'Glenn Beck': The Objective Journalists of NBC News Examine Immigration

This is a rush transcript from "Glenn Beck," May 19, 2010. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

GLENN BECK, HOST: On last night's program — if you TiVo'd it and haven't watched it yet, please do. It's an important show. It's on social justice and how it is infecting our churches.

The same thing is happening with immigration after the passage of the Arizona illegal immigration law. It's not in the churches. Remember, we had Nancy Pelosi talking about one thing. Now, we have NBC News. Now, we we're good at crossing media and state.

They are preparing cross network examination of state of immigration in America for May 26. It's going to be called "A Nation Divided" — "NBC Nightly News."

It will be a series that will spread all across all of the platforms of NBC — NBC, MSNBC, CNBC and Telemundo. Really? You know what those networks all have in common? They're owned by — show me: G.E.

OK, it would have been cool if it happened but we don't have it.

G.E., the same G.E. whose CEO, Jeff Immelt, is on Barack Obama's economic advisory board. The same G.E. is — that has been bailed out by this administration.

The same G.E. who helps this administration by programming green weeks to push climate change.

The same G.E. that we know will be one of the biggest winners if cap-and-trade is passed.

Wow. Are G.E.'s networks now just doing the bidding of the state? Are they the government's broadcast arm? Is NBC America's Pravda? You can decide for yourself.

Back in a minute.


BECK: The merging, last night, of church and state. Tonight, media and state. Here is a little example of how so far NBC's stable of objective journalists have been handling the coverage of the Arizona immigration law. Here it is:


JOE SCARBOROUGH, MSNBC: It does offend me when one out of every three citizens in the state of Arizona are Hispanics and you have now put a target on the back of one of three citizens, who, if they are walking their dog around a neighborhood, if they're walking their child to school, and they're an American citizen or a legal — legal — immigrant can now put a target on their back and make them think that every time they walk out of their door, they may have to prove something.

I will tell you, that is un-American. It's unacceptable and it is un-American.

CONTESSA BREWER, MSNBC: The people who are here illegally have a pivotal role in making our country work. They do all kind of jobs. They keep our economy going. They keep us fed, our houses clean, our gardens tended and the like.

When you are looking at removing those people from the system — it's odd to me that you would get so much support. I mean, nationwide, the polls show more than half of the people think that the Arizona law just about gets it right.

Why do you think there is so much support for the law when the consequences of removing those estimated 12 million illegal immigrants could really devastate the economy?

MATT LAUER, CO-HOST, 'TODAY' SHOW: Critics are having a field day with this, Sheriff Arpaio, as you know. Some are calling for business boycott of the State of Arizona. The Homeland Security secretary used to be the governor of Arizona and said she doesn't like this bill.

Editorial cartoons are making fun of it. Here is one where a guy goes up to a fast food counter, orders nachos and is immediately surrounded by police for probable cause. Are you worried that it affects the image of your state?

UNIDENTIFIED GUEST, 'MORNING JOE,' MSNBC: So it's not just Hispanics that should be concerned about this law. I think it's anybody and everybody who worries about their civil rights.


BECK: Jack, come here for a second. Come here for a second. Jack is — Jack is our sound guy here on the floor and a friend. And we were talking about this the other day. I mean, they have the same opinion of people in the White House that haven't even read the bill. It's interesting, isn't it?

Jack, this is your grandmother?

JACK, SOUND CREW: That is my great aunt.

BECK: This is your great aunt? And where is your mom? This is your mom? Your mom was from Jamaica, right?

JACK: Nassau, Bahamas.

BECK: Oh, Nassau, Bahamas. OK. So these are the citizenship papers. And Jack brought them in for me to show because he remembers — as a kid, he remembers the pride she took in these papers, that it was a big deal to get them and the way she kept them.

I mean, we have had papers before. We're not even asking for papers like this. That's not what we're even talking about. Anybody who has read the bill and we did — thank you, Jack.

Anybody who read the bill, which we did on our radio show today — it took us about an hour and we got about halfway through. In just that first 10 pages, I think it says like maybe six or seven times, "This cannot be based on anything but the Constitution. It cannot discriminate on race, ethnicity or nation of origin."

And you have to be stopped for something else. And if the cops don't, the cop goes to jail. Let's talk the truth here. Let's talk the truth, because the truth will set you free and also will set the fire and consume all the untruths.

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