More crap from NPR

Leave it to the tax-supported National Public Radio to see boogeymen


working secretively to get Arizona's illegal immigration reform law passed in order to make a pile of money by building and operating prisons.

Here's how NPR described the boogeymen:

It was last December at the Grand Hyatt in Washington, D.C. Inside,
there was a meeting of a secretive group called the American Legislative
Exchange Council. Insiders call it ALEC. [Emphasis added.]

Secretive? NPR would have us believe that discovering this evil cabal was like discovering the Klan plotting, in the dark backwoods, a government coup. It's so secretive that the council has a web site.

As you might expect from such a  "secretive" group, it openly lists its leadership, one of which is that well-known schemer, Illinois Sen. Kirk Dillard, who serves as  a state co-chairman from Illinois. Besides state legislators and other public officials, private sector members come from such clandestine corporate giants as AT&T and Illinois-based State Farm Insurance. Of course, we know that anything to do with big corporations is evil.

ALEC is so secretive that it openly admits its bias: "'ALEC is the conservative, free-market orientated, limited-government
group,' said Michael Hough, who was staff director of the meeting."
Then NPR starts getting facts wrong. For example, its report says:

The [illegal immigration] law is being challenged in the courts. But if it's upheld, it
requires police to lock up anyone they stop who cannot show proof they
entered the country legally. [Emphasis added.]

No it doesn't. It requires an identity check only when the officer has a


Anne Hawke, award-winning NPR producer, is responsible for this sloppy , biased report.

reasonable suspicion that the person has entered the country illegally.
The same as federal law. And only when the officer has stopped that
someone for some other legitimate reason. That's contrary to the story's impression
that Arizona cops will randomly stop and "lock up" people on whim.

Then, there's bit of astonishing naivete:

Asked if the private companies usually get to write model bills for the
legislators, Hough said, "Yeah, that's the way it's set up. It's a
public-private partnership. We believe both sides, businesses and
lawmakers should be at the same table, together."

Shocked, shocked, NPR must be that private companies conceive and write
model bills. So do labor unions, abortion industry profiteers,
environmental groups and every other "progressive" outfit.

This is sloppy and slanted reporting, designed to make villains out of
people acting legally and in the open to enforce laws that the federal
government won't. The villains, of course, are anyone who believes in
the free market, and uses government policies to make a profit by
filling a public need.

NPR is unworthy of public financial support. 


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  • Ridiculous comments from an uninformed outsider. Arizonans have known for at least six months that Gov. Brewer's henchmen in her inner circle have financial interests in private prisons. All NPR did was broadcast the news nationwide. Leave it to a crazy right-wing paranoid to see a national conspiracy in simply telling the truth.

  • You'd be right, if NPR didn't take credit for disclosing it. This is from the story.

    "But while the debate raged, few people were aware of how the law came about.

    "NPR spent the past several months analyzing hundreds of pages of campaign finance reports, lobbying documents and corporate records. What they show is a quiet, behind-the-scenes effort to help draft and pass Arizona Senate Bill 1070 by an industry that stands to benefit from it: the private prison industry."

    I don't fault NPR for telling the story; that's good journalism. But the way NPR told it was slanted and, in part, incorrect. That's bad journalism.

    And isn't a little paranoid on your part to see that the law was the result of Brewer's "henchmen in her inner circle?"

  • In reply to DennisByrne1:

    Not paranoid at all, Dennis, if you know anything about how things operate in the AZ statehouse. Gov. Brewer is incapable of making strategic judgments, let alone decisions. She relies on her inner circle to propose and close deals. Brewer's administration is organized to satisfy Big Business interests first and foremost. I would be surprised only if her top advisors (who have extensive dealings with the private prison industry, a Big Business in AZ, its favorite testbed) _hadn't_ recommended passing SB 1070 to improve the companies' bottom line. To do so on her own initiative would be a startling departure from the norm.

    Thanks for cogently replying, Dennis. You are obviously trying hard to make sense of the situation, which I appreciate. It's a regular occupation for us Arizonans.

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