WashPost Boosts Amnesty Rally on the 'Otherwise Shutdown' Mall Without Noting the Liberal Hypocrisy

The Washington Post typically boosted a leftist rally for amnesty for illegal immigrants, with one major difference – they utterly ignored the hypocrisy of the Obama administration and the National Park Service closing open spaces in Washington, unless a left-wing protest was scheduled.

The Post promoted the rally in a story on A-4 with three photographs and a story on the front page of the Style section on the protest’s musical stars Los Tigres Del Norte. This is the closest either story got to the smothered controversy:

“The rally for immigration reform became a singalong Tuesday afternoon for thousands on the otherwise shutdown Mall,” began the Style section story by David Montgomery, and then it was on to the music: “Los Tigres del Norte — the biggest, most beloved band that many English-speaking Americans have never heard of — were onstage, and almost everyone in the audience seemed to know every word.”

Charlie Spiering of The Washington Examiner detailed the clash of Obama's political goals: "A giant stage with lights and an 'Immigration Reform Now' banner was set up in the center of the mall, along with three large portable screens. On one side of the mall, more than 100 porta potties were set up for protesters who will attend the rally today." (He also had a photo.)

The story ended with lyrics from “Cage of Gold,” where Los Tigres sing, “Even if the cage is made of gold, It’s still a prison.” In other words, illegal immigrants find America a “prison” because they can’t cross the border back and forth. 

The front-section headline was “100 arrested at immigration rally on the Mall,” but that’s because they sat down in the street. With liberals, that’s always the celebration phase of a protest. NPR station WAMU on Tuesday night played audio of wild cheering as arrested Congressmen walked by the reporter’s microphone. At least WAMU noticed there were conservative counter-protesters. The Post stories did not. 

One of the photographs was an immigrant waving an American flag (standard approved liberal public relations). There were no liberal labels in the story by Pamela Constable and Carol Morello:

“I believe immigrant rights are human rights,” said civil rights icon Julian Bond, among the first to speak...

Immigration advocates have declared October a month of escalating pressure for a comprehensive immigration bill.

The story ended with “religious leaders who work on “revising immigration legislation.” No liberals there, either: “The Rev. Peter Morales, president of the Unitarian Universalist Association, told the conference about meeting families who were separated at the border. ‘Our laws are more than broken, they’re evil.’”

Morales and other Unitarians support taxpayer-funded abortion as part of Obamacare, but border control is "evil"?

Tim Graham
Tim Graham
Tim Graham is Executive Editor of NewsBusters and is the Media Research Center’s Director of Media Analysis