In the actual House roll call on the Sensenbrenner bill that "sparked" the protests, 17 Republicans broke ranks with the majority party -- while 36 Democrats dissented from their party's position. Put in percentage terms, 92 percent of Republicans voted yes, and 82 percent of Democrats voted no. Which party was more split? And more importantly, with polls showing a massive majority opposed to illegal immigration, which party was in more political danger? Once again, the networks were pushing the exact opposite of reality.
Give the leftists some credit. Their protests were impressively large and made for good visuals. But what really ought to matter to politicians is the voters in the booths in November, not merely the immigrants "emerging from the shadows" on the streets in April, so many of whom were illegal aliens and unable to vote in our elections. The networks completely jumped the gun in celebrating the "massive" demonstrations as the instant, microwaved making of "history." There is not a scintilla of evidence that this will advance the Democrats' agenda one iota. In fact, if the GOP ever got its act together, it could bury the opposition with this issue alone.
Despite all this evidence that made Tom Brokaw's claims of old-fashioned network devotion to fairness look farcical, one poll in Time (another poll number the networks ignored) found that more people were turned away from the illegal-alien agenda than turned in favor by the much-mediated protests. Perhaps never has so much media bias created as much of a thud of failure as this did. But you'll never catch a whiff of that political reality if you rely on the Big Three networks and their unfair and imbalanced fairytale picture of the world.
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