Key Fact Obscured in Immigration Coverage: MS-13 Was Made in USA

David Frum (Atlantic, 6/20/18) rejects the “extremism” of holding the US responsible for creating the conditions that force mass migration. In a piece for the Atlantic (6/20/18), former George W. Bush speechwriter David Frum countered statements by MSNBC’s Chris Hayes, in which Hayes described a harrowing first-person account of a mother forcibly separated from her child at the US/Mexico border as reading like “the literature of a totalitarian government”: As Hayes elaborates his horror at the separation of mother from child, he seems to arrive at a conclusion that there…

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Chuck Schumer’s Actions on the National Stage Get Little Scrutiny From His Local Press

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer seldom faces scrutiny from New York City’s reputedly tough press. In the recent flare-up over “civility,” the leading Democrat in the Senate attacked Rep. Maxine Waters’ call for public confrontation with Trump administration officials as “not American.” Many activists in Brooklyn, Chuck Schumer’s home, were upset by the McCarthyite smear. Yet while the right-wing New York Post praised his stance towards Waters (6/26/18), New York’s senior senator faced little criticism in the local press for it. For such a powerful figure, Schumer gets relatively scant…

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Calls to Abolish ICE Get Cold Shoulder on Newspaper Opinion Pages

The Washington Post (7/5/18) tells activists they’re doing outrage wrong. “Abolish ICE,” once a rallying cry for a small number of leftists and activists, has become a national slogan of dissent against the Trump administration and policies that target Latino communities. Tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets in cities across the US to call for an end to family separation, detention and deportation. Despite this, corporate media decided to push the status quo—or at least a version of it without Trump as commander-in-chief. Of the 90…

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Sam Husseini Locked Up for Committing Journalism in Public

The questions Sam Husseini tried to ask (The Nation, 7/17/18). Journalist and FAIR associate Sam Husseini went to the Trump/Putin press conference in Helsinki with press credentials from The Nation and a couple of questions. Specifically, he wanted to ask both leaders why they aren’t living up to their commitments under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, and why they’re blocking the Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. Further, based on the idea that there may be no greater threat than a weapon that is unacknowledged, Husseini hoped to ask Trump…

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Andrew Pulrang on Disability and the Election

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Email Hacking Was ‘Pearl Harbor,’ Helsinki Presidency’s ‘New Low’: Welcome to the United States of Amnesia

In 1996, interfering in other countries’ elections was considered something to brag about (Time, 7/15/96). The media maelstrom around the Helsinki meeting between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin obscures at least one point of view: that it’s possible to believe that Russia intervened in the 2016 election on behalf of Trump without thinking that this is remotely comparable to Pearl Harbor, as Politico (7/16/18) declared, or “the worst attack on America since 9/11,” as a Washington Post headline (2/18/18) claimed earlier this year. Not saying it doesn’t make it less…

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Action Alert: Tell NYT Not to Present Center-Right as ‘Left’

The New York Times (7/17/18) brings you the views of the whole political spectrum–as defined by the New York Times. The New York Times, despite its above-the-fray self-image, is one of most overtly ideological institutions on earth. Its primary editorial purpose—as laid out by its own opinion page editor earlier this year (James Bennett: “We are in favor of capitalism”—FAIR.org, 3/1/18)—is to defend the unimpeachable virtues of capitalism. As such, whoever the Times holds up as “the left”—in its sourcing and in its hiring practices (FAIR.org, 4/20/17)—has to first and…

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‘We Point to the Need to Decriminalize Migration’

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Haitian ‘Mobs’ and ‘Mayhem’—or an Uprising?

The San Diego Union-Tribune (7/10/18) reported the Haitian uprising as an incident in a young white American golfer’s life. Haiti: “riots” and “vandalized shops” (NPR, 7/15/18), “mayhem” in the streets (Portland Press Herald, 7/9/18), “mobs” (San Diego Union-Tribune, 7/10/18). Those were the catchphrases in much of the US media coverage of the sometimes violent response to the government’s plans to remove subsidies for gas, kerosene and diesel in order to qualify for a $300 million loan from the International Monetary Fund earlier this month. (Seven people were allegedly killed, dozens…

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Child Separation Coverage Focused on Beltway Debate, Not Immigrant Voices

CBS Evening News (6/19/18) interviewed Republican Senator Orrin Hatch as one of its many government sources. The Trump administration in April began enforcing a “zero-tolerance” immigration policy that has resulted in thousands of immigrant children being separated from their families. On June 18, ProPublica released an audio recording from inside a Border Patrol detention facility; children separated from parents and family members could be heard crying in the background, while a six-year-old girl from El Salvador begged for someone to let her call her aunt. The recording reminded the public…

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