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Society Of Professional Journalists Claim 'Illegal Immigrant' Is An 'Offensive' Term
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Posted on 12/29/2010 12:53:55 PM PST by Sub-Driver

Society Of Professional Journalists Claim 'Illegal Immigrant' Is An 'Offensive' Term Wednesday, December 29, 2010 By Eric Scheiner

The Diversity Committee of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) have announced an educational campaign against the term “illegal immigrant” seeking to inform reporters that the term “illegal immigrant” is “offensive” to Latinos.

In the latest issue of SPJ’s magazine ‘Quill’, SPJ’s Diversity Committee member Leo Laurence writes about the campaign referencing the National Association of Hispanic Journalists’ recommendation to use “undocumented immigrant” or “undocumented worker” and to “Avoid using ‘illegal(s)’ as a noun.”

In the article Laurence also makes a constitutional argument against the term 'illegal immigrant', “One of the most basic of our constitutional rights is that everyone (including non-citizens) is innocent of any crime until proven guilty in a court of law. That’s guaranteed under the Fifth, Sixth and 14th Amendments of the Constitution.”

“Simply put, only a judge, not a journalist, can say that someone is an illegal,” Laurence adds.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: aliens; crimaliens; illegal; illegals; journalism; journalists; presstitutes
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How PC.......
1 posted on 12/29/2010 12:53:56 PM PST by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver

Then call them illegal mexicans !!!!!


2 posted on 12/29/2010 12:55:06 PM PST by TruthConquers (Delendae sunt publicae scholae)
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To: Sub-Driver
seeking to inform reporters that the term “illegal immigrant” is “offensive” to Latinos.

As a law-abiding American citizen, I find the presence in my country of millions of ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS very offensive, but you don't hear anybody trying to inform them of that.

3 posted on 12/29/2010 12:57:02 PM PST by VRWCmember (Veritas vos Liberabit)
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To: Sub-Driver

I find the term ‘Professional Journalists’ to be offensive. After all, it simply isn’t true and is an insult to actual writers.

If true professionalism was tested, I’d suspect the membership of this ‘Society’ would be something south of 10 and every one would turn out to be employed by Fox News.


4 posted on 12/29/2010 12:57:33 PM PST by BelegStrongbow (St. Joseph, patron of fathers, pray for us!)
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To: Sub-Driver

Society of Professional Journalists is populated by maggots.

They hate people who are successful; they hate their bosses; and they hate their colleagues.

They are never happy.

They also dress very poorly.

That’s quite a concoction, isn’t it?

It reminds me of the National Press Club bar on Friday afternoons. You want to see a bunch of miserable people? Take a look sometime.


5 posted on 12/29/2010 12:58:41 PM PST by RexBeach ("There is no such thing as a good tax." Winston Churchill)
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To: Sub-Driver
The Diversity Committee of the Society of Professional Journalists

Kinda bone-chilling.

6 posted on 12/29/2010 12:59:05 PM PST by bkepley
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To: Sub-Driver

Maybe they’d prefer “illegal alien”. It suits me just fine!


7 posted on 12/29/2010 12:59:55 PM PST by IIntense
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To: Sub-Driver

I like “crimaliens”.


8 posted on 12/29/2010 1:00:04 PM PST by WOBBLY BOB ( "I don't want the majority if we don't stand for something"- Jim Demint)
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To: Sub-Driver

‘Murderer’ is offensive to murderers; ‘Rapist’ to rapists; ‘child molester’ to child molesters; ‘liberal’ to liberals, etc. etc.


9 posted on 12/29/2010 1:00:27 PM PST by Kent C
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To: Sub-Driver

Oh ... and how does the term “sleaze ball little maggots”
strike you


10 posted on 12/29/2010 1:01:10 PM PST by clamper1797 (Pray for Obama ... Psalms 109:8)
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To: Sub-Driver

“Professional Journalists” is a false and misleading term.


11 posted on 12/29/2010 1:01:18 PM PST by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: cripplecreek

So would they rather call them Criminal non-citizens?


