The Trump Administration has presented a new immigration policy plan. The reaction by mainstream media has been predictable: shout racist! invoke the statue of liberty! but those poor immigrants who deserve to come to the USA!
If you want to see a pretty funny exchange about this, watch Trump adviser Stephen Miller smack down CNN’s Jim Acosta who is a little confused about the differences between a) a poem on the Statue of Liberty and Federal Immigration Law, b) the difference between Legal and Illegal Immigration, and c) the difference between liberal fantasy and history.
Here’s Tucker Carlson reacting to some clips from the press briefing:
If you can stand to watch the whole painful thing, you can find it here. Acosta doesn’t seem to notice how dumb he’s making himself look or realize that he should be embarrassed. And if you really want a cringe-fest, you can read this from the Washington Post which, surprisingly, is actually labeled as opinion rather than news. This apparently is how liberals see things through their narrative glasses.
One of the dumb things Acosta says is: “It sounds like you’re trying to engineer the racial and ethnic flow of people into this country.” Well, yeah, what’s so wrong with that? And how is that any different from past immigration policy? As Miller points out, “speaking English is a requirement of becoming a naturalized citizen.” Although there are exemptions available to the English language requirement (you have to be older than 50, live in this country more than 20 years, etc.), taking a ‘civics test’ is still part of the requirements. Because the actual law still trumps Acosta’s “statue of liberty poem law of the land” (as Miller put it).
It’s amazing how Trump called out the press in his most recent press conference (2/16) and they turned around and did just what he said they would, that they would report negatively about the conference saying he was “ranting and raving.” After I watched the conference, I did a search on responses quickly proving the President correct. If you didn’t watch the whole thing yourself but only saw/read highlights filtered through the mainstream media, it paints an entirely different and largely off-putting picture of Trump and what he said.
One of the lamest things I came across was a journalist saying basically: I’m not saying he was ‘ranting and raving’ but that he “was confidently unhinged.” This guy and many others are also not really getting some of Trump’s joking. They have no sense of humor and take offense at everything imaginable. Gimme a break guys. You’re falling for it. He’s making you look stupid to everyone except the people too dumb to realize YOU are the real purveyors of fake news.
Here’s a couple of the “least biased” commentaries:
Politico’s “Fact-Checking Donald Trump’s Feb. 16 press conference”
And this from Wired about the focus on the media:How You Saw Trump’s Press Conference Depends on How You Watched
This isn’t false equivalence. The Timeses and CNNs of the world don’t have anywhere near as explicit a political agenda as the Breitbarts and Drudges. They’re not two sides. That’s what was on display in the aftermath of the press conference. They didn’t even cover the same things. They told different stories.
So which is it? Trump’s press conference was undignified, unpresidential, and weirdly directed at the media instead of the country he leads. But his supporters saw a display of power by a president sloughing off the manacles of coastal elitism. Thanks to the accelerated hyper-partisanship of a social media-powered news cycle, the country is now seeing double.