At long last, indications of awareness have emerged
the Mainstream Media
When the Fox News Dallas affiliate, KFDW [email
Hispanic Broadcast Journalist of the Year Rebecca
Aguilar for her
with 70-year-old James Walton,
during which she ran roughshod over her elderly subject who had
just killed his second burglar in three weeks, it
showed—finally!—an understanding that
cannot be ignored forever.
And, in a related bright spot, the
Dallas Morning News
, a long time
all things Hispanic,
surprisingly defended KFDW`s action.
In its editorial on Aguilar`s attack on Walton, the
began with this peculiar sentence:"Anyone who doubts journalists` decency and good sense
need only to have seen Fox 4`s Rebecca Aguilar in action this
week to have their worst impressions confirmed."
You A Trigger-Happy Kind of Person
, Editorial, Dallas
, October 20, 2007]
I call the sentence peculiar because
it is not "anyone who doubts journalists` decency and good
" but instead it is "everyone
" who doubts.
When you think about it, losing the
confidence of readers and listeners nationwide and replacing it
with universal disdain and disgust is no easy feat.
But that`s what`s happened.
Two analysts noted in reference to
the e-mails they received that: "…pretty much all of them are
: "brain dead wench
," and "reprehensible
," "filthy, filthy
," "hatchet job
," and "disgusting
Some might say that it is wrong to
make too much of an isolated incident. And that blogs are well
known for their rude, crude language.
But I`ll suggest to you that the
words and phrases leveled at Aguilar could easily be applied to
who steadfastly refuse to write fairly about
And as far as "hatchet job
goes, we at
have been on the short end of that many times.
For a specific example from my 2003
gubernatorial campaign, read
by the Sacramento Bee`s
Eric Stern. [Email
Although the Aguilar incident may not
involve an immigration issue, it provides a good look at what`s
going on in today`s newsroom.
offers substantial clues about what agenda, in
this era of twisted journalism, she would promote. And it could
have served as a warning to Fox News about what they would get
when they hired her: not a reporter, but an advocate.
Aguilar grew up in Ohio but spent a
substantial amount of time in Mexico. Her father organized the
local United Auto Workers and in his spare time hosted a radio
show that featured Tex-Mex music.
But, according to Aguilar,
"Although his radio program was just supposed to be music, he
would plug his rallies and issues on the radio.
Aguilar learned her interviewing techniques from her father who
pretended to be a disc jockey but pushed socialism on the side.
Aguilar`s mother, a field worker,
spoke no English. Eventually the Aguilars "took up another
issue, working to improve the
pay and living conditions of
None of Aguilar`s family history is
necessarily bad—it just shouldn`t be the dominant influence in
her journalism. Hispanic reporters are not entitled to
special standards or looser ethical
codes than others.
The type of agenda-driven journalism
Aguilar displayed is
to those of us dedicated to patriotic
VDARE.COM has written extensively
about skewed immigration coverage of the nation`s three most
slanted newspapers, the
New York Times
Los Angeles Times,
Wall Street Journal.
comes in a close fourth.
We have thoroughly exposed all four
as unabashed liars—no other word describes it—on immigration
I`ve shared with VDARE.COM readers my
personal experiences—all of them negative—with the
Society of Professional Journalists
Columbia School of Journalism
American Society of Newspaper Editors
Committee for Concerned Journalists
These organizations pretend to police
the media but in fact need policing themselves.
I mocked the
National Hispanic Association of Journalists
] which foolishly supported Aguilar. The organization`s
original error was naming Aguilar "Broadcast
Journalist of the Year
" two weeks before KFDW suspended
The NHAJ, by its own admission, has nothing to do with
journalism. The organization exists, according to its
: "To foster and promote a fair treatment of
Hispanics by the media and to further the employment and career
development of Hispanics in the media.
I`ve singled out the worst of the
terrible reporters and note, with great satisfaction, that many
of them no longer practice their trade.
Among those that I have taken to the
journalism woodshed: Sacramento Bee`s
Diana Griego Erwin
her editor, Bee
Senior Vice President and former ASNE
("resigned to pursue other opportunities"
), and the
Also gone is Los Angeles Times
Mexican-born editorial page editor
, who was appointed in 2004 with great
fanfare but who quit in a hissy-fit over suggestions that a
romantic relationship had influenced his professional judgment [Los
Angeles Times Editorial Page Chief Quits,
Q. Seelye, New York Times
, March 23, 2007]
Others found guilty by me of
tendentious journalism: Los Angeles Times
Exposed but still hanging on to their
jobs are Newsday`s
Mae Cheng and Bart Jones
, the Newark Star Ledger`s
Jennifer Weiss, NPR
contributor and winner of
VDARE.COM`s 2002 "most nauseating
and the San Diego Union-Tribune`s
We know that none of the departed
journalists were given their walking papers because of their
immigration enthusiasm…exactly. But when push came to shove,
their bias—and the public`s reaction to it— certainly didn`t
My perception is that, as national
awareness about the immigration crisis has risen, reporting on
immigration has become less objective—thus giving readers the
exact opposite of what they want and expect from a major news
That contradiction has hastened the
media`s fall from grace.
The plunge is precipitous.
According to a recent
Poynter Institute Study
, trust in the media, newspaper
circulation and readership have been in steep decline for two
decades…roughly the time when the
1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act
Some of Poynter`s findings:
- Ranked by "believability,"
the aforementioned New York Times and Wall Street
scored 50 percent. The highest ranked news outlet is
CNN with 62 percent.
- Many fewer Americans
read a newspaper than at any other time in history.
If you connect the dots,
bad immigration journalism
is a key factor in the Mainstream
Media`s death rattle.
Needless to say, you will never get
newspaper executives to admit this.
But I have evidence on my side—and
they`ve got nothing.
Perhaps KFDW and the Morning News
are indications of better things to come. When you look at
it, the media has nothing to lose and everything to gain by
writing responsibly about immigration.
Reporters like Aguilar et al are
either completely dispensable or can be replaced in ten seconds.
But once the MSM`s
readers are gone,
they`re gone for good.Joe Guzzardi [e-mail
him] is the Editor of VDARE.COM Letters to the Editor.
In addition, he is an English teacher at the Lodi Adult School and has
a weekly newspaper column since 1988. This column is exclusive