Sunday, April 30, 2006

Self Censorship on Illegal Immigration

It is obvious that the press does now want to address the issue of illegal immigration in an evenhanded manner. Take this AP article on the labor boycott scheduled for tomorrow.

Scope of immigrant work boycott unclear


NEW YORK -- Now that immigrants have grabbed the nation's attention, what next?
Monday has been set aside for immigrants to boycott work, school and shopping to show how much they matter to their communities. But with some growing tired of street protests, and others afraid they'll be deported or fired for walking out, people are planning to support the effort in myriad ways.

The article refers to immigrants or immigration 18 times, but only once uses the adjective that states what the issue is really about, "illegal" immigrants, and that is only in referring to the "Opponents of illegal immigration", the Minutemen. The press will claim that they are just trying to be neutral and sensitive, but in this Orwellian newspeak which avoids calling something what it is, they are in fact taking a side.