The VDARE.COM policy
regarding the New York Times is well
defined: when we get our
shots, we take them.
The Times has been
arrogant and unbending toward immigration reformers
for years. [Peter
Brimelow says: ah, the Wall Street Journal
whenever we can humiliate the once great New York
Times—and that is today`s mission—then let the fun
Recently, the Gray Lady has reeled
from one scandalous journalistic failure to another.
Jayson Blair incident rolls on. In an interview
New York Observer, Blair revealed more ugly stuff
about his character that makes you wonder how the
Times stood by him for so long.
- Pulitzer Prize winner
quit following a heated dispute with Executive
Editor Howell Raines about his failure to attribute
work done by a stringer, J. Wes Yoder on a June 2002
story “An Oyster and a Way of Life, Both at Risk.” [Pay
- Another Pulitzer Prize
winner, Maureen Dowd, is under
internal investigation for possibly
misrepresenting a portion of a George Bush speech
suit her own purposes in her May 2003 column
- In a
flap unrelated to journalism but still delivering the
Times a black-eye, reporter Chris Hedges gave a
rambling commencement speech at Rockford College in
Illinois that was vehemently
anti-Bush, anti-Iraq War. After the crowd booed and
hissed Hedges with some of the irate storming the
stage, the mike was finally cut.
latest New York Times disgrace, which VDARE.COM
reveals today, is how unethically it handled a sensitive
reporting assignment about impact of the H-1B/L-1 visas
on American workers.
story, titled “Special
Visa`s Use for Tech Workers is Challenged,” (May 30)
was written by Katie Hafner and an intern from Dartmouth
College, Daniel Preysman.
Preysman is not just any intern. His father, Vladimir
Preysman, is the C.E.O. of
Datasweep, a San Jose-based company that employs,
according to the
database Rob Sanchez maintains at
www.zazona.com, eight H-1B visa holders. Their
salaries range from $55,000 to $100,000.
not all about Daniel Preysman. By plugging
“Preysman family Daniel” into Google, I learned that
the aspiring journalist is the
beneficiary of a trust set up from an Oni Systems
Corp stock sale. Sources suggest that Oni Systems at one
time employed Daniel`s mother, Irene.
Oni Systems uses plenty of H-1Bs.
The company applied for 135 Labor Condition Applications
(LCAs) for software engineers at $60,000 a piece, a
salary well below existing market levels.
If you guessed that there is little
likelihood of fair reporting about H-1B issues from an
inexperienced intern whose family has a
vested interest keeping the visas rolling, then you
are correct. The story`s thrust is clearly exculpatory.
When I called University of
California at Davis
Professor Norm Matloff—a leading
critic of the
H-1B visa program—he said, “One would think that
one does not assign a story about a controversial
hiring practice to the son of one of the CEO of a
software company, especially in wake of the recent ethics
scandals at the Times. Yet that is exactly what
the Times did.”
Matloff found the story sadly
misleading. For example, regarding the “legality” of
staffing American companies with H-1B visa holders,
Hafner and Preysman wrote:
legal questions, however, remain murky. Steve Yale-Loehr,
who teaches immigration law at Cornell, said that
strictly speaking, what these companies are doing is
legal, though perhaps not what Congress intended.
However, Mr. Yale-Loehr added, `If Congress is upset
about this, then Congress will act on it.“
Yale-Loehr is also an active H-1B
lobbyist who has presented testimony to Congress on
behalf of the
American Immigration Lawyer`s Association. He
knows—better than anyone—that the AILA
heavily influences Congress to increase the
number of visas issued annually.
Hafner and Preysman love to quote
immigration lawyers. Thus Daryl Buffenstein, [send him
email] general counsel for the American
Immigration Lawyers Association is allowed to claim
” Even if this brouhaha
[American worker job loss] is about a real
problem, I think when you look at the number of workers
involved, it is a totally insignificant drop in a massive
This is an outrageous and unsupportable statement.
Anyone who watches
CNN Moneyline with Lou Dobbs knows better:
I wanted ask the New York Times editors about the
wisdom of assigning a delicate story to an inexperienced
reporter whose family has profited by using H-1B visa
But efforts to reach them failed—as such efforts
Although I wasn`t able to reach the Times, the
newspaper has left no doubts about its enthusiasm for the
H-1B visa with a June 1st Op-ed (“Why Ban Offshore
Services?” by Arjun Saxena and Douglas Lavin) and a
from Visas Now Train Americans” by Anthony De
Saxena and Lavin are
Inductis , a multinational (offices in
New York, New Jersey, and New Delhi) company which
specializes in “matching demand for labor with
supply on a global scale.” Moving American jobs
overseas, that is.
Matloff described the Op-ed as written by two
“industry people with a blatant vested interest.” And
the story, according to Matloff, represents “industry
lobbyists basically getting a free political
advertisement in the Times that masquerades as a
failure to report professionally is no surprise.
Officially, the Times has standards. See the
“New York Times: Code of Conduct":
avoid such conflicts, staff members may not write about,
edit material about or make news judgments about people
to whom they are related by blood or marriage or with
whom they have close personal relationships.”
But unofficially, the Times does what it wants.
And that includes letting family shills co-author
important news stories that affect the lives of
wage earning Americans.
The Preysman matter may represent a new low for the
New York Times.
And that, given what has gone on lately, is quite a
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.