I'm starting a series of stories on the ways the media overtly seeks to manipulate its readers. The first trick is the least subtle, and perhaps the most effective...simply make up a fact and repeat it until people believe it. The employer sanctions law provides a great example. Here's a great line from an op ed piece that is running nationally and appeared in today's Republic.
Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano reluctantly signed the law but vows to enforce it.
That's exactly what the media want you to believe. They know it's not true, but they will push the story until it's so widely accepted that it will be the prevailing legend--just like they did with the New Deal and Rachel Carson.
You will recall however, that the sanctions provision was the brainchild of Democratic Senator Bill Brotherton; Republican leadership stripped the Brotherton amendment out of the legislation over the objections of Democratic lawmakers and then Napolitano used her State of the State address to call for renewed Sanctions Legislation.