Saturday, December 18, 2010

The AP / Freep headline and story twist of the day - spinning the DREAM

The Associated Press and the Detroit Free Press, ever an unbiased news outlet, had the following caption for its story about the failure of the DREAM Act to pass the  Senate today:

Republicans block youth immigration bill

Yes, a bill to grant amnesty and open the floodgates of illegal immigrants is described by the AP, and by the Freep as a "youth immigration bill" and of course, if you believe the headline, its failure to pass was solely the Republican's fault. In reality, not so much.

The Freep doesn't even have the full AP report, that as biased as it is shows it wasn't just Republicans blocking the passing of the bill (remember the Democrats have a majority in the Senate so the Republicans alone can't truly block anything - but thanks for the spin AP and Freep!).
Three Republicans — Robert Bennett of Utah, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Richard Lugar of Indiana — joined 50 Democrats and the Senate's two independents in voting for the bill (and Thank you RINOs for your efforts!).

Five Democrats — Max Baucus and Jon Tester of Montana, Kay Hagan of North Carolina, Ben Nelson of Nebraska and Mark Pryor of Arkansas — joined 36 Republicans in blocking it. Not voting were Republican Sens. Jim Bunning of Kentucky, Orrin Hatch of Utah and Judd Gregg of New Hampshire, and Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia.
It would have been far more accurate to blame the Democrats for this lousy bill's failure, but that would hurt the narrative now wouldn't it?

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