At the Faith and Freedom Coalition Friday, Former Governor Jeb Bush (R-FL) made the case for immigration reform with a poorly-worded analysis of the fertility rates of immigrants:
“Immigrants are more fertile and they love families and they have more intact families and they bring a younger population,” he said, adding that immigrants also create new businesses and are an “engine of economic prosperity.”
Now I don’t have a problem with that statement. It is pretty obvious Bush wasn’t making a biological argument, but simply chose an inartful way to say that immigrants have more children.
But let’s stand back for a moment and consider what the media would be doing right now to Bush, or any Republican, had he or she similarly misspoke in opposition to immigration reform.
If that were the case, there is no question Bush would be under a media assault unlike anything seen since Todd Akin. MSNBC would be in full outrage mode, Politico would make it the lead, BuzzFeed would already be writing their e-book “The Fall of Jeb Bush,” The New York Times and Washington Post would be coordinating talking points with Obama, and CNN would — well, probably still be talking about gun control.
The only thing saving Bush right now is that he is on the “right side” of the immigration issue, and the “right side” is the media’s side.
Had Bush said the EXACT SAME THING in opposition to immigration reform, the media would have already labeled him an anti-science racist, and that firestorm would last for however long was necessary to destroy his political career.
This is how our corrupt media operates. It is never about the news or the event or even the principal — it is only ever about which side you are on.
Should Bush run for president in 2016, naturally, the media will resurrect this. He is not completely out of the woods. But for right now, even MSNBC contributors are bending over backwards to explain it away.
Why do you think the Todd Akin nontroversy got more media coverage then the IRS targeting Obama’s political opponents.
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