12 posted on 12/29/2010 1:02:31 PM PST by OPS4 (Ops4 God Bless America!Jesus is Lord!)
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To: IIntense

Law-breaking immigrants, trespassing immigrants, illegal trespassers.


13 posted on 12/29/2010 1:03:04 PM PST by JaguarXKE (Life - It's 10 percent circumstances and 90 percent how you react to circumstances - Sarah Palin)
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To: Sub-Driver

But the term “Teabagger” is not offensive in any way.


14 posted on 12/29/2010 1:04:36 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (DEFCON I ALERT: The federal cancer has metastasized. All personnel report to their battle stations.)
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To: Sub-Driver

I am offended at them.


15 posted on 12/29/2010 1:04:40 PM PST by ColdOne
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To: Sub-Driver

how about WOP or Wet Back?


16 posted on 12/29/2010 1:05:27 PM PST by lack-of-trust
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To: Sub-Driver

American People Claim ‘Illegal Immigrant’ Is An ‘Offensive’ neighbor


17 posted on 12/29/2010 1:06:03 PM PST by americanophile
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To: Sub-Driver

Shouldn’t take a judge to determine that. No visa, no passport, no BC showing you’re a citizen then you’re here illegally. I’m not promoting that US citizens carry their BC with them.


18 posted on 12/29/2010 1:06:19 PM PST by ReverendJames (Only A Lawyer And A Painter Can Change Black To White)
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To: Sub-Driver

No problem, lets just return to the traditional descriptions.
“Illegal Immigrant” is a self contradicting nonsense PC term anyway.

“Wet-back’s”, “Invader’s”, “Illegal Alien’s”,”Wog’s”, “Criminal trespassers” “Greaser’s” etc. all work fine for me!

I am sure I missed a few, maybe we should compile a complete list and send it to these PC morons for their edification?


19 posted on 12/29/2010 1:07:16 PM PST by Loyal Sedition (Loyal Sedition, often described as "To the right of Attila The Hun"!)
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To: Sub-Driver

...but they’ll still call us “Tea Baggers”, “Hatemongers” and “racists” right?

Can’t imagine where someone would think they have a political bias...


20 posted on 12/29/2010 1:07:51 PM PST by Tzimisce (It's just another day in Obamaland.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Next, shoplifters will be exercising undefined deferred payment plans...


21 posted on 12/29/2010 1:08:30 PM PST by Keith in Iowa (FR Class of 1998 | TV News is an oxymoron. | MSNBC = Moonbats Spouting Nothing But Crap.)
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To: TruthConquers

22 posted on 12/29/2010 1:08:30 PM PST by DannyTN
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To: Sub-Driver

These people are not journalists. Real journalists attempt to enlighten readers/listeners/viewers not to mislead them and lie to their faces.

I have not seen a real journalism in a long time.


23 posted on 12/29/2010 1:08:37 PM PST by GeronL (#7 top poster at CC, friend to all, nicest guy ever, +96/-14, ignored by 1 sockpuppet.. oh & BANNED)
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To: cripplecreek

“False and misleading”...
Right up the alley for anyone from the left.


24 posted on 12/29/2010 1:09:05 PM PST by gnickgnack2 (QUESTION obama's AUTHORITY)
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To: Sub-Driver
Remind the libs that subjective "offense" carries no legal no mandate over anyone. If this were a matter before a court of law, the question would be: "Would a reasonable person be offended by the term 'illegal immigrant'?" The answer of course is, "No, a reasonable person would not be offended by that term," therefore, it is not an (objectively) offensive term and you don't have to worry about all these offenses frivolously claimed by the libs. This is a typical sign of desperation that the libs, as always, have lost in the forum of ideas.

Next.

25 posted on 12/29/2010 1:09:22 PM PST by Jim 0216
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To: TruthConquers

Inappropriate for all the illegal Russians, Chinese, Peruvians, Irish, etc.

“Invaders” covers them without being over specific.


