Rare crit­i­cism

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“It is rare for a main­stream me­dia jour­nal­ist to openly crit­i­cize the me­dia’s cov­er­age of a par­tic­u­lar is­sue. But that is ex­actly what CNN’s Lou Dobbs did on [the May 1 edi­tion of] ‘Amer­i­can Morn­ing.’ In an in­ter­view with co-host Ki­ran Chetry, Dobbs blasted the me­dia’s cov­er­age of il­le­gal im­mi­gra­tion, say­ing ‘They’re sell­ing an agenda. And they’re not ap­ply­ing crit­i­cal judg­ment. And crit­i­cal judg­ment and skep­ti­cism is our job as jour­nal­ists. We’re talk­ing about com­pre­hen­sive im­mi­gra­tion leg­is­la­tion as re­form. We’re us­ing the word “re­form” as if it were true. There’s no skep­ti­cism.’

“Dobbs’s in­ter­view was part of ‘Amer­i­can Morn­ing’s’ cov­er­age of pro-il­le­gal im­mi­gra­tion ral­lies on May Day, the tra­di­tional so­cial­ist work­ers’ hol­i­day. When asked if any progress had been made in the past year con­cern­ing il­le­gal im­mi­gra­tion, Dobbs said that ‘we’re mak­ing, at the mar­gin, progress, but it’s at the mar­gin,’ and that there was some bet­ter en­force­ment at the border. He then crit­i­cized one of the con­gres­sional im­mi­gra­tion re­form pro­pos­als, the Flake-Gu­tier­rez im­mi­gra­tion bill, call­ing it ‘an ab­sur­dity.’ ”

Matthew Balan, writ­ing on “Lou Dobbs At­tacks Me­dia Cov­er­age of Il­le­gal Im­mi­gra­tion,” May 1 at NewsBusters.org

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