This week's Mainstream Media Scream features Yahoo's Katie Couric, who last week interviewed Sen. Ted Cruz, the Texan running for president, about his hardline against illegal immigration. It was loaded from the start.

For Couric, it comes down to one word: empathy.

On Yahoo News Monday, Couric said:

"Well, let's talk immigration, because I'm very curious about your views on that. I know you've staunchly oppose President Obama's executive actions on immigration. You've worked to block every legislative effort to allow undocumented immigrants to remain legally in this country. So, given the fact that your father immigrated here from Cuba, do you have any empathy for people who come here looking for a better way of life and is there a way to have some kind of comprehensive immigration reform and what would you do with the eleven million people who are in this country illegally?"

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains our pick: "That's a lot of hostile assumptions in one question. Liberals like Couric can't separate policy from emotion, so if you're a conservative she presumes you don't care about other people. An example of how journalists impair rational policy discussion."

Rating: Four out of five screams.

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