Miriam Jordan Wins VDARE.COM 2008 Worst Immigration Reporter Award!

VDARE.COM bestows its 2008
worst
immigration reporter
to the Wall
Street Journal`s

Miriam Jordan

That our Fifth Annual award goes to a
Wall Street
Journal
reporter is fitting. The WSJ,
 in the opinion of most,
publishes the most biased, tendentious immigration stories and
editorials of any

mainstream print newspaper
.


Jordan
is a reliable soldier
for the

Journal
in its never-ending war
against immigration patriots. The Journal`s mission is to
open up global borders for the purpose of bringing in the
cheapest labor available for its business-based readership.

Predictably, w:st="on">Jordan earned
her journalism wings at the
Columbia School
of Journalism
. If
Columbia

teaches fair and balanced reporting, it can`t be proven in a
review of any of
its
graduates` immigration stories
.

But before we get on with dissecting
Jordan
, let`s look back at some
of the 2008`s highlights…or should I say lowlights?

Our 2007 winner, the
New York
Times`
 Nina
Bernstein
, perhaps chastened by the
dubious distinction of our Worst Immigration reporter award,
wrote

a mere fifteen stories
about so-called immigrant plights.

Amazingly—or maybe not—nary a one of
Bernstein`s archive of 2007-2008 stories contained even a hint
of a single adverse effect of Open Borders. Bernstein`s two-year
tally—42 last year plus 17 this year—ended in an aggregate of 59
rah-rah stories versus zero that contained even a shred of an
immigration negative.

No matter how you slice it, Bernstein
commitment (and that of her several layers of editors) to
single-minded propaganda is staggering.

No wonder the
New York
Times
is bankrupt. When a company`s
major product—news in the Times case—is
twisted
to fit its own

narrow agenda
, people look elsewhere.

Another 2008 development was brought to our
attention by our faithful
North
Carolina Reader John J. Pershing
: an
astonishing first in immigration reporting ineptitude—the same
story published twice within three months about illegal alien
Moises Campos Palencio, written by the same reporter Jason
Hardin (e-mail
him) and accompanied by the same photograph!

Perhaps Hardin has started a trend. If so,
VDARE.COM will be obligated
to create another award to recognize what is either an
extraordinarily heavy-handed reportorial effort to portray
aliens sympathetically or such a lazy and sloppy approach to
one`s craft that immediate dismissal should be the appropriate
recourse.

Let`s get back to
Jordan
.

The
UCLA Anderson
School of Management
with its focus on
the "emerging global economy" advertises w:st="on">Jordan`s immigration stories as
coming from "a grassroots perspective."

Jordan and UCLA must define "Grassroots"
as meaning stories wherein the alien is cruelly oppressed by an w:st="on">America that is
too harsh on immigrants simply looking for the proverbial better
life.

Over time, w:st="on">Jordan, a
fifteen-year Journal veteran has compiled

a nauseating portfolio
of pro-immigration stories that are
all cut from the same pattern: illegal immigrants get a raw
deal.

Here are a few examples:

  • In 2004, w:st="on">Jordan
    wrote a sloppy, unprofessional piece bemoaning a proposed
    cut-back in w:st="on">Colorado and other
    states in illegal alien

    pre-natal care
    . Although she quotes some who favor
    restricting benefits—including the


    Center for Immigration Studies` Steven
    Camarota
    w:st="on">Jordan cites twice as many who
    favor sustaining subsidies to illegal aliens.

According to w:st="on">Jordan,
reductions in benefits to alien mothers: "has
sparked an outcry among medical workers and others
."


Maybe…but most
medical
care workers
would be the first to tell you that providing a
host of benefit to aliens has strained their hospitals, driven
some
emergency clinics
out of business and prevents decent care
from going to Americans.

In an unconvincing effort to make her point
that Americans are obligated to provide free medical assistance
to the entire world, w:st="on">Jordan writes that advocates: "…
point to studies showing that every dollar spent on prenatal
care saves $3 of postpartum care."

[Prenatal
Care Is Latest in State Services to Illegal Immigrants,

by Miriam Jordan, Wall Street Journal,
October 18, 2004
]

If you are interested
in the study`s name so you can do your own research, you`re out
of luck as far as the Wall
Street Journal
is concerned.
Jordan

doesn`t name it, but it`s a 22-year-old report from the w:st="on">Institute of Medicine
called



Preventing Low Birthweight,

The Los Angeles Times
has referred to this as an


"often cited" report
.
Of course, it`s "often
cited"
because it gives immigration enthusiasts the answer
they want to hear. A study on how much
more
money
could be saved by

deportation
would be
"rarely cited."

