I really, really, think the media is missing the point - and the overwhelming opinion of the American people - with their relentless criticism of Arizona's new illegal immigrant laws. In their breathless - albeit vain - attempts to prove that these new statutes are the second coming of National Socialism, they wind up proving the case of the law's proponents.
To wit - from the CSM, in an article that was featured on Yahoo yesterday:
Hispanics abandon Arizona, fleeing economy, immigration law
Sounds bad, right? Well, truthfully, the first thing our intrepid writers admit is that they really have zero proof of this statement whatsoever:
Arizona’s hard-hitting immigration law is driving Hispanics out of the state weeks before the controversial law goes into effect.
Although concrete figures are not available, anecdotal evidence suggests Hispanics, both legal residents and illegal immigrants, are starting to flee.
Ah. Anecdotal evidence. Good enough for liberal hysteria, I reckon. Now they point out what happened the last time Arizona tightened restrictions on illegals:
Critics contend the law could lead to racial profiling of Hispanics. It could also force an exodus of scared immigrants – legal and illegal. Nearly 100,000 illegal immigrants left Arizona after it passed a 2007 law that penalized businesses that hired them, according to the Department of Homeland Security.
So, in other words, the laws have been working exactly as intended. And again,there is zero proof given for the contention that legal immigrants are being affected.
So let's look at that headline again: Hispanics abandon Arizona, fleeing economy, immigration law
Perhaps, in a world where the media was even somewhat unbiased, it would read:
Early evidence shows Arizona law working as intended
But that wouldn't scare anybody, nor paint conservatives as hate-mongering racist second cousins of the Nazi regime, would it?
So the media lies, instead.
Americans have long since become accustomed to this, though, and they'll be able to read between the lines. The media will become more and more frustrated as their distortions of reality become more and more opaque.
So what will they do? Become more honest in their reporting? Or, in a blind rage and fury at the stubbornness of the American people in refusing to accept their narrative, will they decide that the haven't "communicated well enough", and thus double their propaganda efforts?
Gee, that's a hard one...
UPDATE: And then, of course, there is certain information that they won't tell you, as it doesn't fit the narrative...