CBS Plays Up Obama's Mockery of GOP on Border Security, No Opposing Clip
Published: 5/11/2011 4:04 PM ET
On Wednesday's Early Show. CBS's Bill Plante highlighted President Obama's recent mockery against Republicans on border security, but omitted playing an opposing clip from a GOP politico. The President jabbed the opposing party during the speech in El Paso, Texas: "Maybe they'll need a moat. Maybe they'll want alligators in the moat." The morning show was alone among the Big Three in covering the event.
Plante noted at the beginning of his report, which aired 3 minutes into the 7 am Eastern hour, that "the President went all the way to the Mexican border to make the case for immigration reform, trying to get over the heads of the Republicans who are blocking it here in Washington. Mr. Obama said that his administration has answered the complaints of Republicans about border security with more agents, a border fence, and aerial surveillance, going above and beyond what they asked for."
The correspondent then played the "alligators in the moat" clip from the Democrat. While Plante did counter the President's "that's politics" critique of Republicans in his reply ("Well, it's politics, for sure, but on both sides. What the President is calling for doesn't stand a chance in this Congress."), he didn't play a sound bite from anyone in the GOP during the remainder of the segment.
Just over 12 hours earlier, the CBS Evening News on Tuesday held up the student body president of California State University at Fresno as an example of the need to pass the DREAM Act, which President Obama supports.
The full transcript of Bill Plante's report from Wednesday's Early Show: