We can always rely on NewsBusters to provide us with some faux-outrage about alleged "liberal media bias." Take Matt Hadro's report from February 28 about Alex Sink's comments on immigration reform:
In a clear double standard, CNN was in an uproar on Thursday and Friday over an Arizona GOP legislator's racist jokes about Latinos but has yet to report a Florida Democrat's gaffe about immigrants.Hadro highlighted an irrelevant part of Sink's comments. The last sentence is the most crucial. Her point was not that immigration reform is necessary because we need to enslave immigrants, but that immigration reform is necessary so employers don't hire illegal immigrants.
"As if lawmakers in the state of Arizona didn't already have enough negative national attention, there is this," Anderson Cooper piled on. He played state representative John Kavanagh's "racist roast" of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and added that his jokes "set off a firestorm in the Latino community." Yet a few days ago, Florida Democrat Alex Sink emphasized the importance of immigration reform because of the need for landscapers and hotel workers and CNN has said nothing.
Below is a transcript of Sink's remark:
"Immigration reform is important in our country. It's one of the main agenda items of the beach's chamber of commerce, for obvious reasons. Because we have a lot of employers over in the beaches that rely upon workers, and especially in this high-growth environment, where are you going to get people to work to clean our hotel rooms or do our landscaping? And we don't need to put those employers in a position of hiring undocumented and illegal workers."
We can always count on NewsBusters to get outraged over something that isn't even offensive.