The drive-by media shoots hard and fast (and falsely) *UPDATED*

Here’s the AP headline on the DREAM Act’s failure: “Republicans block youth immigration bill.”

Those evil Republicans, who are, of course, a minority in the lame duck Senate.

Let me just mention here that quite a few Democrats voted against the bill too:

On the Democrat side, Sens. Jon Tester of Montana, Max Baucus of Montana, Ben Nelson of Nebraska, Mark Pyror of Arkansas, and Kay Hagan of North Carolina voted against the bill.

UPDATE: Forgot to note that Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia — who faces another election in 2012, and won this year by positioning himself to the right of many Democrats  (including running an ad in which he shot the cap-and-trade legislation) — also voted against the DREAM Act.

Apparently those Democrat “nay” votes made no difference in the AP calculus.

Are the American people really stupid enough to fall for this kind of reporting again and again and again?  Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.

UPDATEIn a comment, Danny Lemieux points out the irony in this media attack, which is that more Americans than not are probably impressed, not disgusted, by the Republican party taking this stand.  They can spin it as a cruel Republican party destroying innocent youth, but Americans might read it as smart Republicans preserving America’s sovereignty.

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  • Ymarsakar
    This is a real shooting, down south 1 state of where I live.
    Watch at :47.
    This is why I took H2H training, to avoid doing crazy stuff like that when given the opportunity.

  • Ymarsakar

    Are the American people really stupid enough to fall for this kind of reporting again and again and again?
    So long as they lack the tools to do it right, people will keep doing crazy stuff like in the video. They don’t know any better.

  • Danny Lemieux

    I think the Lamestream media is  shooting blanks on this one: too many people take an opposite view on the immigration issue. Score 1 for the conservatives on this one.
    In addition, the Republicans will have a lot of ammunition with which to woo the Hispanic vote once the new Congress is seated, with Hispanic Republican governors, senators and representatives. I’m really not so sure the Hispanic voters (i.e., legal citizens) are all that crazy about the Mexican crime spilling over our borders.

  • David Foster

    The Associated Press was an artifact of the convergence of several technologies: the telegraph, the high-speed printing press, and the Linotype machine. I doubt that it will still be around 15 years from now.

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  • Earl

    “Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.”
    Well….unless I *want* to be fooled.  This seems to be the default position for too many Americans these days.

  • Ymarsakar
    More dead people in California as a result of Democrat policies and union organized crime.
    You don’t have this stuff happening in places like Georgia for a couple of reasons.
    1. We have real guns. Even if the SWAT team come busting in the door cause they got the wrong address, one or two guys in the SWAT team are going to eat the bullet. This tends to naturally reduce police stupidity as it gets rid of the stupid ones. You don’t need lawyers, the court, or LEO “administrative punishment”. The results are instantaneous.
    2. The police know people in the South, generally speaking, have guns and know how to use them. That’s why the police don’t over react and treat a handgun like a nuclear terrorist bomb attack. They can stay calm and stable and actually act in a social environment. They don’t hype themselves up like meth addicted fauktards while pissing their pants just because they heard the report of some guy being on a house lawn with a six shooter.
    On other news, an Iranian businessman was able to get a loaded glock past TSA, while TSA was touching up a grandma. Remember when Demoncrats get all high and mighty and talk about how people “need” the TSA for airport security? Shove that down their throats while you are kicking their face into the dirt.

  • Ymarsakar

    What tends to happen whenever there is a police shooting in a Democrat fiefdom is that all the police officers from Montana, Idaho, Georgia, Florida, and the other boonies or conservative regions all band together and say you can’t second guess or restrict police reactions in dangerous situations.
    They’re being used as human shields and pawns by the Left, essentially. They don’t see police union corruption practices used to funnel money to Democrats where they are. Mostly because Democrats aren’t elected all the time where they come from.
    But in places like Chicago, New York, and New Orleans, the police are the same as organized crime and SEIU. They function the same. But because for some reason not all police officers come from those regions, suddenly it’s different. Suddenly it’s now supposed to be about police safety and proper procedure. News tips. The police unions in those areas don’t give a fing damn about police safety. In fact, they function much like NOW and black Panthers. If more police officers are endangered and become death as a result of police union policies, it’s good for them, so long as they can blame it on “criminals” or “lack of gun control”.
    I mean, come on. Where are the damn police officers working the traffic stops going to go for protection? An enraged citizenry? A dangerous criminal element that eats cops alive? Or police bosses and union bosses that have the “goods”? Those police unions go out of their way to ensure that public safety is lowered and that the police are hamstrung. It’s just like the Teacher’s Unions. The goal was never to better educate children. It’s always about more teacher salaries and junk like that. If that means the state of New Jersey goes bankrupt and has to fire all of its teachers… well OBVIOUSLY it is the fault of Republicans.

  • Indigo Red

    “On other news, an Iranian businessman was able to get a loaded glock past TSA…” Ymarsakar

    An important part of the story is the Iranian discovered his mistake after checking in to his hotel room in London. He then returned to the authorities to voluntarily fess-up to carrying a deadly weapon past TSA onto an international flight. 

    Call me crazy, but somehow I’m just not convinced. 

  • Indigo Red

    I recall a cartoon panel from years ago when I was a wee lad. It was about Beetle Bailey and Sarge involved in a ping-pong tournament. Each boasted he could defeat the other. The final match came down to – surprise – Beetle and Sarge. Because Beetle was the editor of the base newspaper, the next days headline read, “Bailey Finished Second.” For forty+ years, and with some amusement, I’ve been seeing variations on the Beetle Bailey headline from the media.

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