NBC's Andrea Mitchell said Arizona was becoming a "laughingstock," and then showed "Saturday Night Live" fake-news anchor Seth Meyers joking, "So heads up, Arizona. That's fascism. I know, I know, it's a dry fascism, but it's still fascism." Then Jon Stewart compared Arizona's request for papers to "the same thing free black people had to do in 1863."
Remember this the next time NBC whines about super PACs making our politics ugly.
By contrast, left-wing protesters were never once described as "liberal." No, they're "Latino activists" or "civil rights activists." One might assume the left was in the majority. ABC's David Muir described an "angry backlash from coast to coast. Huge rallies across this country tonight against that new controversial immigration law." Only five of the 50 stories then mentioned the Arizona law was broadly favored by 70 percent of the public. So much for that "huge" opposition.
Underlying this entire journalistic crusade in every year is the fervent hope that minorities will vote overwhelmingly Democratic. NBC and MSNBC reports its poll showing Obama beating Romney 61 to 27 percent among Latinos so often one must assume it gives them a Chris Matthews-style thrill up their legs.
President Obama clearly sided against Arizona law enforcers when he put out a race-card statement after the high court decision saying, "No American should ever live under a cloud of suspicion just because of what they look like." This principle obviously does not extend to white police officers.
Republicans obviously would like to appeal to Latino voters, to every voter. Their challenge is a national press corps that tries nightly to poison the waters, implying that Latinos should vote for Obama as a matter of ethnic survival. They mock the conservatives as "dry fascists" and slaveholders. They claim to solemnly oppose dividing the country by race. Don't believe it. They thrive on it. "Wedge issues" are fantastic ... when they help liberals acquire power.