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Friday, May 14, 2010
CNS Falsely Claims Pelosi Called For 'Amnesty'

Here's how Nicholas Ballasy began his May 13 article:

Speaking at the Asian-American and Pacific Islanders Summit held at the Capitol on Wednesday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called for amnesty for illegal aliens in the United States, a proposal she called a  “path to legalization." 

Ballasy is lying. Pelosi did not call for "amnesty"; she called for a "path to legalization" for undocumented immigrants. Ballasy offers no evidence that the two are the same thing; declaring a "path to legalization" to be "amnesty" is nonsensical and dishonest.

As we've pointed out, CNS -- which routinely and without explanation has described immigration reform of any kind as "amnesty" -- has conceded that  "amnesty" is a term used by "opponents" of comprehensive immigration reform. Therefore, by arbitrarily redefining reform as "amnesty" without explanation, Ballasy and CNS are expressing an opinion rather than reporting the news. Yet Ballasy's article was in the "news" category.

Falsely twisting Pelosi's words is not news -- though, sadly, not new to CNS. It's dishonest hackery and demonstrates why CNS should not be taken seriously as a "news" organization.

Posted by Terry K. at 7:24 AM EDT

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