Media: July 2011 Archives



Hilarious Fox & Friends comic through Daily Kos from August Pollak. Fox & Friends is easily one of the most nativist television shows on the air. Recently, I thought they finally aired a more neutral segment on Jose Antonio Vargas only to find out later that they followed up the segment by holding up Vargas as the perfect case for E-[Sc]arify. Media Matters has been doing an excellent job of chronicling their nativism.
Centro Presente through the National Association of Latin American and Caribbean Communities (NALACC) Somos/We Are Initiative is asking Boston's local NPR Affiliate, WBUR to Drop The I-Word. Here's an email I just received:

Send an email to Dave Shaw WBUR News Editor
daveshaw@bu.edu
or call the newsroom: (617) 353-0770


Dear Mr. Shaw,

My name is __________ I listen to WBUR radio and I support the SOMOS/WE ARE initiative promoted by NALACC and recognize that immigrants of today represent an invaluable asset for the wellbeing and progress of the United States of America.

PLEASE desist in the use of the word "illegal" in your reporting to describe undocumented immigrants, because only things and actions are illegal. Human beings are not. Thank you so much for your attention!

The nativists that make up the editorial board of the Boston Herald have spoken. Predictably, the shock jocks at FM 96.9 Boston Talks and AM 680 WRKO will follow. Surprisingly FOX 25 in Boston was relatively balanced, though I won't be surprised if the quote they got out of Mayor Menino gets blown out of proportion. Of course, Jessica Vaughan and Mark Krikorian of the Center for Immigration Studies have also been out in full force against Menino, but I will not link to them because of their association with and refusal to stand against their founder, white supremacist John Tanton.

I'm sure this pattern gets repeated all across the U.S. on a variety of local issues. Unfortunately for those of us trying to build the pro-migrant movement at the local level these nativists echo chambers have been built up over decades, and it will take some time for us to counter them listener for listener, eyeball for eyeball. In the meantime we just have to be targetted, intentional, and efficient at what we do.
Following the revelations of Maria Sacchetti's article in the Sunday Globe, columnist Adrian Walker is standing with the growing chorus of voices asking Boston to terminate it's S-Comm program now. If you haven't signed my petition, yet, please do so.