced our award for O`Brien is her
two-part documentary,

“Latino in America”
,
which
bombed in the ratings
and had the curious effect of angering
everyone including

some Latinos
. Her 2007 documentary,
“Black in America”,
also

raised the ire
of many blacks.


Defending
“Latino in
America”
, O`Brien tries to make the case that she represents
a “voice for the
voiceless”
.

This position is patently absurd. Anyone
who follows immigration knows that
immigration
reform patriots
are the voiceless ones, to the point that
the media regularly
censors
us.

The immigrant story is told repeatedly in
the most sympathetic terms on CNN or in the
New York Times, the
Los Angeles Times, the
Washington Post and
other
major dailies
.

What the CNN documentary does, apparently
without O`Brien catching the irony, is emphasize why illegal
immigration does not—as she would have you believe—make the case
for diversity but instead exacerbates the

problems of multiculturalism
.

One of O`Brien`s subjects is

Francisca Abreau
, a Dominican high school student apparently
in the U.S. illegally, who when pregnant at 14, contemplated
suicide. Then, after Abreau gave birth to

her anchor baby
daughter Destiny (!!!), she received therapy
for her continued identity struggles.

Here`s what I take from Abreau`s story: at

taxpayer`s expense
she took up a seat in a New York
classroom, delivered a baby and underwent costly psychological
treatments. In the light of
my
twenty-five years
in the California public school system, I
would place Francisca`s odds for success as an adult at near
zero.

In another segment, O`Brien featured Tucson
illegal alien activist Isabel Garcia, who during an

open borders rally
beheaded a pinata that resembled Sheriff
Joe Arpaio. (See it

here
.) Garcia (email
her) defended it as free speech. 

One of the interesting things about O`Brien
is that for as much time as she spends defining herself as black
or Latino, she never refers to herself as American—even though
she is American-born, raised in
Long Island
in comfortable,

middle class
surroundings.

When O`Brien discussed the conceptual
evolution of Latino in
America
, she said that she was approached by many ethnic
groups urging a special on
Asian in America,

Gay in America
, and

Muslim in America
. But O`Brien never mentioned what would be the
most
interesting
of all:

White in America.

At least one black viewer

agrees
.

O`Brien is sharp enough to realize that the
multicultural angle works for her. She`s parlayed it into a fat
salary and inflated speaking fees. Moreover, she`s married to an

investment banker
and lives

the high life
in Manhattan.

Her ethnic roots, whatever they may be,
have paid O`Brien rich rewards.

Along with her five siblings, O`Brien is a
Harvard graduate. However, she didn`t learn much.

During her

recent appearance
on

Celebrity Jeopardy
,
she came in last and finished behind basketball legend

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
(UCLA).

The final jeopardy question that O`Brien
couldn`t answer: “Trees
with biblical names include the


Joshua tree
and the
world`s oldest tree
,
a 4,700-year old pine named for him. What is it?”
O`Brien`s
reply: “Who is

Moses
?” (Correct
answer: “Who was

Methuselah
?”)

O`Brien`s

excuse
: the buzzer is hard to operate.

Along with her complete failure to report
honestly about immigration, I deducted points for O`Brien`s smug
attitude and grating voice, a big minus for a television anchor.
(Watch her talk about Spike Lee
here.)

Finally, O`Brien is not only a phony but
flat out just not a nice person!

In a non-journalism related incident, last
year O`Brien signed an eviction notice for her co-op neighbor
because she did not like his dog!

According to O`Brien, a Neapolitan Mastiff
in her building

offended her
because of its
"size, slobbering,
shedding, drooling, gassiness and odors"
.

Luckily for Ugo and his owners,

the judge
threw O`Brien`s case out.

We`re resigned to lousy media immigration
coverage.

But for O`Brien to try to kick out a
beloved
family dog
out because of her delicate sensibilities is
something
I will never tolerate
!

Joe Guzzardi
[email
him] is a California native
who recently fled the state because of over-immigration,
over-population and a rapidly deteriorating quality of life. He
has moved to Pittsburgh, PA where the air is clean and the
growth rate stable. A
long-time instructor in English at the Lodi Adult School,
Guzzardi has been writing a weekly column since 1988. It
currently appears in the


Lodi News-Sentinel.