Get ready for another round of “did they do that on purpose or could they really be that racist and ignorant,” because Fox News was caught Sunday morning sporting a chyron saying “Trump Cuts U.S. Aid To 3 Mexican Countries” while referring to El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. Although it doesn’t matter what countries they were referring to, because the only country that is located within the borders of Mexico is Mexico.
Fox News referred to El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala as ‘3 Mexican countries’ during this segment pic.twitter.com/f04uJGLjPy— NowThis (@nowthisnews) March 31, 2019
It’s bad enough that their overlord is cutting off all direct aid to these countries because migrants are coming from them as though lack of aid won’t make the conditions even worse, producing even more migrants that Trump can suggest we mow down with machine guns. At least try to have a basic grip on the concept of what a country is.
Fox News has apologized for the “error,” making host Ed Henry say: “We had an inaccurate graphic on screen while talking about this very story. We just want to be clear, the funding is being cut off to the three Central American countries. We apologize for the error.”
But was it an error, or a way to spread more hate and ignorance about a certain type of people who are already currently being targeted for racist fearmongering to drive votes to Republicans? Does Fox News want to answer that? No?
Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez herself responded to the news of this racist Chyron with a reminder that these are the same people constantly attacking her intelligence as a Latina woman.
“3 Mexican Countries.”— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) March 31, 2019
Just a reminder that these are the same folks who assert their superiority by belittling the intelligence and good faith of others.https://t.co/7JA1kCdIoS pic.twitter.com/CwINMXAarO
And she’s not the only one. In spite of the apology, everyone who’s anyone is dragging the hell out of Fox News today, because they deserve it.
“3 mexican countries” pic.twitter.com/Sn0qy7bKS5— siraj hashmi (@SirajAHashmi) March 31, 2019
FOX NEWS: "Trump cuts U.S. aid to 3 Mexican countries."— Peter Daou (@peterdaou) March 31, 2019
I have nothing to add. https://t.co/xdeluRtMxd
3 Mexican countries!. There is only one Mexico. Guatemala, El Salvador y Honduras are other three different countries. This is what happens when ignorance and racism meet 🙈 pic.twitter.com/ynS3EVfwbP— Luis Carlos Vélez (@lcvelez) March 31, 2019
I was today years old when I found out Mexico was 3 countries pic.twitter.com/gVQx9cppzS— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) March 31, 2019
Remember, kids:— Julia Ioffe (@juliaioffe) March 31, 2019
Africa is one country.
Mexico is three countries. https://t.co/jm2Q7d7E7T
I love the 3 Mexican countries where I was born: The Niña, the Pinta and the Santa Maria. pic.twitter.com/xAueBzYENk— Ana Bretón (@missbreton) March 31, 2019
Words matter. When an entire network labels 3 different countries as "Mexican" and their viewers know exactly what they mean, that is systemic racism. It's so engrained in their thinking, they don't even notice. No wonder a third of the country sees enemies everywhere... https://t.co/fGcY94cp6D— Andrew Allen (@AndrewAllenVT) March 31, 2019
First official portrait of leaders of 3 Mexican countries released. pic.twitter.com/eZAXskBrqC— Rani Majumder (@RaniMajumder) March 31, 2019
Are you saying all Latin American countries look alike? pic.twitter.com/Zx8w5c0vTD— Jessica Fletcher (@heckyessica) March 31, 2019
Fox chyron intern is a bit hung over this morning. https://t.co/bpxAq2AkRf— Doug Stafford (@dougstafford) March 31, 2019
“3 Mexican countries...” oh Fox... you really are the Western worlds taint. https://t.co/N06A088vHd— Duncan Jones (@ManMadeMoon) March 31, 2019
They got it way wrong. It’s supposed to say “U.S. Cuts Aid to 3 Countries that Speak Mexican”! They should be more careful. Geez!— soxfan4 (@wsoxfnjoel) March 31, 2019
We can all laugh at Fox News “3 Mexican Countries” gaffe, but don’t lose sight of how revealing it is.— Alt. U.S. Press Sec. (@AltUSPressSec) March 31, 2019
To them all Hispanic folks are Mexicans, and all Mexicans are rapists, criminals, and invaders. pic.twitter.com/eDhlGKdWN8
Hi @FoxNews,— Ryan Knight 🇺🇸 (@ProudResister) March 31, 2019
There is no such thing as “3 Mexican countries.” There is only 1 country—which is our neighbor—called Mexico.
Trump cut US aid to 3 Central American countries because like the people who work at & watch your network he is a bigot.
Thanks for coming to my TED Talk. pic.twitter.com/gOhzMGYGgq
Challenge of the day, name “3 Mexican countries”. pic.twitter.com/PeFcNQXaZ5— Tim Hendricks (@Saltwatertattoo) March 31, 2019
Best part of this: none of the 3 countries were Mexico. https://t.co/XVGAMlhjOh— Mike P. "Ontario Dad" Moffatt 🇨🇦🏅🏅 (@MikePMoffatt) March 31, 2019
On impact, I will destroy at least 3 Mexican countries. Wherever a Mexican country exists, I will destroy it. https://t.co/DGoMvCIASb— Sweet Meteor O'Death (@smod4real) March 31, 2019
People at my work place didn’t know Puerto Rico is a US territory, that we are US citizens too or where it is located. 🤦🏻♂️ Can’t wait to go to work tomorrow and hear about Mexico’s 3 countries.— Jaime (@JaimeMino) March 31, 2019
What are the names of the 3 Mexican countries? #AskingForFoxNews— Matt (@nosoupforgeorge) March 31, 2019
Y’all expected millions of people to be smart enough to not vote for Trump when their main source of news thinks Mexico is multiple countries. 🤷🏾♂️ pic.twitter.com/f6Jglw9sma— Frederick Joseph (@FredTJoseph) March 31, 2019
Hardest part of planning a vacation is always deciding which of the Mexican countries to visit.— andy lassner (@andylassner) March 31, 2019
So unfair that Trump is punishing the other Mexican countries because of the actions of one bad Mexico https://t.co/X4QGUu34CT— Jonathan Chait (@jonathanchait) March 31, 2019
Those three countries are...— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) March 31, 2019
No Way San Jose pic.twitter.com/cPx5ApktSj
Apologize by taking yourself off the air, Fox News.