December 18, 2017

Media in fact-free fall over immigration

By Don Surber

Reminder: How the Clinton administration handled refugees:

On Saturday, every weekend part-timer and stringer in every news agency in America became an expert on America’s immigration laws because they are journalists and they know everything.

This came after President Trump put a 90-day hold on immigrants and visitors from six war-torn nations and Iran until Homeland Security — under new management — can figure out how to screen visitors and immigrants from these lands.

Green card holders are not affected, although airport officials were confused at JFK on Saturday.

This is legal and with precedent.

From the New York Times editorial board:

Donald Trump’s Muslim Ban Is Cowardly and Dangerous

First, reflect on the cruelty of President Trump’s decision on Friday to indefinitely suspend the resettlement of Syrian refugees and temporarily ban people from seven predominantly Muslim nations from entering the United States. It took just hours to begin witnessing the injury and suffering this ban inflicts on families that had every reason to believe they had outrun carnage and despotism in their homelands to arrive in a singularly hopeful nation.

The editorial said “Muslim Ban” in the headline. They know better. They deliberately misled the public to discredit the man the public elected president.

The editorial said: “The order’s language makes clear that the xenophobia and Islamophobia that permeated Mr. Trump’s campaign are to stain his presidency as well. Un-American as they are, they are now American policy.”

Was President Obama un-American. xenophobic and Islamophobic when he issued the same order on Iraq only in 2011?

Did the media even notice that Obama ended a 50-plus year policy of accepting Cuban refugees?

Where are the editorials in the New York Times decrying Obama’s xenophobia?

USA Today did the usual journalist-as-social-justice-warrior schtick of elevating liberal advocates as experts:

Experts question legality of Trump’s immigration ban on Muslim countries

This is a legal and unfortunately necessary action. These are not experts. They are liars with law degrees.

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We know this is legal because President Trump is doing what his predecessor did.

Years ago, Congress gave the president the power to do this.

On November 8, voters elected the candidate who saw the threat to our security as coming from Iran — not Cuba.

The media thinks it can now fool the public into believing this action is unAmerican.

Reince Priebus pushed back on “Meet the Press” with Chuck Todd:

“The fact of the matter is that 325,000 people from foreign countries came into the United States yesterday, and 109 people were detained for further questioning. Most of those people were moved out. We’ve got a couple dozen more that remain. I would suspect that as long as they are not awful people, they will be moved through today. If they’re folks that shouldn’t be in this country, they’re going to be detained. So we apologize for nothing here.”

Trump ain’t backing down.

From the Associated Press:

To build his highly touted deportation force, President Donald Trump is reviving a program that deputizes local officers to enforce federal immigration law.

The program received scant attention as Trump announced on the same day his plans to build a border wall and hire thousands more federal agents as he looks to fulfill promises from his campaign.

The program has fallen out of the favor in recent years amid complaints from critics that it promotes racial profiling.

“Racial profiling”? The 1990s called. It wants its fake issue back.

Meanwhile, as flash crowd protesters take over airport terminals, the Muslim world responds.

From Reuters:

Emirates airline has changed pilot and flight attendant rosters on flights to the United States following the sudden U.S. travel ban on seven Muslim-majority countries, but it said U.S. flights continue to operate to schedule.

The world’s largest long-haul carrier, who flies daily to 11 U.S. cities, has made “the necessary adjustments to our crewing, to comply with the latest requirements,” an Emirates spokeswoman told Reuters by email on Sunday.

President Donald Trump on Friday temporarily suspended the entry of people from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. The decision caught airlines off guard, according to the International Air Transport Association.

The ban applies to pilots and flight attendants from the seven countries, even though all flight crew who are not U.S. citizens already need a special visa to enter the country.

Another Emirates spokeswoman said the impact of the ban on operations would be minimal. The airline employs over 23,000 flight attendants and about four thousand pilots from around the world, including the United States, Europe and the Middle East.

This is a temporary moratorium that inconveniences a few people.

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Sort of like TSA inconveniences Americans who want to fly. The aim is the same: to thwart terrorism.

The difference is the TSA inconveniences won’t end in 90 days.

Meanwhile, remember how Fake News Media covered Katrina?

Please read “Trump the Press,” in which I skewer media experts who wrongly predicted Trump would lose the Republican nomination. “Trump the Press” is available as a paperback, and on Kindle.

It covers the nomination process only. The general election is covered in a sequel, “Trump the Establishment,” which will be published in paperback on February 7.

For autographed copies of either book, email me at DonSurber@GMail.com