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SPJ Diversity Committee launches journalistic campaign against the term ‘illegal immigrant’
Daily Caller ^ | 12/27/2010 | Matthew Boyle

Posted on 12/27/2010 5:25:10 PM PST by moonshinner_09

The Diversity Committee of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) is seeking to “inform and sensitize” reporters nationwide about how “offensive” the term “illegal immigrant” is to Latinos.

Diversity Committee member Leo Laurence announced the campaign against “illegal immigrant” and “illegal alien” terminology in the latest issue of the organization’s magazine, Quill, writing that those who have not obtained citizenship

but have entered the country without any prior approval should be called “undocumented workers” or “undocumented immigrants.”

In his report, Laurence quotes SPJ Diversity Committee chairman George Daniels as saying, “this is not about being politically correct,” but about aiming to “minimize harm,” when reporting. When Daniels says “minimize harm,” he is referring to one of the major tenets of SPJ’s code of ethics, which many journalists nationwide follow.

Laurence defends SPJ’s new campaign by offering an interpretation of the Constitution that provides for constitutional rights for everyone, including non-citizens, saying that any person should be presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. He said that, constitutionally, a judge is the only person who can deem anyone or anything “illegal.”

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: illegalaliens; illegalinvaders; illegalinvasion; illegalmeansillegal; illegals; immigration; invaders; notimmigrants
If Hispanics want to be taken seriously that they are not a threat to our nation, they need to make a statement that they are for the laws of our country and we are not going to change them for their benefit.
1 posted on 12/27/2010 5:25:16 PM PST by moonshinner_09
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To: moonshinner_09

The Socialist Party Jerks (SPJ) can just bugger off!


2 posted on 12/27/2010 5:27:27 PM PST by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country! What else needs said?)
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To: moonshinner_09

No, they’re not biased or have an agenda.

Why do you ask?


3 posted on 12/27/2010 5:28:14 PM PST by Tzimisce (It's just another day in Obamaland.)
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To: moonshinner_09
...“inform and sensitize” reporters nationwide about how “offensive” the term “illegal immigrant” is...

I find it offensive too - I prefer illegal alien. The term immigrant bestows a notion of legitimacy that I feel they do not deserve.

Hey SPJ - how about going for accuracy in reporting? These people are illegals, period.

4 posted on 12/27/2010 5:28:40 PM PST by ThunderSleeps (Stop obama now! Stop the hussein - insane agenda!)
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To: moonshinner_09

I prefer “illegal alien.”


5 posted on 12/27/2010 5:29:18 PM PST by Brilliant
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To: moonshinner_09

Ministry of Truth bookmark.


6 posted on 12/27/2010 5:29:22 PM PST by IrishCatholic (No local Communist or Socialist Party Chapter? Join the Democrats, it's the same thing!)
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To: moonshinner_09

What’s the difference between Pravda and our MSM?


7 posted on 12/27/2010 5:29:38 PM PST by ChiMark
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To: moonshinner_09

Perhaps the Diversity Committee of the Society of Professional Journalists should spend time “informing and sensitizing” their fellow journalists at MSNBC who call conservatives nasty names...


8 posted on 12/27/2010 5:29:48 PM PST by LibFreeOrDie (Obama promised a gold mine, but will give us the shaft.)
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To: moonshinner_09

Student, to secretary in department office:
“Uh, I know I just declared my major in journalism. But don’t
write my folks, OK? They think I’m a pimp in East LA.”


9 posted on 12/27/2010 5:33:05 PM PST by tumblindice (How come so many lesbian Democrats are named `Janet'?)
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To: moonshinner_09

It’s not a legal term that requires a conviction or legal ruling. It is a description of someone who has entered this country illegally or has allowed a visa to expire. When Big Sis says we have gone from a high of 700 something thousand illegal immigrants a year to 200 something thousand, she isn’t just talking about those who have had a deportation ruling.


10 posted on 12/27/2010 5:34:42 PM PST by pallis
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To: moonshinner_09

If anyone out there wants to know why I quit being a journalist in 1995, here’s another example.


11 posted on 12/27/2010 5:36:42 PM PST by redpoll
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To: moonshinner_09

The Daily Caller is a blog. In the future, please post in the appropriate forum.


12 posted on 12/27/2010 5:44:06 PM PST by Admin Moderator
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To: moonshinner_09

I am a Latina and I LOVE and ADORE the words illegal alien!!

See, these yo-yos never asked the Right kind of Latino!!


13 posted on 12/27/2010 5:51:16 PM PST by chicagolady (Mexican Elite say: EXPORT Poverty Let the American Taxpayer foot the bill !)
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To: moonshinner_09

“inform and sensitize” ?

More like “disinform and desensitize”. Let’s just call it something else, and maybe the sheeple won’t notice...

