This may be going out on a limb, but today’s coverage by Contessa Brewer regarding the Arizona illegal immigrant law has to be the dumbest coverage ever done by MSNBC. That’s hard to say about the network that features Chris Matthews, Ed Schultz and of course the master of screaming stupidity, Keith Olberman, but this really takes the cake, and it wasn’t even the fault of the on-air “talent.”
Take a look at the transcript from Newsbusters
CONTESSA BREWER: And a political and legal firestorm brewing over Arizona’s tough new immigration law. At least two Latino activist groups and the mayor of Phoenix are planning lawsuits, saying this could lead to racial profiling.
[ON-SCREEN HEADLINE: Papers Please; Firestorm Over AZ Immigration Law]
Some people are calling it unconstitutional. Among the key provisions in the law, a requirement for police to question anyone they suspect of being an illegal immigrant. And over the weekend, demonstrators staged massive protests against the law. The law also makes it a crime to knowingly conceal, harbor, or shield an illegal immigrant. Essentially, I mean the question is, does this lead to a situation where neighbors are turning in neighbors or families turning against families? California Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez joins me now. Okay, let’s take your state, for instance, there is a huge influx of illegal immigrants up and down the coast of California. Is this an effective way to deal with the problem?
LORETTA SANCHEZ: No. Absolutely not. First of all, there are a lot of people in the United States that haven’t come over a border. They’ve actually come and they’ve either overstayed their visa or they haven’t been able to renew their work visa, and they’re – or they’re in limbo, they’re waiting. So they’re what we call ‘out of status.’ And there are a lot of people like this. But to go after them, to stop people and say, ‘I think you look like an illegal immigrant’ and then drag them off to jail is not the way to deal with this issue. The issue we need to do is to deal with it on a national basis. We need to have a good visa program so that we can let workers who need to come to our country, come here and work, and not worry about hiding some place. And we need to fortify our borders in the correct manner, so that we can let the people we want to come in and keep people from coming in that we don’t want.
CONTESSA BREWER: Janet Napolitano says that she – when she was the governor of Arizona, she would veto these kinds of bills because she said – she thought it was important for police to be doing actual police work, that they are not immigration enforcement officers.
[ON-SCREEN HEADLINE: Law Makes it a Crime to be Illegal Immigrant]
Yes America, there are many reasons for people to object to this law. Some say it may lead to racial profiling, other say that it will be throwing people out of the state who take jobs that no one else would take. But MSNBC has found the only legitimate reason for people to object to the bill, it makes it a crime to participate in an illegal activity.
New MSNBC reports will cover topics such as “Murder–It ends lives,” “Unemployment puts people out of work” and of course “Keith Olbermann’s ratings mean no one is watching.”
The strange part of it all is I bet that the person who designed the slide truly does not realize that “illegal immigration” is a crime.