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Reporters told: Don't say 'illegal immigrant'
WND ^ | December 18, 2010 | Bob Unruh

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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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: borderslanguage; culture; hypocrisy; illegalinvaders; invaders; journalism; pc; ruleoflaw
So now according to the Society of Professional Journalists, the word "illegal" is a ThoughtCrime. And they wonder why they have a credibility problem.
1 posted on 12/19/2010 10:36:46 AM PST by La Lydia
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To: La Lydia

Damn right! It’s illegal ALIEN.


2 posted on 12/19/2010 10:39:15 AM PST by Comparative Advantage
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To: La Lydia

Criminal alien.


3 posted on 12/19/2010 10:41:22 AM PST by pnh102 (Regarding liberalism, always attribute to malice what you think can be explained by stupidity. - Me)
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To: La Lydia

What a steaming load of crap!

And to cite the Constitution as a reason to NOT state the truth...


4 posted on 12/19/2010 10:41:40 AM PST by FrogMom (No such thing as an honest democrat!)
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To: Comparative Advantage

No, it’s border jumpers.


5 posted on 12/19/2010 10:42:11 AM PST by max americana
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To: La Lydia

Don’t say “illegal immigrant” say “crimalien”.


6 posted on 12/19/2010 10:42:15 AM PST by MIchaelTArchangel (Obama makes me miss Jimmah Cahtah!)
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To: La Lydia

You “journalists” mustn’t use labels (even if they are accurate).


7 posted on 12/19/2010 10:42:40 AM PST by windsorknot
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To: La Lydia

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.


8 posted on 12/19/2010 10:42:49 AM PST by Frantzie
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To: La Lydia

Next up, “Youth Enthusiast” for “Child Molester”.


9 posted on 12/19/2010 10:44:53 AM PST by Psycho_Bunny (Hail To The Fail-In-Chief)
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To: La Lydia

Border Felons.


10 posted on 12/19/2010 10:46:50 AM PST by Cheetahcat ( November 4 2008 ,A date which will live in Infamy.)
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To: Comparative Advantage

Ok....change it to “Illegal Greaser”


11 posted on 12/19/2010 10:47:55 AM PST by RC2
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To: AuntB; Liz

Reporters told: Don’t say ‘illegal immigrant’,

Say “illegal alien”


12 posted on 12/19/2010 10:48:29 AM PST by Tennessee Nana
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To: La Lydia

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.


13 posted on 12/19/2010 10:48:46 AM PST by ElkGroveDan (He's not the Messiah, he's a very naughty boy!)
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To: La Lydia

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


14 posted on 12/19/2010 10:49:19 AM PST by Le Chien Rouge
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To: MIchaelTArchangel

“Crimalien” just flows so nicely.

...sounds like a reptile, though.


15 posted on 12/19/2010 10:49:50 AM PST by bannie (Gone to seed.)
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To: La Lydia
Leo Laurence needs to read a copy of the US Constitutional. And what's the organization of professional journalists? What a FN joke. If journalists did their job in the first place, there wouldn't be so much alternative media. The MSM has done a horrific job of informing and educating the public over the past 50 years.
16 posted on 12/19/2010 10:49:59 AM PST by truthguy (Good intentions are not enough.)
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To: La Lydia
Leo Laurence needs to read a copy of the US Constitutional. And what's the organization of professional journalists? What a FN joke. If journalists did their job in the first place, there wouldn't be so much alternative media. The MSM has done a horrific job of informing and educating the public over the past 50 years.
17 posted on 12/19/2010 10:50:08 AM PST by truthguy (Good intentions are not enough.)
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To: La Lydia

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.


18 posted on 12/19/2010 10:50:12 AM PST by job199
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To: La Lydia
He said the organization's "Diversity Committee" ..."decided to engage in a yearlong educational campaign designed to inform and sensitize journalists...."

No need to get in the ear of the "sensitive" types. They already eschew the use of all truthful language.

19 posted on 12/19/2010 10:50:20 AM PST by Mr. Mojo
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To: La Lydia

Newspeak. Soon they’ll be “guests”.


20 posted on 12/19/2010 10:52:39 AM PST by Zuben Elgenubi
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To: La Lydia

JournOlistas on parade.


21 posted on 12/19/2010 10:53:10 AM PST by Carley (ISRAEL.......NOT SO ALONE!!!)
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To: La Lydia

Suddenly, the journalists are concerned about the Constitution? What a joke.


22 posted on 12/19/2010 10:54:41 AM PST by Rocky (REPEAL IT!)
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To: La Lydia

Leo, the constitution essentially starts with a little blurb about “freedom of speech.”

Ever hear of that?


23 posted on 12/19/2010 10:56:16 AM PST by bill1952 (Choice is an illusion created between those with power - and those without)
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To: La Lydia

So you now have “journalists” saying the free exercise of speech is unconstitutional? Incredible.


24 posted on 12/19/2010 10:57:05 AM PST by rbg81 (When you see Obama, shout: "DO YOUR JOB!!")
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To: Comparative Advantage

And it is not unconstitutional to call something what it is. Only Marxists play that game.


25 posted on 12/19/2010 10:58:08 AM PST by dools0007world
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To: La Lydia

They should be called “Criminals” because that is what they are, criminals..they are breaking the law..its that simple


26 posted on 12/19/2010 10:58:25 AM PST by Sarah Barracuda
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To: La Lydia

illegal immigrant...illegal immigrant...illegal immigrant...illegal immigrant...illegal immigrant


Come and git me, if you got the sand. This is all protected free speech.