  • In 2007, Jordan co-authored a
    favorable story about a new

    Bank of America credit card
    program
    that:  "…
    is
    open to people who lack both a Social Security number and a
    credit history, as long as they have held a checking account
    with the bank for three months without an overdraft."

    [Illegal
    Immigrants Offered Credit Cards,
    by Miriam Jordan
    and Valerie Bauerline, Wall Street Journal, month="2" day="14" year="2007" w:st="on">February 14, 2007]

Jordon
wrote about a typical Mexican credit card applicant, Antonio
Sanchez, who had no social security number, no credit history
and whose only collateral was his

ten-year-old Ford
that he drove to his two
restaurant
jobs
. Sanchez earned $25,000 annually to provide for his
three children. Nevertheless,
Jordan

viewed the card as an excellent first step to help aliens
develop a credit history and also as an imaginative new business
tool for the

Bank of America.

Showing her
enthusiasm for the credit card program despite its meager
screening, w:st="on">Jordan quoted (painfully
in retrospect
) Liam McGee, the
Bank of
America`s
consumer and small-business banking chief:
"If we don`t disproportionately grow in the Hispanic
[market] . . . we aren`t going to grow" as a bank.


Listen
 to w:st="on">Jordan on
National
Public Radio
defend the Bank of America`s "pioneering"
effort to bring credit to "worthy undocumented borrowers"
who will "perform well" as credit card and home mortgage
holders.

Note that w:st="on">Jordan
predicts—100 percent incorrectly— that if alien borrowers
default on their credit obligations, the burden will not fall on
the taxpayers but on the Bank of America.

I`ve saved w:st="on">Jordan`s
"best"
for last.

  • In October, she wrote a preposterous story about Jose Luis
    Hernandez, an illegal alien vegetable chopper who had
    accumulated $100,000 but was bent out of shape because he
    couldn`t buy a house! [Mortgage
    Prospects Dim for Illegal Aliens,
    by Miriam Jordan,
    Wall Street Journal,
    October 22, 2008]

This was when the mortgage market had
entirely collapsed in large part because Hernandez`s fellow
illegal aliens had
gone
deadbeat
and vanished into the night!

In a story that is completely insensitive
to the real pain of honest, law-abiding Americans (like
me
) who are saddled with a house they cannot unload at any
price and who have been financially devastated by the
Minority
Mortgage Meltdown
—the promiscuous extension of
mortgages to illegal alien agricultural workers and others of
doubtful credit worthiness—Jordan has the audacity to lament the
loss of the

Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN)
as a

suitable substitute for a Social Security number
.


Jordan
goes on to suggest that

hatemongers
are behind the recent
decline in illegal alien lending. As Tim Sandos, a former
Citibank
employee (remember, you`re

bailing that bank out
), said according to
Jordan:
"I got hate mail, including death threats, from people
hostile to immigrant lending."

Poor Hernandez! Poor Citibank! Poor Sandos!

All of it is so sad!

Concludes w:st="on">Jordan:
"Meanwhile, Mr. Hernandez says he has no choice but to leave his
cash in money-market and savings accounts in two banks. `I have
a lot of money but I cannot invest it…` he says. `It`s
frustrating.`"

As usual, before we picked our winner, we
combed over many other worthy candidates.

And, less than a week ago, in what proved
to be a preview of our award,


James Fulford blogged

about another outrageous Jordon story with a ridiculous premise—Americans
are stealing jobs from illegal aliens
.

Here`s w:st="on">Jordan`s kicker
from that story, the closing line journalists use in their
stories to drive home their point:

"People [aliens]
are on their last hope."
[
U.
S. Workers Crowding Out Immigrant Laborers,
by Miriam
Jordan, Wall Street Journal, year="2008" w:st="on">December 20, 2008]

Jordan`s unapologetic pro-immigration
propaganda,  coupled with
her determination to ignore the ample evidence that

foolish lending
to
bad credit
risks
, many of them
illegal
aliens
, precipitated
America`s
financial crisis
made her our easy 2008 winner.

(e-mail
Jordan).

Joe
[email
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


Lodi News-Sentinel.