With a little help from today’s news, Bill O’reilly and his recurring guest Bernard Goldberg have finally convinced me. I now agree with them that the media is not just biased in opinion, but is corrupt in their tactics and means they will use to push their agenda. If you’ve ever questioned the leanings and power of a “covertly” slanted media, look no further than the past week and a half. The hubbub over the Arizona Illegal Immigration law points to a trend that should frighten even the leftist of left-wingers. I believe the media, working in possible collusion with open-borders proponents and morally confused liberals have engaged in a campaign to blatantly distort, discredit and outright lie about the new Arizona law.
Now, the law does have its shortcomings as good people can disagree on its merits. My issues are with the opening up of lawsuits directed towards AZ police officers, and the potential for anyone in law enforcement using the added responsibility to harass the innocent. But then again I assume the best from Police Officers in general and do not view them as power hungry abusers like those on the left do. What we can’t argue are the repeated tactics liberals and their pocket media have engaged in to purposely skirt and deflect the real issues facing not just those affected, but all Americans.
The bottom line is that the state of Arizona, inundated with illegal immigrants passed this law which they subsequently scaled back, to either aggressively crack down on illegal immigration and their employers, or to force the hand of the federal government to definitively secure our border. Both ends are tricky and a political nightmare, but Arizona believed their legal population’s civil rights, safety and economy trumped those of some 500,000 estimated illegals that currently live in Arizona. Don’t’ forget that 70% of AZ residents supported this law, and painstaking lengths were taken to thoughtfully development it, assuring that no one’s civil rights will be marginalized. Additional training is scheduled for AZ police officers, and again Mexican illegal immigration laws are MUCH more stringent and brutal. None of this has mattered to the left and the media. And today we saw the results of that blatant corruption.
This morning when I woke up I saw this on Yahoo’s homepage. The Phoenix Suns in an alleged attempt to honor the Latino Community decided to wear their alternate “Los Suns” jerseys for their May 5th game. The reasoning was, “to honor [the] Latino community and the diversity of our league, the state of Arizona, and our nation.” Sounds harmless and beautiful right? Think again. Team owner Robert Sarver after calling the law flawed chimed in with, “the result of passing the law is that our basic principles of equal rights and protection under the law are being called into question.” Called into question why? Because a cop, already engaged with someone may ask for I.D.? Because now an immigrant or temporary worker or student who, under federal law is already required to carry their legal documentation with them, may now be asked for it? Oh it gets worse.
Tipping their hand, the writer said this about Phoenix star point guard and Canadian citizen Steve Nash, “As if he weren’t likeable enough,” then quoted this gem of irrational knowledge, ” I think the law is very misguided. I think it’s, unfortunately, to the detriment of our society and our civil liberties. I think it’s very important for us to stand up for things we believe in. . . The league is very multicultural . . . our Latino community here is very strong and important to us.” Okay great. Now what does that have to do with the AZ law which simply traces the federal anti-illegal immigration law? Mr. Nash, have you even read the law, or its subsequent amendments? Have you even read or watched ANYTHING with a moderately level hand in regards to media coverage on this law? Or have you simply been played by the far left and their colluding media cohorts? Amazingly the article gets even worse.
NBA Players Association executive director Billy Hunter was quoted with this, “the new immigration law in Arizona is disappointing and disturbing. The National Basketball Players Association strongly supports the repeal or immediate modification of this legislation. Any attempt to encourage, tolerate or legalize racial profiling is offensive and incompatible with basic notions of fairness and equal protection. A law that unfairly targets one group is ultimately a threat to all.” So that’s it then. I guess all NBA players have read the law, heard fair commentary and reporting on it, and made their decisions. Do you think Billy Hunter realizes just how stupid he sounds saying this is an attempt to legalize racial profiling? Do these millionaires have any idea what they’re saying?
Do me a favor. Watch Bill O’reilly’s talking points from Monday night and tell me what you disagree with. Tell me where he misses the point and where he distorts the truth about the AZ law and about the media’s unfair play regarding it. Are you starting to believe me?
Even after over a week of unfair media coverage, often times with news outlets framing the bill as anti-immigration instead of anti-illegal immigration, over 50% of the public is still in favor of immigration laws with similar language. And even after AZ reworded the bill to assure their resident’s civil rights, and that no racial profiling will be done, the damage may have already been done. With normal disdain for law enforcement, and a desire to incite irrational fervor while constantly demonizing the tactics and mindset that they are displaying, the left has absolutely jumped off the cliff into the pit of complete irrationality.
Can you understand my issue and anger here? The groundwork has been laid over the past week and a half, and the positions clearly articulated, and now it’s time that we expose the callous absurdity within our media and Democratic Party. Many so-called leaders on the issue have been quoted blatantly lying about the law, prominent news outlets are purposely wording their reports to push an agenda, and now an organization that reaches millions of children has reverberated these lies and distortions. Am I missing something here?