27 posted on 12/19/2010 10:58:58 AM PST by crazyhorse691 (Now that the libs are in power dissent is not only unpatriotic, but, it is also racist.)
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To: La Lydia

Is “foreign invader” acceptable?


28 posted on 12/19/2010 11:02:13 AM PST by reg45
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To: Zuben Elgenubi; La Lydia
Newspeak. Soon they’ll be “guests”.

Uninvited Foreign Guests? Kind of like the ex mother-in-law showing up as a Christmas dinner surprise?

29 posted on 12/19/2010 11:02:31 AM PST by ApplegateRanch (Islam: A Satanically Transmitted Disease spread by unprotected intimate contact with the Koranus)
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To: La Lydia
This reminds me of 1995, when my battalion got sent to Gitmo to babysit Cuban and Haitian refugees. We were told that under no circumstances were we to refer to them as "refugees" (even though they were), "rafters" (even though that's what they were), or anything other than "migrants". IOW, they weren't to be considered people who were risking their lives, tearing down their shacks to build rafts in order to flee the tyranny of their Communist government and seek the safety and freedom of the USA, we were supposed to look at them simply as wanderers, going from one place to another.

Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!

30 posted on 12/19/2010 11:02:35 AM PST by wku man (Still holding my breath, but exhaling a bit after Nov. 2...)
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To: La Lydia

To be technically correct, most of the illegal aliens are in fact criminal invaders.


31 posted on 12/19/2010 11:03:28 AM PST by umgud
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To: La Lydia

++good!


32 posted on 12/19/2010 11:08:06 AM PST by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2013)
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To: La Lydia

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.


33 posted on 12/19/2010 11:08:38 AM PST by NativeNewYorker (Freepin' Jew Boy)
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To: Comparative Advantage
Illegal Mexicans, illegal Iranians, illegal Somalians, Illegal Iraquis, illegal presidents, illegitimate reporters, ....

better?

34 posted on 12/19/2010 11:10:30 AM PST by knarf (Who's Holi ? - Christ I know, you obviously don't - let me tell you about him - Romans 10:13)
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To: max americana

Geographically challenged.


35 posted on 12/19/2010 11:12:16 AM PST by Avid Coug
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To: La Lydia

“Wetback” was acceptable to President Eisenhower, nad the American public back then.

PS It still is, unless one is PC impaired.


36 posted on 12/19/2010 11:14:57 AM PST by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon freedom, it is essential to examine principles,)
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To: La Lydia

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...


37 posted on 12/19/2010 11:20:00 AM PST by MizSterious ("Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable." -JFK)
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To: La Lydia
The same group of ninnies banned the word terrorist from being associated with the word Muslim.

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?"

38 posted on 12/19/2010 11:23:10 AM PST by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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To: La Lydia

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.


39 posted on 12/19/2010 11:34:56 AM PST by upsdriver (to undo the damage the "intellectual elites" have done. . . . . Sarah Palin for President!)
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To: La Lydia

http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis/menuitem.5600b9f6b2899b1697849110543f6d1a/?vgnextoid=6b7389eef3d4b010VgnVCM10000045f3d6a1RCRD&searchQuery=alien&submit.x=45&submit.y=21

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3244 results for alien Refine Search

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.
Not undocumented.
An illegal alien.


40 posted on 12/19/2010 11:42:38 AM PST by tumblindice (OK, I'll go to Room 101. But I still say `2 plus two equals four.' That's because you're insane, tum)
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To: tumblindice

I’m going to start calling them “Los Nuevos Conquistadores.”


41 posted on 12/19/2010 1:04:39 PM PST by Ax
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To: La Lydia
illegal aliens

Illegal aliens

Illegal aliens!

42 posted on 12/19/2010 4:08:09 PM PST by BenLurkin (This post is not a statement of fact. It is merely a personal opinion -- or humor -- or both)
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To: Ax

I, for one, do NOT welcome our new Mexican masters.


43 posted on 12/19/2010 4:08:51 PM PST by BenLurkin (This post is not a statement of fact. It is merely a personal opinion -- or humor -- or both)
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To: La Lydia

How ‘bout “Border jumping, wet backed, tax stealing, invading, attempted colonizing, law breaking, criminal, needs to be ran back across the border alien?


44 posted on 12/19/2010 4:30:19 PM PST by Feckless (I was trained by the US Government to Kill Commies. Now ain't that irOnic?)
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To: La Lydia
...should not be using the term "illegal aliens" because it is not constitutional...

The Constitution doesn't say anything in this regard. Nothing.

45 posted on 12/19/2010 4:44:29 PM PST by GingisK
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To: La Lydia

46 posted on 12/19/2010 4:52:32 PM PST by Bratch
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To: BenLurkin

We should welcome los nuevos conquistadores as the redcoats were welcomed at Concord Bridge.


47 posted on 12/19/2010 5:21:04 PM PST by Ax
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To: La Lydia
The label 'remains offensive to Latinos, and especially Mexicans

Achtung!

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!

48 posted on 12/19/2010 5:30:43 PM PST by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit.)
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To: La Lydia

Subsidized-Refugees, or Undocumented-Dreamers sounds nice.


49 posted on 12/19/2010 5:57:19 PM PST by anglian (illegal immigration is not a victimless crime.)
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