A ‘Liberal Journalist’ on assignment from Esquire was sent to ask people living along the border what they want done to stop the flow of illegal immigrants.
The typically liberal magazine doesn’t post their most recent issue online, but does send editors to interview (promote print sales) with other traditional media. A clip is included in this story of the magazine’s editor-in-chief, Jay Fielden, on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”
Host Joe Scarborough referred to the writer as a “liberal journalist” and Fielden said he instructed the reporter to “go down there with no preconceived notions, just an empty notebook.”
Fielden, a former Texan, explained the assignment was to drive or walk the 800-mile border and “talk to whoever you see and let them tell us what’s really going on and whether we need a wall,” he told Scarborough and his panel.
“They said, ‘Build the wall,’” Fielden said, adding, “Hispanic, Anglo, Democratic, Republican, uncommitted, clueless, whatever, they said, ‘We want a wall, and we want it tied to some compassion.’”
“Most of those Hispanics are first-generation and they see it as unfair,” he said. “I think they feel, as one guy said, ‘Get in line.’”
Fielden’s most intriguing statement comes at the end of the clip when he notes that Americans of all backgrounds, race and political affiliation believe, “If the laws are enforced, compassion will prevail.”