As noted by mistermix, It looks like House Republicans have settled on an excuse for why they won’t pass comprehensive immigration reform. The details of the excuse don’t matter much — it has something to do with border security and something to do with Obamacare — what matters is that it’s something that (a) the “Morning Joe”/David Brooks serious conservative crowd will be happy to repeat if and when the bill fails and (b) it won’t work with many Latinos.
If I can engage in some high-brow wankery for a moment….it seems noteworthy that many of the most reliably Democratic demographic groups — Latinos and younger voters — get much of their news from sources outside traditional establishment media, be it Spanish-language television and radio or blogs and the “Daily Show”.
Spanish-language reporters aren’t going to lie to their listeners about the cause of the demise of immigration reform, and neither is John Oliver (though Jon Stewart might, truth be told). More broadly, I tend to think that establishment media is intrinsically conservative in terms of its structure: listen to what some rich old white man, grandpa Schieffer or Dancin’ Dave, tells you to think. Even when the rich old white man is liberal (think Ed Schulz or Lawrence O’Donnell), it’s an old-school patriarchal (read: Republican) way of doing things. I wonder how much the whole system encourages viewers to think conservatively.