Essence writer Daniella Gibbs Leger tackles the topic. Here’s an excerpt from her piece:
I was having a conversation with a friend of mine last weekend. As often happens with us, the conversation moved from gossip to politics and we discussed the announcement President Obama made on Friday granting reprieve to hundreds of thousands of undocumented youths facing possible deportation. These are kids – DREAMers – who came here through no fault of their own and are often excelling in school but have the threat of deportation constantly hanging over their heads. Because Republicans wouldn’t support a bill many of them previously supported, President Obama took action on Friday and directed DHS to use prosecutorial discretion to stop deporting these young kids and allow them to stay and go to school and/or work.
It’s not a permanent solution; it offers no pathway to citizenship. But it lifts the big boulders off their shoulders for the moment. It was a huge deal to those who care about the fate of these young people and immigration reform. My friend and I were commenting that coming on the heels of President Obama’s gay marriage announcement, this has been a pretty historic and exciting few months.
Critics have called The Daily Caller’s Neil Munro everything from disrespectful to racist for barking out a question during the middle of President Obama’s remarks, in which he announced his executive order mandating that children who were brought to America illegally by their parents would no longer undergo forced deportation.
On Fox’s “Hannity” Monday night, Munro not only stuck to his defense of “mis-timing” the question, he further criticized the president for not answering his question — and making such a sweeping policy change, no questions asked.
The website Mediate.com reports:
Hannity began by noting that Munro’s been “beaten up pretty badly” by his colleagues, but Munro said he hadn’t noticed because he’s been focused on his work. Addressing the controversy in question, Munro said he went into the announcement knowing the unemployment numbers, seeing that Obama was nonetheless making this “extraordinary” move — with no press conference, no time for questions. Thus, he said, he knew he had to squeeze in his questioning just as Obama was finishing up and leaving.
“The only way to ask the questions was get him at the end as he’s leaving just before he dashes back to the Oval Office, and, yes, I mistimed it,” Munro said. “I thought I was getting him at the end. Frankly, I was wrong about that.” [Watch the exchange below.]
Munro went on to note that Obama didn’t even answer his questions, even when he directly asked for an answer, so he “gave up at that point.” But again noting the timing of the questioning, he said, “The trick is to get him just before he leaves the podium … he’ll finish his statements and, flick, he’s gone.”
Asked whether he’d heard from the White House, Munro said he asked if the White House people wanted to talk to him, but he hasn’t heard back — so he’s proceeding as normal, working on other stories.
Hannity then pointed to the comparison to the incident with Sam Donaldson and President Ronald Reagan. Noting that Munro should have waited until Obama was finished, he asked whether the media’s being hypocritical. Munro said at least Reagan was willing to talk and answered the question. Obama just “turns his back on the American people, and walks back into the Oval Office.”
President Barack Obama responds after being interrupted as he makes remarks about the Department of Homeland Security's recent announcement about deportation of illegal immigrants in the Rose Garden at the White House June 15, 2012
Hammering home the media hypocrisy, Hannity ran a video montage of the “softball” questions the media has thrown at Obama over the course of his first term, asking if the media’s been too easy on him.
“Yes, clearly, and for a variety of reasons that are hard to correct,” Munro said. “But we at The Daily Caller will not try to be easy on him and try not to be easy on the next president. It’s our job to work for the American people through our publication to provide them the information that the politicians are reluctant to hand out. We’ve got to do our job.”