How And Why The L.A. Times Is Biased On Illegal Immigration
Today's edition of the L.A. Times illustrates vividly how biased the paper is in favor of illegal aliens, and why. The bias appears in the stories, and the financial motivation for the bias appears in the classified ads. Here's a review:
1. "Immigration debate puts up a wall in the GOP."
This story, on page one, above the fold, is ostensibly about how some Republicans support the immigration legislation before Congress, and others oppose it. Conspicuous by its omission from the story, however, is any mention of how that legislation could affect our nation's finances or culture. Instead, the author implies that anyone who opposes the legislation must be racist and conservative:
-- ". . . it angers the GOP's mostly white base. . ."
-- ". . . provisions that anger many conservatives . . . ."
-- ". . . we will no longer be a national party if we try to define it as a white male, cul-de-sac, gated-community party."
-- "We lost a lot of white males. . . ."
The message is that only racist conservative white males support enforcement of the laws already on the books, the laws passed by the United States Congress.
2. "Cornerstone puts the immigration issue center stage."
This article, which appears on page one of the "Arts & Music" section, reports on a play to be presented at the Armory Northwest in Pasadena, by a man named Garces, called "Los Illegals." You can pretty much guess the slant of the play. Do you think this play, by this small theater group, would get this much coverage if their play was on a different subject, or took the opposite position? Me, neither.
3. "Family crossed the border to success."
The article appears on page one, above the fold, in the "California" section. Written by Steve Lopez, it's yet another apology for illegal immigration: "It's fair to ask questions about the cost of educating illegal immigrants and treating the sick, and about their impact on the legal labor force. But I know that if my family were starving in a country with an incompetent and corrupt government, and my children might have a better future across the border, I'd do what I had to do." Well then, that makes it all right, doesn't it? Indeed, why have immigration laws at all?
4. "The next Americans - Immigrants don't destroy our national identity, they renew it."
This essay covered all of page one of the "Opinion" section, and was written by Tomas Jimenez. He refers to "an estimated 12 million unauthorized immigrants." Unauthorized?! (Is a shoplifter an "unauthorized shopper?") Jimenez also makes the following claim about the language issue:
"The growth of non-English speaking immigrant populations, particularly those that speak Spanish, and the explosive rise in commercial services and media that cater to them have led commentators such as Pat Buchanan to pronounce the coming of a polyglot society. But nothing appears to be further from the truth."
Oh really? Then consider the next item in the paper:
5. "Hoy" Classified Ads
In the "Career Builder" portion of the classified ads, there are six huge ads -- three columns wide and maybe six to ten inches high -- for jobs at Hoy. What is “Hoy?” The L.A. Times describes it thus: “Hoy Newspaper, a Tribune and Los Angeles Times Media Group Company company, is a Spanish language daily providing the Hispanic perspective from front-page news to entertainment updates.” In other words, it’s just like the L.A. Times, but in Spanish.
Hoy needs a Subject Editor, an Assistant Subject Editor, an Internet Manager, a Marketing Assistant, a Supervisor for sales, and a Telephone Sales Representative. Every single position requires, of course, that an applicant "have excellent oral and written English and Spanish language skills." Job-seekers can apply at the L.A. Times website, and, in some cases, can directly e-mail a person with an L.A. Times e-mail account.
How much income do you suppose the Tribune company would lose if all the illegal aliens in the U.S. were deported? According to a report in October 2006, weekend circulation for Hoy in Los Angeles was 300,000. It’s also published in Chicago and, until recently, New York. Oh, but that's so crass of me, isn't it? I'm sure they don't care about money. They only care about what's best for our country.