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Thursday, September 21, 2006
CNS Treats 'Elitist' Meme as Fact

A Sept. 20 article by Kevin Mooney accepts as fact claims by Republican Rep. Peter King and the conservative Center for Immigration Studies that there is a "gap between the elite and public opinion" on the issue of immigration, unquestionly forwarding the CIS' "elite" terminology to describe those who oppose the hardline (er, "enforcement-only") immigration bill in the House.

Mooney even served up a list of these "elitists" -- "the Washington Post, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), the U.S. Chamber of Commerce (USCC), President Bush and U.S. senators who support more lenient immigration legislation such as Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.)" -- but made no attempt to explain how supporting "more lenient immigration legislation" -- presumably, the Senate immigration bill -- makes one "elitist," let alone obtain any response from these purported "elitists" to find out their views about being placed on such a list.

"Elitist," of course, is a longtime pejorative Republicans and conservatives have used to describe Democrats, the media, and anything else they feel a need to disparage, something Mooney might also have informed his readers about (well, at least if his employer wasn't one of those conservatives that love to use the term as well).

And, in an attempt at creating an echo chamber, Craig Bannister repeats the CNS article's "elitist" claims -- approvingly, of course -- in a Sept. 20 NewsBusters post.

Posted by Terry K. at 12:07 AM EDT

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