Monday, May 22, 2006
# Posted 8:56 PM by Ariel David Adesnik
On all NBC and CBS, the headliners were followed by a pair of legislators, one for and one against, debating immigration. On NBC, Lindsey Graham faced off against Rep. Charlie Norwood (R-GA). On CBS, Dianne Feinstein faced off against Jim Sensenbrenner. On ABC, John Edwards got the spotlight all to himself.
And before we get to the grades, remember that more details are always available from Mark Kilmer at Red State.
Condi: B+. Let's just say it would be a good idea if the White House cancelled all of Dick Cheney's interviews and sent Condi instead. The Pentagon might also consider hiring her. So why no 'A' or 'A-'? Because the SecState only parried Russert's blows, instead of striking her own.Instead of individual grades for the hosts, I'm going to give them a collective 'B-'. Their questions on immigration are completely one-sided. They aggressively challenge the opponents of reform, going after the fundamental premises of their arguments. In contrast, they occasionally question the tactics of those who support reform, or instead go after them from the left.
The question for opponents of reform is always "What are you going to do with the 12 million immigrants who are already here?" A good quesiton. But the question for those who support reform is always "How will you get the House to support a reform bill in conference?" not "Why should illegal immigrants be allowed to earn their citizenship while those who chose to play by the rules and stay at home get nothing?"
As an advocate of reform, perhaps I shouldn't bite the hand the feeds. But I care more about balanced journalism, so I won't endorse a double standard even when it favors my side. (3) opinions -- Add your opinion
There is a recursive quality to this debate. Under current immigration law, illegals are subject to deportation. We have the choice to enforce the law, or develop some less severe treatment for illegals. 'Earned citizenship' supporters say it is infeasible to enforce immigration law, so they want to develop a new regime of fines, English language lessons, etc. Suppose we pass whatever bill Feinstein has in mind. Then suppose that illegals stay true to form and ignore our immigration law.
At that point, we will have the choice to enforce the law, or develop some less severe treatment for illegals.
This process can end only with enforcement of the law, or amnesty.
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