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Midterm media games on the border


If you’re trying to figure out why Democrats are making a comeback in the polls despite President Biden’s many failures, look no further than the political storm over the southern border crisis.

The Battle offers a case study of how the media shapes public opinion by amplifying left-wing talking points, ignoring key facts, and twisting conservative criticism.

More than 4 million people entered the United States from Mexico under Biden, a record influx larger than the population of any US city except New York.

Nearly a million of these bystanders escaped detection, while most of the rest were briefly detained but released because they sought asylum.

Once border officials release them, usually with a court date years in the future, the government provides no service. The migrants are alone, without the right to work, which makes them dependent on charities and their new neighbors in Texas, Arizona and elsewhere.

This is an unbearable burden for the border states, with some cities seeing their population grow by hundreds of people every day. El Paso, Texas, says it receives about 1,400 new arrivals each week.

The governors, mayors and residents of these states are beyond frustrated with Washington for causing the problem and then forcing the burden and the bills on them.

Venezuelan migrants stand outside St. Andrew's Church in Edgartown, Massachusetts on September 14.
Venezuelan migrants stand outside St. Andrew’s Church in Edgartown, Massachusetts on September 14.
Ray Ewing/Vineyard Gazette/Handout via REUTERS

In an effort to convince Northern Democrats to complain to the White House about the crisis, three GOP governors decided to send some of the millions of unscreened immigrants to blue cities and states.

It was, on paper, an ingenious plan that garnered wide attention and succeeded in exposing the hypocrisy of the Northern Dems. Most famously, the 50 or so migrants airlifted to Martha’s Vineyard by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis caused consternation in the left-wing stronghold before the migrants were rounded up and bussed (above) to a military base on the mainland.

Chicago wanted nothing to do with its migrant giveaway and sent a busload to a suburban town with a Republican mayor. The mayor of Washington, DC called on the National Guard for help, arguing that the nation’s capital is “not a border town” and cannot handle thousands of migrants.

hypocrisy at home

Mayor Adams of New York has bitterly criticized Texas Gov. Greg Abbott for sending entire buses to Gotham, but not his compatriot Dem Biden, who has been airmailing them for months. Adams has decided to set up tents for the 15,000 migrants here, adding to the 58,000 homeless people living in shelters, and is asking the White House for $500 million.

In short, Biden’s border policies have created a huge problem around the growing nation with no end in sight.

Migrants arrive at the Port Authority bus station in Manhattan on September 23.
Migrants arrive at the Port Authority bus station in Manhattan on September 23.
Robert Miller

At first, the White House had no answers for the GOP expeditions. Finally, the president’s political team found something to say.

Biden declared himself furious – with GOP governors. Having for nearly two years accepted the power of drug cartels and traffickers over desperate caravans, he suddenly became concerned about the safety of migrants on their bus journeys and flights north.

Republican governors, Biden claimed, “play politics with human beings, using them as props. What they are doing is just wrong, it’s un-American, it’s reckless.

The irony was thick enough to cut with a knife. Biden said almost nothing about the roughly 1,200 migrants who died at or near the border during his tenure, including the 53 who suffocated in a tractor-trailer in Texas. But now he was outraged at the 50 people sent to the Vineyard on a chartered jet.

Moreover, federal authorities have still not explained their shipment of migrants across the country, often in the middle of the night and usually without notice to local authorities.

Given the magnitude of the disaster his policies have created, trying to make GOP governors the bad guys in the room seemed like a fantasy. But then the media came to the president’s rescue.

Echoing the Dems’ criticisms, the usual suspects outraged and scorned the GOP governors.

“The ugly historical roots of the GOP’s sadistic migrant transports,” reads the headline of a column in the Los Angeles Times. NPR found a lawyer who accused DeSantis of “human trafficking” for the Vineyard robbery.

CNN saw the start of something nefarious, alleging that the transportation marked an “escalation in the red state’s drive to take control of national politics from below.”

Not to be outdone, The New York Times did some mind-reading and found some unsavory motives. “The DeSantis migrant flights are meant to shake up the midterms and set the stage for 2024,” the Gray Lady said.

Notably, there have been few attempts to explain Biden’s policies or defend them. Coverage focused on attacking the GOP response, as if all was well before.

Ron DeSantis
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis transported 50 migrants to Martha’s Vineyard.
Rebecca Blackwell/AP

Weeks of saturation coverage in this vein have caused a predictable reaction. Reuters, which describes Biden’s border policies as “more welcoming,” released a poll on Friday whose headline read, “Only 1/3 of Americans support Republican migrant flights.”

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The online-only poll has been widely picked up, but further reading undermines the results. “Overall, 29% of Americans supported the practice and 40% opposed it,” Reuters reports, without mentioning the remaining 31%. That’s a terribly large segment of the sample to ignore.

Also, according to Reuters, of the 1,005 respondents, 449 were Democrats and 361 Republicans, a spread favoring Democrats by 9 percentage points, which is far wider than the actual national preference. Gallup reports that when independents leaning one way or another are counted, the Dems held an average advantage of just 3 points last year.

In fact, he said in the fourth quarter of 2021, GOP membership stood at 47% compared to just 42% for the Dems.

From slanted coverage to slanted polling, the entire episode shows why it’s nearly impossible for Republicans to get a fair public hearing, even when the basic facts are on their side.

As the week ended, the left’s tendency to militarize law enforcement for partisan ends surfaced with growing calls for Republicans to prosecute. With Abbott and DeSantis both up for reelection, 44 House Dems have signed a letter to the Justice Department demanding a federal investigation into them.

So far, Attorney General Merrick Garland has remained silent. But if Biden says go, Garland will obey, and we could see another round of FBI raids on Republicans just in time for the election.

It’s in-Tlaib-able!

The chutzpah of the week award goes to CAIR, the radical Muslim group.

After Representative Rashida Tlaib’s latest smear of Israel as an apartheid state drew criticism from fellow Democrats, CAIR rushed to her defense. His remarks were simply “common sense”, the group insisted, while his critics were guilty of “dishonest and Islamophobic attacks”.

Tish’s bias from the start

Reader Robert Pilgrim sees foul play in the state attorney general’s lawsuit against Donald Trump, his family and his business. He writes: “At the time when Letitia James campaigned on promising to harass Trump, she disqualified herself from taking such actions because they appear targeted and biased.

“This is despicable behavior for an AG, and it looks like harassment.”

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