Let's take a look at the report "Arizona Border Dispute" from Bryan Sanders of the "CBS News Political Unit." At first glance it might look like just a standard rundown of the two main massive amnesty schemes: Kennedy/McCain and Cornyn/Kyl.
But, there at the start of the fourth paragraph, sticking out like a big ol' propagandistic thumb, comes this:
There is emerging consensus at the state and national level that the U.S. immigration system is broken and needs to be fixed.
Here's an Orlando Sentinel editorial from a few days ago: Clearly, it is past time for Congress to fix this country's broken immigration system.
And, here's a David Brooks editorial: The system is out of control.
Another instance here, and more in "America's immigration system is broken, and needs to be fixed".
There is the distinct possibility that they are indeed all reading from the same script.
Returning to the CBS News report, we come to this bit:
A Pew Hispanic Center poll released last week shows 84 percent of Americans favor a plan allowing illegal immigrants to stay and work in the United States with an opportunity to become citizens later. The same poll shows Americans, to a slightly lesser degree, are also sympathetic to the Kyl-Cornyn approach.
See if you can spot the mistake the reporter made in this blurb about the study in question:
Although an overwhelming majority of Hispanics expresses positive attitudes toward immigrants, relatively few Hispanics favor increasing the flow of legal immigration from Latin America and a significant minority, concentrated among native-born Latinos, is concerned that unauthorized migrants are hurting the economy. One hotly-debated means to discourage unauthorized migration--laws that deny drivers licenses to people who are in the country illegally--draws support from a majority of the native born, according to a survey of the Latino population in the United States conducted by the Pew Hispanic Center...
I have trouble believing it could escape anyone's notice that this survey was just of "Latinos" and not of Americans as a whole, but let's just assume that's an honest mistake.
Back to CBS:
For Republicans considering a run to succeed Mr. Bush as the party's nominee for the White House in 2008, immigration is a thorny issue. They are under pressure to strike a balance between the concerns of conservative primary voters favoring a hard-line approach, and those of Hispanics, who are largely sympathetic to the plight of migrant workers, and represent a pivotal voting bloc in the general election...
Apparently the great majority of Americans - those who think the immigration laws should be enforced - are hard-liners. And, apparently we should allow one racial group to dictate our immigration policies. But, what do most Americans really think? To help us find out, let's turn to CBS Poll: 63% oppose "work permits" for "illegal immigrants".
Immigration2005b · Thu, 08/25/2005 - 12:05 · Importance: 1