Skip to comments.Reporters told: Don't say 'illegal immigrant'
Posted on 12/19/2010 10:36:44 AM PST by La Lydia
A diversity plan from a group of journalists says reporters should not be using the term "illegal aliens" because it is not constitutional. "Frequent use of the phrases 'illegal immigrant' and 'illegal alien' by our mainstream media is being questioned in order to remain faithful to the principles of our U.S. Constitution," Leo Laurence wrote in the "Diversity Toolbox" column on the website for the Quill, which is produced by the Society of Professional Journalists.
He said the organization's "Diversity Committee" met during its 2010 convention in Las Vegas and "decided to engage in a yearlong educational campaign designed to inform and sensitize journalists as to the best language to use when writing and reporting on undocumented immigrants."
The concept, however, elicited some pointed criticism from analyst Alana Goodman of the Culture and Media Institute, who noted that the campaign appears to be targeted toward one situation, when there are many others that also could be addressed.
"The label 'remains offensive to Latinos, and especially Mexicans, and to the fundamentals of American jurisprudence,' wrote Leo E. Laurence," said Goodman.
"Seeing as most Latinos in the U.S. are not illegal immigrants and since the term has no racial or ethnic connotation it's hard to see how it would cause offense to this group. In fact, the only people who should really be put off by the term are illegal immigrants themselves (or their advocates), who don't believe unlawful residency in the U.S. should be a crime," Goodman wrote.
The term "illegal immigrant," in fact, is cited in a recent style book for the Associated Press, which often has advertised it is the world's oldest and largest newgathering organization, as "the preferred term, rather than 'illegal alien' or 'undocumented worker.'"...
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Damn right! It’s illegal ALIEN.
What a steaming load of crap!
And to cite the Constitution as a reason to NOT state the truth...
No, it’s border jumpers.
Don’t say “illegal immigrant” say “crimalien”.
You “journalists” mustn’t use labels (even if they are accurate).
I guess they never heard of Freedom of Speech. All newspapers, ALL TV and ALL of Hollywood support Husseins facism icnluding Prince Al Waleed’s Fox News. Fox is only slightly better. Keep watching TV and hollwyood folks and you get more leftist repression, more gayness in the military and more thought crime.
Next up, “Youth Enthusiast” for “Child Molester”.
Ok....change it to “Illegal Greaser”
Reporters told: Don’t say ‘illegal immigrant’,
Say “illegal alien”
Why only go halfway? If we are going to create upbeat but fictional labels let’s find even more positive terms. We can call them all “benevolent brain surgeons” or “successful philanthropists” or “fun-loving rocket scientists.” Might as well be creative.
Other facts/terms the “Diversity Committee” told reporters to adhere:
1) The REAL Black on White crime stats
2) The true homosexual lifestyle
3) Female genital mutilation by Islam in the USA
4) Man-made climate change is false and they know it.
5) Anything goes when attacking Sarah Palin
6) Criticism of the progressive agenda will not be tolerated.
7) The Tea Party is a racist organization
8) Gun owners are to be treated as barabarians
9) Christianity is a cult
10) Capitalism is exploitative
“Crimalien” just flows so nicely.
...sounds like a reptile, though.
I know these people break the law and come immigrant into our country, we should call them what they are: ILLEGALS. But we have to tiptoe around the minorities because they might get their feelings hurt if we stand up for our country.
No need to get in the ear of the "sensitive" types. They already eschew the use of all truthful language.
Newspeak. Soon they’ll be “guests”.
JournOlistas on parade.
Suddenly, the journalists are concerned about the Constitution? What a joke.
Leo, the constitution essentially starts with a little blurb about “freedom of speech.”
Ever hear of that?
So you now have “journalists” saying the free exercise of speech is unconstitutional? Incredible.
And it is not unconstitutional to call something what it is. Only Marxists play that game.
They should be called “Criminals” because that is what they are, criminals..they are breaking the law..its that simple
illegal immigrant...illegal immigrant...illegal immigrant...illegal immigrant...illegal immigrant
Is “foreign invader” acceptable?
Uninvited Foreign Guests? Kind of like the ex mother-in-law showing up as a Christmas dinner surprise?
Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!
To be technically correct, most of the illegal aliens are in fact criminal invaders.
I remember when the Society of Professional Journalists concerned itself with actual standards of professional conduct. They’re now so stupid as to openly self-identify as robotic Leninists.
“Wetback” was acceptable to President Eisenhower, nad the American public back then.
PS It still is, unless one is PC impaired.
What’s unconstitutional about it? Can they point out where in the Constitution it prohibits use of terms like “illegal aliens”?
Still, if it’s their preference, I guess I could use “illegal invaders.” Or some even worse...
The "guideline" was issued within days of 9/11/2001.
If it was absolutely impossible to do that then the "journalist" must include examples of American terrorists such as the anti-abortion movement.
These professional "journalists" named several other things "journalists" should do to perform their duties in a "responsible" manner.
.. and citizens have died defending those kinds of "rights?"
Illegal aliens is the proper term. Foreign invaders is my preference, however. IMO, masses of people streaming across our borders illegally is an act of war. It should be treated as such.
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The US Immigration and Naturalization service doesn’t have a problem with the word “alien”.
So if an alien violates USC Title 8, doesn’t common sense cause non-journalists to conclude that makes him or her an “illegal” alien?
But if the gerbalists want to quibble, OK: “a foreign national here in violation of our immigration laws.”
Not an immigrant.
An illegal alien.
I’m going to start calling them “Los Nuevos Conquistadores.”
I, for one, do NOT welcome our new Mexican masters.
How ‘bout “Border jumping, wet backed, tax stealing, invading, attempted colonizing, law breaking, criminal, needs to be ran back across the border alien?
The Constitution doesn't say anything in this regard. Nothing.
We should welcome los nuevos conquistadores as the redcoats were welcomed at Concord Bridge.
Make words "illegal alien" racist...Tell everyone it's "racist" to use those words...Like the term, "neo-con" was made racist....
We just just don't like those words and terms...They should be outlawed comrades!
Subsidized-Refugees, or Undocumented-Dreamers sounds nice.