March 22, 2013   Current Site Visitors -> web tracker

Gray Lady Folds: Border
Controversy Makes Front Page

Fox News hangs tight with liberals
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New York Times -- March 21  
Officials Still Seek Ways to Assess Border Security
    More than two years after Homeland Security officials told Congress that they would produce new, more accurate standards to assess security at the nation's borders, senior officials from the department acknowledged this week that they had not completed the new measurements and were not likely to in coming months, as the debate proceeds about overhauling the immigration system.
    Both Democratic and Republican lawmakers were taken aback at a hearing on Wednesday in the House of Representatives when Mark Borkowski, a senior Homeland Security official, said he had no progress to report on a broad measure of border conditions the department had been working on since 2010. The lawmakers warned that failure by the Obama administration to devise a reliable method of border evaluation could imperil passage of immigration legislation.
    "We do not want the Department of Homeland Security to be the stumbling block to comprehensive immigration reform for this country," said Representative Candice Miller, a Republican from Michigan who is the chairwoman of the House Homeland Security subcommittee on border security. She told Mr. Borkowski that the lack of security measurements from the administration "could be a component of our failure to pass something I think is very important for our country."
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    The NY Times is generally regarded as the world's most influential newspaper. Late yesterday (very) it ran a front-page, above-the-fold story about how failure of the U.S Department of Homeland Security to define border security may imperil passage of immigration legislation. This is a big deal to the American people. Yet, Fox News, the so-called conservative channel, refused to even mention the controversy. They are hanging tight, together with folks like the LA. Times and the Arizona Republic, to keep the American people in the dark over this issue.
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