26 posted on 12/29/2010 1:09:51 PM PST by Loyal Sedition (Loyal Sedition, often described as "To the right of Attila The Hun"!)
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To: Sub-Driver

Frankly, I find anyone claiming that “illegal immigrant” is offensive to Latinos is being offensive to Latinos because they are outright stating that they actually believe what they are accusing others of believing.


27 posted on 12/29/2010 1:10:31 PM PST by Tanniker Smith (I didn't know she was a liberal when I married her.)
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To: Sub-Driver

How about calling them what they are ... “Undocumented Dem-O-Rats” ? Does removing the word ‘immigrant’ from the term help any? They came here ILLEGALLY, and so they are not actually immigrants, they are “illegal foreign invaders” who should be prosecuted and deported EVERY TIME when found period! BUILD THE DAMN WALL from Cali to Texas 112th Congress Critters ! I don’t care if you have to shut down the EPA to pay for it.


28 posted on 12/29/2010 1:12:33 PM PST by ri4dc (Cut your cable, Break Wind for the TSA, Flush Twice in 2012, and STOP ROTUS Now!)
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To: Sub-Driver
seeking to inform reporters that the term “illegal immigrant” is “offensive” to Latinos"

Where, in 'illegal immigrant' is there an allusion, implication or reference to someone's ethnic group? Why would Latinos pop their heads over the parapet and be offended. Why not Moldavians? Why not Australians? Why not Tamils? The saying used to be "If the cap fits, wear it." This is another case of so called journalists manufacturing news.

29 posted on 12/29/2010 1:14:24 PM PST by I am Richard Brandon
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To: Sub-Driver

I sort of agree. Illegals don’t deserve the “immigrant” designation, as they are not legitmate immigrants. Real immigrants (the legal kind) should not be forced to suffer the indignity of being associated with these criminal invaders.

I propose we stop using the term “illegal immigrant” and replace it with “illegal alien criminal invader”.


30 posted on 12/29/2010 1:15:37 PM PST by Above My Pay Grade
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To: Sub-Driver

As the guy on Foxnews said, “That’s like calling rapists ‘non-consensual sexual partners.’”


31 posted on 12/29/2010 1:16:57 PM PST by thefactor (yes, as a matter of fact, i DID only read the excerpt)
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To: Keith in Iowa

Yes, and drug dealers will be called undocumented, independent pharmacists.


32 posted on 12/29/2010 1:17:26 PM PST by Above My Pay Grade
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To: Sub-Driver

LOL....they’ve been listening to Mark Steyn.


33 posted on 12/29/2010 1:17:26 PM PST by Churchillspirit (9/11/01...NEVER FORGET.)
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To: Sub-Driver

“Avoid using ‘illegal(s)’ as a noun.”

I’ll go along with that. But in the phrase illegal immigrant the word illegal is an adjective, not a noun.


34 posted on 12/29/2010 1:18:34 PM PST by Lorianne (During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act. ___ George Orwell)
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To: Loyal Sedition

I live in SoCal.

illegal mexicans is the vast majority here.

Invaders is good, too.

;)


35 posted on 12/29/2010 1:19:43 PM PST by TruthConquers (Delendae sunt publicae scholae)
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To: Sub-Driver
For 200+ years - the word 'Immigrant' has never been offensive...

For 200+ years - the law correctly defines Illegal acts against the law - and that has never been offensive... except to the criminal - who has LOST his/her 'rights' by an Illegal criminal act.

Illegal Immigrant - is a accurate description that is supported by 200+ years of correct and accurate usage in English for 'illegal criminal acts or illegal tort'; and accurate usage of 'immigrants' in reference to people coming to America to start a new life.

Only English rejecting, Law rejecting, Rights rejecting, American rejecting: FOOLS and IDIOTS would consider these words 'offensive'.

I find that the 'society of professional journalists' are offensive to our American freedoms, rights, Laws, and English-American usage to accurately communicate.

