There were a couple of items in the news this past week in which I think the media completely missed an important angle to the stories:
- Border sieve. Kate Steinle was a young woman killed in San Francisco by an illegal immigrant. The media has focused on the fact that San Francisco is a sanctuary city, so even though the killer was a felon who had been deported multiple times, the city had shortly before the murder released him from an custody instead of turning him over to ICE. Although the sanctuary-city issue is an important one, I also think the incident does serious damage to the Obama administration argument that our border security has improved. Rather, the fact that this guy was able to illegally cross our border at least six times shows that the border remain a sieve.
- Pre-game preparation. One of the big story angles leading up to the British Open was whether Jordan Spieth should have gone to Scotland a week early to get acclimated instead of competing in the John Deere Classic in America. When Spieth competed strongly in the British Open, the argument seemed to have died a quiet death. But I think the argument should have ended with an exclamation mark because the man who defeated Spieth by one stroke in the Open was Zach Johnson, another golfer who played the John Deere Classic before catching a chartered red-eye to Scotland. The John Deere Classic should have an easier time filling its field next year.