Friday, May 28, 2010

Take one piece of the story...blow it up...

...and attempt to create a media controversy.

That's just wrong.

I read a report about Kentucky's Republican Senate nominee Rand Paul questioning granting legal status to children born in this country to parents who are illegal immigrants.

It would be easy to take that information and conclude that Paul was going off on another rant and by extension showing again that he's a bizarre political figure.

Yet, in this near 12-minute interview with a Russian television station, Mr. Paul's comments about this issue last about 10 seconds. Specifically, scroll to 9:38 and you will here Mr. Paul say:

"We're the only country I know of that allows people to come in illegally, have a baby, and then that baby becomes a citizen. And I think that should stop also."

That's it. Those are the words that have allowed some within the media (not to mention the blogosphere) go apoplectic about Mr. Paul.

Granted, what Mr. Paul is suggesting is unconstitutional. And it would be fair to question him about how he would attempt to change U.S. law to accomplish this goal. But the approach taken by some is inappropriate.

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