Brent Bozell

The Washington Post found in their April 6-9 poll that 75 percent of those they poll feel disagreed with the notion that America is "doing enough" to curtail illegal immigration. Even as the Post reported that number in its next-morning coverage of the protests, they never gave that poll number its own story or headline. But the next day, the Post's front page carried the headline "Immigration Bill Fallout May Hurt House GOP." With 75 percent feeling America isn't "doing enough" with aliens, wouldn't that suggest the Democrats are in more trouble? Not if you work at the Post, and your heart-throbbing hopes and dreams for a Democratic Congress are defined as "news."

It's funny now to remember how upset the liberals became when the Post's business officials made the decision (soon withdrawn) to support a pro-troops rally beginning at the Pentagon. Well, the Post might not have officially sponsored the illegal-alien march, but the coverage read like an eight-page commercial. Consider these numbers to show how over the top the Post went to cover this protest: 19 bylined reporters, and another 20 assigned writers who were credited by name, seven staff photographers, 13 stories, 26 photographs. All in all, about eight full pages of coverage. 

And yet, in this ocean of newsprint, and these waves of pictures of flag-waving leftists, the Post found some adjectives were completely off limits, scrubbed from the script like there was a Politburo meeting before the paper went out. The word "liberal" never appeared to describe anyone or anything at the rally: not the protesters, not the organizers, not the speakers, not the posters, nothing.

Another utterly forbidden word was "amnesty," a word that describes pending legislation before Congress to forgive and forget the trespassing of immigrants who broke (and continue to break) our laws. The word simply did not appear anywhere in the 13 stories, despite common black-and-yellow "Amnistia!" signs at the rallies.

For all of the swooning news coverage, it's not at all certain that Congress will agree to change anything about immigration policy this year. But the media have made their political preferences clear: They disagree with the majority of Americans that illegal immigration is a serious national problem. They see thousands of illegal aliens demanding the right to change our politics -- and the right to vote in our elections -- and smile and tingle and throw bouquets of praise. They are there, arm in arm, with that 10 percent fringe.


Brent Bozell

Founder and President of the Media Research Center, Brent Bozell runs the largest media watchdog organization in America.
 
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