CBS` 60 Minutes Hangs Tough On Dispossessing Americans
My January 13 VDARE.COM
“CBS` 60 Minutes Fires First Shot in New H-1B
Battle” set off a barrage of e-mail.
The 60 Minutes show,
“Imported from India,” was hosted by an adoring Lesley
She fell hook, line and sinker for the PR pap advanced by
Indian Institute of Technology and its shills.
In what was essentially an
nary a word was spoken on behalf of
American engineers, American universities or American
workers who have been and will continue to be
displaced by IIT graduates and other
H-1B visa holders. Immigration reformer
Rob Sanchez, publisher of
www.zazona.com referred to Stahl in his
newsletter as an “IIT frat girl.”
After VDARE.COM posted my highly
critical essay, irate IIT graduates sent me arrogant,
self-congratulatory notes. Some mail was nasty. The
subject line in one e-mail read, “The middle finger
from an IITian.” Several accused me of “xenophobic hostility.“
Later that week, just as the flurry
died down, Rome Hartman, the producer of “Imported from
India” emailed me. Hartman, who acknowledged getting
swamped with mail wanted “to set the record straight.”
Referring to my harsh assessment in
VDARE.COM, Hartman insisted that 60 Minutes had
done a professional story.
our homework on this story. We were not somehow `snowed`
into doing a `puff piece,` as some comments have
suggested. IIT is a distinctive educational
institution, by any measure, and its graduates have
accomplished much, in India and abroad. It`s worthy of
note, and we took note of it. It isfar more
selective than the most selective U.S. universities; it
does occupy a lofty position in the Indian
imagination. IIT graduates have made important
and creative contributions to the U.S. tech sector, and
to our economy. These are facts. We did not `diss`
American universities, students, or professionals simply
because we recognized the excellence of an institution
halfway around the world, and of its graduates. To level
that charge at us betrays a narrow view of the world, and
a broad-brush resentment that is neither constructive nor
I asked Hartman if I could have
Professor Norm Matloff of the University of
California at Davis respond. Matloff, a computer
scientist, has been
by Peter Brimelow as `one of the leading figures in the
immigration reform movement.”
In his reply to Hartman, Matloff
introduced himself as a
liberal Democrat and an immigrant`s rights advocate.
He further identified himself as one who has recruited
students from IIT.
Then Matloff stated that the IIT
curriculum and faculty are “good” rather than “great.”
And he challenged Hartman`s often-repeated statement that
IIT H-1Bs are paid at market rates.
To conclude, Matloff charged that
CBS was guilty of journalistic irresponsibility. Where,
asked Matloff, were the dissenting voices?
And Matloff strongly urged that,
with H-1B visa legislation scheduled to sunset this year,
60 Minutes do a story on the impact of 195,000
H-1B visas issued annually in an economy when American
programmers have been fired.
“This is a very serious problem,
one that it is high time for 60 Minutes to
revisit,” wrote Matloff, referring to the quite good
1993 60 Minutes H-1B segment
“North of the Border.” (Hartman: “We did that
Matloff sent his e-mail on January
25th. 60 Minutes rebroadcast “Imported
from India,” on March 2. I sent the message a second
Finally, on March 11th, I
received a reply. In short, 60 Minutes isn`t
Reiterated Hartman, 60 Minutes is “proud” of the
story, was not influenced by any public relations
campaign, did not disrespect American students or
universities – but only recognized the “extraordinary”
place that IIT occupies in Indian society and imagination
Hartman`s response didn`t
acknowledge of the lack of balance and held out no
promise of a story from the U.S. worker`s perspective.
Worse, his note did not indicate the least interest in
pursuing the other side.
All of this is disappointing but not
surprising. Once again, concerned Americans with
reasonable and valid views are ignored. This is how our
foes in the media elite deal with us: they ignore us.
Instead of going toe to toe on the
facts, or at least being fair and balanced, the media
proceeds as though it holds the high ground and dismisses
criticism without further ado.
Is it any wonder that the public
holds the media in such disdain?
Joe Guzzardi [email
him], an instructor in English at the Lodi
Adult School, has been writing a weekly newspaper column
since 1988. This column is exclusive to VDARE.COM.