Fawning NBC Hypes Obama's Immigration Pander: 'Young People' 'Cheered'
NBC's Nightly News on Friday offered a one-sided segment touting Barack Obama's decision to lift the threat of deportation to young people who came to America illegally.
The Pete Williams report featured six clips of individuals or groups thrilled by the reaction, only two against and one nuanced response by Mitt Romney.
Williams began by touting, "Young people covered by the new policy cheered the announcement outside the White House." An unidentified woman enthused, "I can't describe it. It's so amazing. I'm so happy." A crowd in front of the White House chanted, "Yes, we did! Yes, we did! Yes, we did! Yes, we did!"
The NBC correspondent's segment was heavily weighted with people who applauded the decision:
JANET NAPOLITANO (Homeland Security Secretary): They've grown up here, they speak the language here, they've stayed out of trouble here. They're getting their education here. They have wonderful talents to contribute to our country.
GUSTAVO ANDRADE (Latino Rights Group): Well, I think that the president understands that we cannot wait for Congress to act on this. They haven't gotten their act together on either side on immigration for a very long time.
Williams singled out Jessica Colato, who came from Mexico at age 11: "I
want to go to law school to eventually practice immigration law."
Only towards the end did Williams feature a clip of a Chicago Young Republican who opposed the President's decision. The reporter also included Arizona Governor Jan Brewer complaining that illegals are "going to be competing with jobs, with people that have come here legally."
On Friday's World News, Pierre Thomas sounded a similar theme: "Outside the White House, jubilation."
Good Morning America on Saturday was more balanced than NBC. Co-host Bianna Golodryga highlighted, "But conservatives are questioning the timing and legality of it all."
However, David Kerley fretted about the plan not going far enough: "But others worry: What if there's a new president next year? What about their undocumented parents?"
On CBS This Morning, Rebecca Jarvis spun Republicans as "lashing out" over the decision, "saying this new policy is an obvious political move that makes an end-run around the Constitution."
Reporter Whit Johnson allowed no clips of those opposing the change. In a follow-up segment, This Morning co-host Jeff Glor brought on Agnelica Salas from the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights.
Glor did offer two tough questions, noting that Marco Rubio "says the President is ignoring the Constitution."
However, this segment, like the previous one, allowed no dissenting voices on the issue.
Friday's CBS Evening News promoted young Mexicans in America who will have their lives improved because of the decision.
A transcript of the June 15 Nightly News segment can be found below:
-- Scott Whitlock is the senior news analyst for the Media Research Center. Click here to follow him on Twitter.