It’s a new law of journalism: Put a piece about illegal immigrants in the paper, and stand back for the reader reaction.
It happened again last week when The N&O published a profile of Johnston County Sheriff Steve Bizzell. Our inboxes were full of pungent comment on the sheriff’s incautious remarks about the Hispanic presence in the county where he enforces the law.
Among Bizzell’s observations, as captured in quotes by staff writer Kristin Collins: “Mexicans are trashy.” They are “breeding like rabbits.” “All they do is work and make love.”
Bizzell is not just any anti-immigrant xenophobe. He is the immediate past president of the N.C. Sheriffs Association, in which he advocated a crackdown on undocumented immigrants, andhe has been on a sheriffs’ task force for U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole on immigration issues. He has appeared in campaign ads for her.
I look forward to the parade of TV commentators asking Liddy to denounce Bizzell, and opining solemnly thather past friendship with him is just one more cross Republicans will have to bear in the elections this fall.