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Katie Lied: Couric Downplays Results of Deceptive Poll on Immigration

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Posted on May 5 2010 12:00 pm
David Forsmark is the owner and president of Winning Strategies, a full service political consulting firm in Michigan. David has been a regular columnist for Frontpage Magazine since 2006. For 20 years before that, he wrote book, movie and concert reviews as a stringer for the Flint Journal, a midsize daily newspaper.

Like most of America, I don’t catch the CBS Evening News all that often.  And while I remember that along with Bryant Gumbel, Katie Couric engaged in some vicious—but perky—partisanship while on “The Today Show,” I hadn’t realized that her news broadcast was merely Keith Olbermann with a professional journalistic sheen.

Monday night Katie lamented that illegal aliens “no longer feel welcome” in Arizona and hoped, along with Mayor Bloomberg, that the Times Square bomber was a health care protester.

I noticed that Katie had mentioned a CBS/New York Times poll:

COURIC: On another issue, we asked about Arizona’s new immigration law, which empowers the police to demand anyone show proof he or she is in this country legally. Slightly more than half said the law is, quote, “about right.”

She conveniently left out that only 36 percent thought the law went too far. But that’s only half of the story.  What is amazing is that the poll deliberately misstates the Arizona law, and 51 percent STILL thought it was “about right.” Here is the slanted question:  (h/t Times Watch)

NYT/CBS POLL QUESTION 67: As you may know, the state of Arizona recently passed a law that gives police the power to question anyone they suspect is in the country illegally, requires people to produce documents verifying their status if asked, and allows officers to detain anyone who cannot do so. Do you think this law goes too far, doesn’t go far enough, or is about right?

It doesn’t take a professional to spot the bias here.  The Arizona law specifically does NOT grant “the power to question anyone they suspect is in the country illegally” but requires that a suspect is already involved in a “lawful stop, detention or arrest.”  In other words, they can now find out if the drunk driver or liquor store holdup man is here illegally, and do something about it.

As someone who derived about 80 percent of his income this month doing political polling, let me assure you, the wording of this question was no accident. No one who does this for a living could fail to spot the bias in question 67.

Interestingly, while CBS and the rest of the media try to make the Arizona law “anti-Latino,” and some, like Al Sharpton, phrase their criticism to make it sound like the law EXPRESSLY requires profiling of Latinos in its text, at CBS’s entertainment division, it’s biggest new hit, The Good Wife, continues its surprisingly complex look at modern political issues.

After 20 years of Law and Order, hearing that an episode that deals with a current hot issue, you tend to prepare yourself for pure liberal agitprop.  This Tuesday’s episode had to do with an Indian mother of 2, who was being deported as a lever to get her son to cooperate in an identity theft investigation.  Once again, the show tweaked the usual liberal sensibilities (dialog from memory) when the show’s main character Alicia Florek discussed the case with the firm’s skeptical Indian-American investigator:

ALICIA: I thought you of all people would be sympathetic?

KALINDA: Why me of all people, because my parents immigrated legally…?

Now if only CBS News and Katie could handle current events with that amount of even-handedness.

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