According to a study conducted by the Media Research Center, the major TV news networks devoted 28 TIMES more coverage to President Trump’s silly feud with MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” than they did to the significant immigration legislation passed by the House of Representatives. Of course, this will not come as any surprise to anyone who actually watched TV last week, when the infamous tweet was all the news stations could talk about. You might expect that Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski would, themselves, dedicate their entire program to talking about it; they were, after all, the ones involved. But for it to completely consume the news cycle on ABC, CBS, and NBC is ridiculous and it shows you just how biased and unserious political news has become in this country.
The first two networks mentioned, indeed, devoted exactly zero minutes to the twin immigration bills in their nightly news broadcasts. If you got all of your news from ABC and/or CBS, you would actually have no idea that the House passed “Kate’s Law” increasing penalties on illegal immigrants who come back to the United States after being deported nor their other bill, which grants the federal government the right to withhold grant money from sanctuary cities like San Francisco. These two bills must still pass the contentious Senate to get to President Trump’s desk, but they represent a huge step forward for those who consider illegal immigration one of the chief ills of the U.S. Not that such a group would include anyone who works for the major news networks.
If you get your news from NBC, on the other hand, you would at least know about the bills; the Nightly News gave them the courtesy of approximately 30 seconds of coverage in their broadcast. So…that’s something. Hard to give the network credit for reaching a bar set so low, but hey, at least they mentioned the legislation.
It’s hard to overstate how important these bills are and how much they reflect the mood of America. It’s not too much to state that President Trump would not have won the Republican nomination, much less the presidency, were it not for his hardline view on illegal immigration. And it’s impossible to imagine that bills like this would have a chance of passing into law had Hillary Clinton become president. Nor should it be ignored than more than 20 Democrats actually crossed party lines to vote for the bills in the House. This says something about where the U.S. is at regarding illegal immigration, which is probably why the mainstream media would rather talk about the salacious tabloid feud happening between the president and a cable news star.