The media, when they noticed at all, portrayed Tea Party members as racists and homophobes. While reporting on groups who are protesting Arizona's law seem to have a much more favorable flavor.
I suppose that in order to garner favor with the leftist media all one has to do is blindly support Obama's agenda while simultaneously bashing anyone who tries to enforce this nation's laws.
Below are excerpts from an MSNBC Report on the anti-American rallies planned for today (On a completely unrelated note an Arizona Deputy was recently shot by a group of illegal immigrant drug runners 17 caught in search for Ariz. deputy's attackers):
CHICAGO - Activists said outrage over Arizona's controversial immigration law "awakened a sleeping giant" Saturday as rallies demanding federal immigration reform kicked off in cities across the country.It is amazing that the media perpetuate the fallacy that this law is designed to promote racial profiling and the like. The law is clear in that a law enforcement officer must have a lawful reason to even initiate contact and then reasonable suspicion thereafter to question a subject about his immigration status. The media and liberal politicians have intentionally and maliciously misrepresented this law.
More than 70 protests were planned by immigration rights activists in major cities, including in Phoenix, where the governor signed the toughest immigration law in the nation eight days ago.
In New York, labor organizer John Delgado said anger over the law — which requires local law enforcement to question people about their immigration status if there is reason to suspect they're in the country illegally — drew more than 5,000 people to a rally at Manhattan's Foley Square.
In a sea of American flags and banners painted with "We Are All Arizona" and "Overturn Arizona Apartheid," tens of thousands of marchers, dressed in white, turned out in downtown Los Angeles
Singer Gloria Estefan kicked off the massive downtown march. Estefan spoke in Spanish and English atop a flatbed truck, proclaiming the United States is a nation of immigrants. She said immigrants are good, hardworking people, not criminals.
Except for the immigrants who are criminals; the illegal ones. It may not be politically correct to point this out but they have broken the laws of this nation by entering this country illegally. That is what makes one a criminal; breaking laws.
The movement fractured and annual May 1 rally attendance dropped sharply as attempts to reform federal immigration policy fizzled. In 2006, nearly half a million people took to Chicago's streets. Last year, fewer than 15,000 participated in the rallies, held May 1 because it's a traditional day of protest and International Workers Day.
Where was this detailed reporting on turn out when the Tea Party protests were in full swing? The media is showing its bias here.
"What happened in Arizona proves that racism and anti-immigrant hysteria across the country still exists. We need to continue to fight," said Lee Siu Hin, a coordinator with the Washington, D.C.-based National Immigrant Solidarity Network.
This is a fallacious argument. It presupposes that if a person supports laws that prohibit illegal immigration they are against legal immigration. That's one hell of a leap of logic. It's like arguing that if I oppose a speed limit of 45 mph on interstates I must want people to die in car crashes. There is a place between the to extremes. I can advocate responsible immigration laws without being a racist xenophobe.
This is the real problem. Our leaders on a federal level have failed to act. They know the problem exists but refuse to address it. This leaves states like Arizona with two choices: 1. allow there citizens to be victimized or 2. act on their own to solve the problem. Arizona has acted in the best interest of citizens of that state. For that they are being vilified by the very federal leaders who have been derelict in their duties.
"The horrendous violence we see by narco-terrorists is uncontrolled, and our own federal government refuses to fulfill its responsibility to secure our border," Brewer said in a statement.
What they mean here is "Amnesty".
Critics of the law say it's unconstitutional and encourages racial profiling and discrimination against immigrants or anyone thought to be an immigrant. But they say that without federal legislation to address the estimated 12 million illegal immigrants living in the U.S., other states may follow Arizona's lead.
I wonder if Cabrera would be so supportive of a federal initiative that mirrored Arizona's? Likely not. The truth is there are giants that have been kicked from there slumber in this country. The showdown is coming and I hope for the sake of this nation reason prevails.
"If Republicans and Democrats do not take care of this albatross around our necks, this will in fact be the undoing of many, many years of civil rights struggle in this country," said Jorge-Mario Cabrera, a spokesman for the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles, where organizers expect 100,000 to march downtown Saturday.