And if the media's job is simply to report without prejudice, then what of the views of the vast majority of Americans, outraged by the sight of illegal aliens demanding "rights" from the government they refuse to obey?
The language gets all mangled in these stories. Tuesday morning, NBC's Kevin Tibbles actually referred to illegal aliens with this P.C. gibberish: The protests were for "those who critics call illegals." If you came into America without going through a legal process, you are here illegally. But minority-journalist groups are actually demanding that the press drop the I-word. Ivan Roman of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists says this word gives the "implication of something criminal or worthy of nothing but suspicion. That helps to predetermine the credibility or respect given to one of the protagonists of this debate, which is not conducive to good journalism."
Isn't it odd that our liberal media run around in horrified circles about "illegal wiretaps" or "illegal leaks" of Valerie Plame's name, but when it comes to immigration, illegal aliens are just patriotic folks exercising their free speech, devoid of controversy?
The media insist the controversy is not over the protesters, it's over Congress for failing to accede to the illegal-alien lobby's demands. On CBS, morning show host Hannah Storm pressed Sen. Bill Frist: "Monday, over one million immigrants skipped work and skipped school and marched in streets across America. What is it going to take, Senator, for Congress to come together and institute some meaningful immigration reform?"
"Meaningful immigration reform" simply means amnesty for illegal aliens, and encouraging more illegal immigration in the future. These people seem to have no finger on the pulse of average Americans, who don't like illegal-alien cheaters having the audacity to first come into the country illegally, and then demand their "rights."
Reporters don't ask the question: Doesn't the rally present a terrific opportunity to round up and arrest illegal aliens for deportation? (More public opinion ignored: MSNBC made this their unscientific online poll question, and two-thirds said yes.) Don't the businesses shutting down for the rally suggest terrific targets for immigration enforcement visits? Couldn't some reporter somewhere ask of our political leaders, "What's it going to take, Senator, for Congress to come together and institute some meaningful immigration enforcement?"