Friday, November 14, 2008

The Media's Impact on the Immigration Debate

A short while back, the Brookings Institution issued a report that deserves serious attention:  "The U.S. media have hindered effective policy making on immigration for decades, and their impact has been increasing in recent years as a result of an ongoing evolution in the media industry. Deeply ingrained practices in American journalism have produced a narrative that conditions the public to associate immigration with illegality, crisis, controversy and government failure. Meanwhile, new voices of advocacy on the media landscape have succeeded in mobilizing segments of the public in opposition to policy initiatives, sometimes by exaggerating the narrative of immigration told by traditional news organizations. The combined effect is to promote stalemate on an issue that is inherently difficult to resolve and that is likely to resurface on the public agenda when a new administration and a new Congress take office in January 2009."

The study examined how the media covered immigration going back to 1980, with a special focus on the immigration reform debates in 2006 and 2007.


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What is certain is that the so-called mainstream media is biased in favor of illegal immigration. The media does not inform its readers of the many costs of illegal immigration and almost never publishes stories on how unfair it is that an illegal alien from, let's say, Mexico, is able to jump the fence and live in the United States illegally, while an even more deserving alien, let's say from China or India or Africa, must wait his or her turn to immigrate to the United States legally. No wonder that readership and ownership values of newspapers like the Washington Post, New York Times and Los Angeles Times have fallen precipitously. Fair and balanced? Are you joking?

Posted by: Thomas Lillich | Nov 14, 2008 1:26:24 PM

And whp are you or anyone else to say that someone from China, India or Africa is more deserving than a Mexican worker?

Posted by: Porter M. Corn | Dec 27, 2008 6:31:40 AM

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