Gebe Martinez of the web site "Politico," penned an article on Thursday titled "McCain zigzags on immigration," which efficiently recounts the co-sponsored (Sen. McCain and Sen. Edward Kennedy) 2006 Senate immigration bill, and lays out the many instances where the Arizona Senator has changed his position on the comprehensive immigration legislation.
Martinez does a good job of putting the "zig zags," out there so his audience can then decide for themselves if the changes in McCain's stance are relevant to the election.
The first sign of McCain's shifting happened in 2007 according to Martinez, when Republican voters expressed a strong dislike and protest against the controversial bill which among other legislation included the legalization of 12 million undocumented immigrants. Seeing this, McCain backed away from the measure. A few weeks ago the 72 year-old Senator mentioned "comprehensive, as in one bill," when speaking to Latino community leaders about the bill Martinez writes.
Another good example of the media's reporting on the immigration bill issue, concerning Presidential nominee John McCain's "concession to conservatives," is the progressive non-profit research and info. center "Media Matters'," January 31st piece. This post deals with an appearance by Dana Bash, CNNs congressional correspondent, on American Morning , in which he talks about how McCain said he would not vote for his own legislation allowing citizenship for immigrants. "No, I would not, because we know what the situation is today. The people want the borders secured first," said McCain on January 30th.
The excellent aspect of this post is that Media Matters goes a step further and writes what Bash left out- that just days earlier, McCain had said he would sign that very legislation into law if he were elected president. These discrepancies were brought to my attention strictly because I read them in these two sources. If not for the investigative prowess I probably would not have known the facts of this issue. The media's job is to report the news. As Ernest Hemingway said, "Good writing is true writing."
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