Skip to comments.SPJ Diversity Committee launches journalistic campaign against the term ‘illegal immigrant’
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 organizations 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 SPJs code of ethics, which many journalists nationwide follow.
Laurence defends SPJs 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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The Socialist Party Jerks (SPJ) can just bugger off!
No, they’re not biased or have an agenda.
Why do you ask?
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.
I prefer “illegal alien.”
Ministry of Truth bookmark.
What’s the difference between Pravda and our MSM?
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...
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.”
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.
If anyone out there wants to know why I quit being a journalist in 1995, here’s another example.
The Daily Caller is a blog. In the future, please post in the appropriate forum.
I am a Latina and I LOVE and ADORE the words illegal alien!!
See, these yo-yos never asked the Right kind of Latino!!
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.
Personally, I prefer the term wetback. Denotes they did not come thru a border crossing legally.
They are the same, only the names have been changed......
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.
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 .
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.
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.
Maybe someone will start a campaign explaining how offensive terms like “undocumented Americans” are to normal people.
Personally, I'm rather favorably disposed to STIGMA.
Call a spade a spade, illegal alien. There's no immigrant about it.
Translation: This is about being politically correct.
Nope - professional liars is the correct term.
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?
Word Nazis would make the word "illegal" illegal.