More Sob Stuff From Big Media

In May, I was
asked to

address
a local chapter of the

National Federation of Republican Women
. My
topic was the implications of 10 million illegal
aliens living in the U.S. in a post-9/11
environment.

When I segued into the
portion of my speech that analyzed how the

media deals with illegal immigration
, the audience–
without any prompting – hooted and hissed at the mere
mention of the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco
Chronicle
et al.

I wondered how their
publishers and editors would have reacted if they had
heard this professional, well-informed audience laughing
so derisively.

A recent

Harris Poll
ranked journalists with a dismally low
13% approval rating. Only

lawyers
scored lower.

Let me suggest one reason
for journalists` pathetic showing:

how they cover immigration.

And let me suggest an
outstanding example of prostituted professional
standards: the September 29-October 7 Los Angeles
Times
saga,

“Enrique`s Journey”
.  

In a six-”chapter” story -
offered to readers in both English and Spanish -
reporter Sonia Nazario told the tale of a 16 year-old
Honduran boy, Enrique, and his trek to the U.S. in
search of his mother, Lourdes. She had left Enrique over
a decade earlier when she set off for a “better life” as
an illegal alien in the U.S. The special skills Lourdes
brought to the U.S.:  experienced street vendor of gum
and cigarettes. Eleven years later, her son is fully
qualified as a dropout and drug-abuser.


“Enrique`s Journey”
is tendentious journalism at its
apex. In case you wonder about the story`s drift, look
no further than the Chapter subtitles:

“A Boy Seeks Mercy,”
  “Inspired
by Faith,
” “Mother`s
Day
,” “Puffs
of Clouds
,” and so on.
“Enrique`s Journey” can only
be tolerated if you assume, as Nazario and

Vicente Fox
do, that illegal immigrants are heroes.

But “Enrique`s Journey”
does offer inadvertent insights (never developed) into
how

Mexico treats its illegal immigrants
. When Enrique
reaches Chiapas, he is advised not to take buses. Since
buses pass through nine permanent

immigration checkpoints
, illegals will be
discovered, summarily kicked off the bus and

thrown back over the southern border
. During that
process, writes Nazario, the alien may be beaten, robbed
or

raped
.

If you notice dramatic
differences between Mexico`s treatment of illegal aliens
and the U.S.`s welcome mat, you are more perceptive than
Nazario.

Nazario can hardly contain
her delight at the final outcome of Enrique`s trip
north. Through “God`s help and guidance,” and spurred on
by the reminder that

“Jesus was an immigrant,”
and, most importantly
through the services of a

coyote
demanding $1,700 Enrique is reunited in North
Carolina with his mother.

In no time, Enrique will
be doing a job Americans refuse to do—paint houses.

The sappiest moment is,
however, at the end.  During a phone call back to
Honduras, Enrique learns that his girl friend, Maria
Isabel, has just given birth to his daughter, Katherine
Jasmine!

Enrique and Maria Isabel
immediately map out their plans – which hinge on further
violations of U. S. law.  Maria Isabel will hire a
coyote to bring her to the U.S. The child, like Enrique
before her,

will be left behind.

Even though the Times
offers

“Notes on Sources
” at the end of the series, you
must take on good faith all that Nazario writes. That`s
because the Times has stretched the definition of
a source beyond your wildest imagination. As sources,
the Times

offers you
Lourdes confirming what she herself said,
Enrique verifying his own words and actions, Enrique`s
grandmother Maria reiterating what Enrique said and did
after Lourdes left town.

Conspicuously missing from
“Enrique`s Journey” are sources that would result in a
fair and balanced story about an illegal alien`s
adventures—

NumbersUSA.com
,

Center for Immigration Studies

or

American Patrol
.

I have no doubt that the
Los Angeles Times and Nazario had the Pulitzer
Prize in mind when they crafted this tedious,
predictable pap.

But maybe they should take
note of what happened to the New York Times in
June 1999.

