The countdown to
VDARE.COM`s Fifth Annual Worst Immigration Reporting Award
is underway. It comes at a time when a new attack on “Hate
Speech”—a.k.a. free speech, the honest discussion of what I`ve
called “hate facts”—is
Within the next thirty days we`ll announce who
during 2008, among the dozens of candidates, has consistently
written the least professional immigration stories on
America`s most important topic.
Based on Jones` coverage of the
murder of illegal alien Ecuadorian Marcelo Lucero, he could
easily qualify were he not an earlier honoree.
If I didn`t know better, I`d bet that
Jones` stories, as well as the entire Newsday treatment
of the Lucero incident highlighted by its character
assassination of Suffolk County executive
could have been written and edited by
Raza`s Janet Murguia.
I hate to disappoint Jones. So let`s take a
moment to have a little fun at Jones` expense by picking apart
his cornerstone sob story. [Lucero`s
Family Hosts Mass at Home He Helped Build, Bart Jones,
Newsday, November 17, 2008]
Jones, who filed from Ecuador, loves
Mass angle, mentioning it five times in his 800-word story
intending to build sympathy for more illegal immigration.
(Aside: Newsday still hasn`t recovered from its
circulation scandal of two years ago. Advertising revenues
remain soft. Company
layoffs and buyouts have been ongoing since 2004. Yet, it
foots the bill to send a reporter to Ecuador?)
To re-emphasize his point that the Lucero
family is religious, Jones also included two references to the
deceased`s wake. Religion is one of many common denominators in
MainStream Media illegal immigration stories. The objective is
to hammer home the message: illegals good; Americans bad!
In addition to the curious coincidence that
such a high percentage of immigration stories involve deeply
religious illegal aliens, there`s another statistical oddity:
the high incidents of critical illnesses among the protagonists.
In the case of the Luceros, Marcelo`s
father died of a heart attack and his mother survived a
I know that being cynical about their faith
and skeptical about their health makes me appear insensitive,
especially to readers less hardened than myself.
The reality is, however, that over the last
fifteen years, it has been one of my jobs to read mainstream
media immigration stories—first for
Californians for Population
Stabilization, then for
NumbersUSA.Com and now for
Having now read several thousand
stories, I`ve developed a tough stomach. And after a few
years, I`ve been struck by the amazing quirk that such a large
number of aliens are so religious and so sickly.
Somewhere out there must live an illegal alien
who`s a heathen. And with all the
care they receive, somebody should be in good physical
Back to our “Worst Annual Immigration
Reporting” award. Jones` story caught my eye because since
2003 when we
first introduced our contest, the stakes have gotten
Five years ago, we had a two-fold
awareness among the general public on just how shoddy
immigration coverage is.
And, helpfully, to
educate reporters and
editors that better stories evolve from fair and
We did well on the first part of our
mission. Every single patriotic immigration reform proponent
knows exactly how dismally the media presents our issue.
Of course, on our second goal, the odds
against us were too long to achieve total success.
The Newsday/Jones/ Lucero case is an
excellent example of what we`re up against.
In a follow-up story to Jones` piece,
Newsday reporter Juliann Vachon stacked the deck against
Rights Leaders Denounce Levy, Media After Slaying, By
Juliann Vachon, Newsday, November 25, 2008]
To save you time and trouble, I`ll fill you
in on the details:
“civil rights leaders”, Vachon means
“media”, Vachon means
Murguia charged that Levy has taken:
"…A notably hard line against immigrants in
his county, and has been lauded by cable hosts like
as a folk hero. Suffolk County is a particularly good example of
elected officials stoking the fires of anti-immigrant sentiment.
She added that:
“For two years
we have urged politicians and members of the media to show some
restraint in echoing the damaging rhetoric that demonizes our
Lucero`s murder, Murguia said, is the latest
“wake up call.”
Representatives from other
rights groups“—as they refer to themselves— joined
Murguia in her attack on Levy: the Asian-American Justice
Anti-Defamation League, the
National Urban League, the
Mexican American Legal Defense Fund, Suffolk County Human
Rights Commission and the Educational Fund and the Leadership
Conference on Civil Rights.
In his defense, Levy made the perfectly
logical observation that:
“It is reprehensible that anyone would suggest
that the tens of millions of Americans who favor secure borders
are necessarily intolerant or bigoted. Since when is enforcing
the law seen as something negative and
But that`s exactly where the argument is. If
you speak out against immigration, even illegal immigration,
the civil rights groups come after you and the MSM backs them up
every inch of the way.
that—self-appointed civil rights groups opposed to free speech!
This isn`t a new trend, but
it`s a growing one.
Today, no American can speak frankly about
orientation in the US and
Multiculturalism demands that every characteristic of any of
groups must be accepted uncritically or not mentioned at
It can happen here. Heaven help us—and
America—if it does.
him] is a California native
who recently fled the state because of over-immigration,
over-population and a rapidly deteriorating quality of life. He
has moved to Pittsburgh, PA where the air is clean and the
growth rate stable. A
long-time instructor in English at the Lodi Adult School,
Guzzardi has been writing a weekly column since 1988. It
currently appears in the