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Michael van der Galien

Palin Stuns Media: All Border States Should Have Arizona Immigration Law

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Posted on May 20 2010 3:00 pm
Michael van der Galien was born in the Dutch city of Leeuwarden in 1984. For as long as he can remember, he has been obsessed with the United States. When he was 17 years old, he started blogging - of course about America. His articles have been published at Big Hollywood, Pajamas Media, Hot Air (the GreenRoom) and Right Across The Atlantic. He's also an editor for the Dutch conservative blog, De Dagelijkse Standaard.

Former Governor of Alaska and the most prominent conservative woman in America, Sarah Palin, once again succeeded in taking her left-wing enemies in the media by surprise. How, you ask? Well, not only did she have the courage to defend Arizona’s tough new immigration law on an appearance earlier today on Fox News, but she even went so far as to say that all other border states should adopt the exact same law.

That’s bad enough from a progressive perspective, of course, but there’s more: She and the Fox news host she spoke with even had the audacity to point out that Mexico’s president was hypocritical beyond belief when he criticized Arizona’s law recently while visiting the White House, because his own country’s immigration laws are, in the words of Palin’s sparring partner, “one of the toughest immigration laws in the world. If you’re a Central American trying to get a job in Mexico, good luck, you have a much better chance of getting a job as a Mexican in the United States than you would in Mexico. So the point is, it just reeks of hypocrisy here.”

“That’s exactly what I was going to say,” Palin responded. “The hypocrisy there is glaring. American laws are quite humane compared to Mexico’s immigration laws.”

Two things have to be noted here:

1. Whether you agree with her politics or not, you have to admit that Palin is one of the bravest women in America. She says what she believes, no matter how much she’s criticized for it. Not only does she seem ready to go to war with the mainstream media, I get the impression she’s even eager to do so.

2. The same goes for Fox News. This network too is more than willing to be politically incorrect and to speak the truth, no matter whether this means that it’s shunned by 90% of the nation’s journalists. That too takes courage – perhaps more than most non-media people understand, let alone appreciate. It’s never easy to be an outcast, which is exactly what Fox is. The rest of the media don’t want to have anything to do with Rupert Murdoch’s network.

Bravo, then, to both Palin and Fox News. They’re braver than most give them credit for.

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