We now live in this age where 'bad' means 'good'; 'illegal' means 'legal'; 'democrat' means 'correct' and 'republican' means 'terrorist' or 'hitler'. The USA is fast being destroyed by FOOLS and IDIOTS such as these and the zer0 [Obama types].

36 posted on 12/29/2010 1:19:52 PM PST by bibletruth
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To: Sub-Driver

Society Of Professional Journalists = Ministry of Truth.


37 posted on 12/29/2010 1:20:23 PM PST by jeffc (Prayer. It's freedom of speech.)
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To: Sub-Driver
I know it would be asking too much of a group of people who are obviously paid to lie for the Left, but how about we label them accurately: foreign nationals who have invaded our country.
38 posted on 12/29/2010 1:20:23 PM PST by EternalVigilance (I'm not a Democrat. I'm not a Republican. I'm a Christian and an American.)
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To: Sub-Driver

It’s offensive to me, too, since they’re not “immigrants” and calling them that is an insult to real immigrants.

I prefer “criminal invaders.”


39 posted on 12/29/2010 1:21:49 PM PST by Nea Wood (Silly liberal . . . paychecks are for workers!)
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To: Sub-Driver

So they want to go back to ‘wet backs’, ‘wops’, greenhorns?


40 posted on 12/29/2010 1:24:34 PM PST by AU72
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To: Keith in Iowa

Looting during a riot is “non traditional shopping during a period of civil unrest.”


41 posted on 12/29/2010 1:27:12 PM PST by forgotten man (forgotten man)
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To: TruthConquers

They are not all Mexicans. Just call them illegal aliens, then deport them.


42 posted on 12/29/2010 1:28:45 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Islam is the religion of Satan and Mohammed was his minion.)
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To: Sub-Driver

He’s right, though. If they are illegal, they aren’t immigrants.

The term of choice should be illegal aliens.


43 posted on 12/29/2010 1:33:24 PM PST by marron
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To: Sub-Driver

How about:
“Senores sin papeles”

or

“Los muchachos menos tarjetas verdes”

or

“DNND” *

* “Documentaciones? No Necesitamos Documentacion!”


44 posted on 12/29/2010 1:34:01 PM PST by MarDav
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To: Sub-Driver
The proper terminology is “illegal alien.”

An “immigrant” by definition is a legal, permanent resident - green card holder.

This country was settled by “immigrants,” - legally!!

45 posted on 12/29/2010 1:34:24 PM PST by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-Qaeda" and its allies.)
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To: Sub-Driver

So what! It should be offensive, as much as it is to legal immigrants!
Life is full of offenses, some are for the better and some are for the worse.
Most of us that have been citizens since birth are offended every day.
But you know we have selected offenses, and the media has promoted it!


46 posted on 12/29/2010 1:40:01 PM PST by LetMarch (If a man knows the right way to live, and does not live it, there is no greater coward. (Anonymous)
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To: Sub-Driver

Personally I find the term “journalist” offensive.


47 posted on 12/29/2010 1:49:25 PM PST by McGavin999 ("I was there when we had the numbers, but didn't have the principles"-Jim DeMint)
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To: Sub-Driver

If the U.S. government cannot legally control migration across its southern border, then it has lost sovereignty over its own territory. So on what basis does it “minimize harm” to deny that uncontrolled immigration into the U.S. from Mexico is “illegal” ?


48 posted on 12/29/2010 1:51:58 PM PST by haroldeveryman
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To: Sub-Driver

At this point in time, I equate a Professional Journalist with a prostitute because they both will *uck someone for money.


49 posted on 12/29/2010 1:52:17 PM PST by Waverunner (I'd like to welcome our new overlords, say hello to my little friend)
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To: Sub-Driver

Wetbacks is OK. Eisenhower used the term in Operation Wetback.
They are illegally colonizing our country and stealing our money. Yes, it’s our money not theirs. It takes the form of subsidies, tuitions, welfare payments, medical payments and a burden oour system.


50 posted on 12/29/2010 2:00:30 PM PST by BuffaloJack (The Recession is officially over. We are now into Obama's Depression.)
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