Liz, Meet Gail. Gail, Meet Liz.

2 comments May 16th, 2006at 11:49am Posted by Eli

In case anyone doubted that there is an impermeable wall between News and Opinion…

Liz Bumiller’s “news analysis” of Bush’s address on immigration:

The headline news from President Bush’s immigration speech on Monday was troops to the border, but in substance and tone the address reflected the more subtle approach of a man shaped by Texas border-state politics and longtime personal views.

(Oh yeah, Bush is Mr. Nuance.)

What was remarkable to people who knew Mr. Bush in Texas was how much he still believes in the power of immigration to invigorate the nation.

“He’s always had a more welcoming attitude,” said Bruce Buchanan, a presidential scholar at the University of Texas. “He always spoke well of Mexican nationals and regarded them as hard-working people. So his grace notes on this subject are high.”

(snip)

“He understands this community in the way you do when you live in a border state,” said Israel Hernandez, an assistant secretary at the Commerce Department who traveled with Mr. Bush as a personal aide when he first ran for governor. “Philosophically, he understands why people want to come to the U.S. And he doesn’t consider them a threat.”

Today’s NYT lead editorial:

President Bush’s speech from the Oval Office last night was not a blueprint for comprehensive immigration reform. It was a victory for the fear-stricken fringe of the debate.

These are the people who say illegal border crossings must be stopped immediately, with military boots in the desert sand. Never mind the overwhelming burdens of Iraq and Afghanistan, the absence of a coherent and balanced immigration policy, and the broad public support for a comprehensive solution. America must send its overtaxed troops to the border right now, they say, so a swarm of ruthless, visa-less workers cannot bury our way of life under a relentless onslaught of hard work.

Rather than standing up for truth, Mr. Bush swiveled last night in the direction of those who see immigration, with delusional clarity, as entirely a problem of barricades and bad guys. His plan to deploy “up to 6,000” National Guard troops to free the Border Patrol to hunt illegal immigrants is a model of stark simplicity, one sure to hearten the Minuteman vigilantes, frightened conspiracy theorists, English-only Latinophobes, right-wing radio and TV personalities, and members of Congress who have no patience for sorting out the various and mixed blessings that surging immigration has given this country.

Suddenly, I’m hearing the “fight theme” from Star Trek (Brrr-AH!)…

Entry Filed under: Bush,Immigration,Media,Politics,Wankers

2 Comments

  • 1. spocko  |  May 17th, 2006 at 2:25 am

    Did somebody say fighting theme from Star Trek?

    200 quatloos on Gail.

  • 2. Eli  |  May 17th, 2006 at 8:47 am

    Lizzy Bum would totally fight dirty, though.


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