More schizophrenia from our friends over at the WaPo. Today’s topic is the collapse of the fragile compromise in the Senate on immigration. The front page of the WaPo above the fold, an article by Chuck Babington, says: “Immigration Deal Fails in Senate“. The subtitle is, “Conservatives’ Amendments Cost Democratic Support”. Well, OK, then, at least we know where the blame lies — it’s with those darned conservatives. They killed the bill, right?
Well, not exactly. If you make it all the way to page 22, the editorial writers have a different — and, in truth, more accurate — spin. The title of the editorial: “Immigration ‘Nirvana’ Lost“, subtitled, “Thanks largely to Democrats, the Senate misses an opportunity.”
So which is it? Well, the non-partisan National Journal in yesterday’s Congress Daily PM a piece by Emily Heil, quotes Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA) as disagreeing with his Leader, Harry Reid (D-NV), saying essentially that Reid should have let the bill go forward. Kennedy isn’t usually seen as a non-partisan voice, but in this case, he was part of a carefully-crafted bill worked out with Sen. McCain (R-AZ) and a bunch of Senators on both sides of the aisle. The Post editorial quotes National Immigration Forum head Frank Sharry as saying, “It seems that Democratic leaders wanted an issue, not a bill.”
So regardless of where you stand on this issue, it’s interesting to see the partisanship of the WaPo play out. Unfortunately, for those who only see the front page, they’ll get a typically biased view of who scuttled this bill. Those with the fortitude to wander to the editorials will at least get a glimpse of the truth.
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