An eerily similar June 28
1999 New York Times story, entitled
Seeking
Father, a Boy Makes a 3,200 Mile Odyssey,
” dominated
newspapers and TV network news. According to the Times,
a 13 year-old Honduran boy,

Edwin Sabillon
, left his village after his mother
and sister died in a hurricane. He had $24, three
cookies and some clothes when he set out to meet his
father at La Guardia Airport.

Passed along by the same
cast of “helpful strangers” and “coyotes,” Edwin
successfully crossed three borders and was joyously
reunited with his father.

The heart-warming story
turned out to be a greater fiction than “Little Red
Riding Hood.”  Edwin`s mother was still alive. But his
father had died – of AIDS. Before arriving in New York,
Edwin had flown to Miami to spend time with relatives.
The New York Times sheepishly revealed the truth
on June 30 in a story titled “A
Boy`s Tale Mostly Fiction”
by Susan Sachs.

Nevertheless, amazingly,
the New York Times pressed on with dopey
follow-ups: on July 1st,

“Hard Hearts Softened by a Boy`s Tale”
by John
Tierney and again on July 5th,

“Fanciful Tale Wins over Hard-Hearted City
” by
Felicity Barringer.

Its headline writers
somehow preferred the euphemism “tale” to “pack of
lies.”

Anyone with an ounce of
sense would have been highly skeptical of Edwin`s “tale”
from the get-go. But the New York Times has an
agenda. Hence it persisted – because the story
reflected, according to the Times, “the plucky
virtues of immigrants.”

New York Times
editor Joyce Purnick
said: “I don`t see this as a black eye for the media.”
And Arthur Browne, Purnick`s cross-town counterpart at
the New York Daily News—which had also hyped
Edwin`s fabrication—said,

In the end, this was not an error that causes any
harm. If anything it is a misdemeanor of the heart.”

For a complete account of
how the foolish, gullible and willful New York Times
and the Daily News handled the controversy, read
William McGowan`s incisive book

Coloring the News.

Purnick`s protestations
aside, the incident was obviously an enormous black eye
for the Establishment Media.

And, despite Browne`s
protestations, these sob sagas do cause profound harm.

We Americans have “plucky
virtues,” too. We believe in the rule of law, in
protecting our heritage and language, in providing good
jobs at decent wages for our fellow Americans. We
further believe in a decent public education for
American kids and medical care for our American needy.
And we believe in protecting our American wide-open
spaces. All these values and aspirations have been
undermined by the relentless flow of illegal aliens -
and by Big Media`s glorification of them.

My advice to the reporters
and editors of the Los Angeles Times, the New
York Times
and similar

propaganda machines:
Kindly use proper channels for
your advocacy of open borders. Go to Washington, D.C.
and lobby there.

Please do not use news
stories as a bully pulpit to forward your own misguided
agenda. Confine that advocacy – revolting though it is -
to your editorial pages.

Postcript:

Last week, New York
Times
reporter Nick Madigan`s October 29 story,

“Police Investigate Killings of Illegal Immigrants in
Arizona Desert”
claimed that “armed vigilantes, self
appointed

guardians
of the border with Mexico” were

under investigation by the police
for their possible
involvement in the shooting death of two illegal
immigrants.

Named in the story,
written with the most sinister possible overtones, were
American Patrol`s Glenn Spencer and Ranch Rescue`s

Roger Barnett
. (For Spencer`s comments on this
absurd, agenda-driven account, click

here.

While the Times had
no hesitation to point the finger at Spencer and Barnett
—without a shred of evidence— it could not bring itself
to report any of the

facts
in the shooting death of 28-year-old National
Park Service

Ranger Kris Eggle,
killed by one of three Mexican
national criminals he was pursuing in

southern Arizona

Obviously, the senseless
murder of Eggle—a decent, all-around good guy,

loved and admired
by his friends and family—by
Mexican

drug dealers and smugglers
does not fit the
Times`


definition
of “All the News That`s

Fit To Print.

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.