The simple fact is that these are criminals. They broke US law when they illegally crossed the border. All the feel-good platitudes to the contrary, they are still criminals. That, by definition makes them ILLEGAL. And, they are hardly immigrants. They are just what they’ve been called for years...ILLEGAL ALIENS.

If we continue to let the libtards define the terms of the argument, we are destined to continue the decline in which we find ourselves currently.


14 posted on 12/27/2010 5:53:37 PM PST by PubliusMM (RKBA; a matter of fact, not opinion. 01-20-2013: Change we can look forward to.)
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To: Brilliant

Personally, I prefer the term wetback. Denotes they did not come thru a border crossing legally.


15 posted on 12/27/2010 5:54:09 PM PST by rickb308 (Nothing good ever came from someone yelling Allah Snackbar)
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To: ChiMark
What’s the difference between Pravda and our MSM?

They are the same, only the names have been changed......

16 posted on 12/27/2010 5:55:32 PM PST by MamaDearest
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To: moonshinner_09

Great then we will use the correct term of illegal Aliens, they are not immigrants if they are here illegally. The vast majority of Americans don’t give a rat’s a** if the term is offensive or not.


17 posted on 12/27/2010 5:55:33 PM PST by calex59
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To: moonshinner_09


18 posted on 12/27/2010 6:08:39 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Admin Moderator

I am sorry for the error. At their site they have major news of all types that cover a wide range of subjects from across the world. Their lay out looks like what a major newspaper would look like
The Daily Caller is a 24-hour news site providing original reporting from an experienced team of professional reporters, thought-provoking commentary and breaking news. In addition to hard news reporting and commentary.I just did not see it being a blog .


19 posted on 12/27/2010 6:11:48 PM PST by moonshinner_09
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To: moonshinner_09

If journalists want to be taken seriously they should get back to calling things and events by their real names. Euphemisms and political correctness are dishonest and subversive propaganda techniques.


20 posted on 12/27/2010 6:22:59 PM PST by Bernard Marx
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To: moonshinner_09

This is like the evolving terms for those who used to be Negros and for people who used to be retarded. The problem is not the term used. It is the fact that the people the terms refer to are disdained and not approved by the rest of the society. So long as that disapproval continues the terms used, no matter what they are will, will rapidly gain the pejorative sense and the campaign to retire the terms in favor of terms perceived to be more euphonious will continue. Changing the terms does not change the disdain factor.


21 posted on 12/27/2010 6:24:38 PM PST by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's "Economics In One Lesson.")
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To: moonshinner_09

Maybe someone will start a campaign explaining how offensive terms like “undocumented Americans” are to normal people.


22 posted on 12/27/2010 6:38:51 PM PST by freespirited (This tagline dedicated to the memory of John Armor, a/k/a Congressman Billybob.)
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To: moonshinner_09
Let's call them Muslims.


Frowning takes 68 muscles.
Smiling takes 6.
Pulling this trigger takes 2.
I'm lazy.

23 posted on 12/27/2010 7:07:28 PM PST by The Comedian (Government: Saving people from freedom since time immemorial.)
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To: PubliusMM
"That, by definition makes them ILLEGAL."

Personally, I'm rather favorably disposed to STIGMA.

Call a spade a spade, illegal alien. There's no immigrant about it.

yitbos

24 posted on 12/27/2010 8:50:26 PM PST by bruinbirdman ("Those who control language control minds." -- Ayn Rand)
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To: moonshinner_09
Yes, and they need to assimilate themselves as Americans, especially learning to speak English! And very very important that they should be more serious about education and knowledge, improving their IQ as a whole.
25 posted on 12/27/2010 9:28:36 PM PST by mulan (Molon Labe)
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To: moonshinner_09
In his report, Laurence quotes SPJ Diversity Committee chairman George Daniels as saying, “this is not about being politically correct,” but about aiming to “minimize harm,” when reporting.

Translation: This is about being politically correct.

Professional journalists?

Nope - professional liars is the correct term.

26 posted on 12/27/2010 10:02:24 PM PST by Zeppo ("Happy Pony is on - and I'm NOT missing Happy Pony")
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To: moonshinner_09

So by this definition, people who embezzle will have “undocumented riches” since the term illegal gains sounds so accusatory. I wonder what SPJ would have thought is the right word for a Wall Street swindler before conviction - “undocumented millionaire and philanthropist” perhaps?


27 posted on 12/27/2010 11:39:45 PM PST by srajan
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To: srajan
"people who embezzle will have “undocumented riches"

Word Nazis would make the word "illegal" illegal.

yitbos

28 posted on 12/28/2010 12:02:58 AM PST by bruinbirdman ("Those who control language control minds." -- Ayn Rand)
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