Now and then I see or read about something that seems too trivial for a post, but it gnaws on me and torments me, and I worry that, like Lewis Black’s famous over-heard “if it wasn’t for my horse, I wouldn’t have spent that year in college,” it will fester and eventually kill me.
I’m going to launch a new category for these things, the Popeye, in honor of the gruff spinach-eating sailor’s quote that signaled a fight was coming, “That’s all I can stands, cuz I can’t stands no more!”
This morning, while reading this story by Times reporters Glenn Thrush and Maggie Haberman about the President gratuitously attacking his own Attorney General, I read this sentence…
“But even if Mr. Sessions remains in his job, the relationship between him and Mr. Trump — the Alabama lawyer and the Queens real estate developer, an odd couple bound by a shared conviction that illegal immigration is destroying America — is unlikely to ever be the same, according to a half-dozen people close to Mr. Trump.”
Wait—when did Sessions or the President express the “conviction” that ” illegal immigration is destroying America”? I googled the phrase. Few references came up, but over half of those that weren’t quotes of this article came from pro-illegal immigrant sources, as their exaggerated characterization of what illegal immigration critics say or think. It is a false representation, explicitly designed to make such critics appear hysterical and foolish.
They are not hysterical or foolish. They are correct. Critics say that illegal immigration is bad, because it is bad, by definition. They say that not enforcing the law is wrong, irresponsible and dangerous, because it is wrong, irresponsible and dangerous. They say not controlling our borders is a demonstrably insane policy because this is self-evident, and that illegal immigrants should not be welcome because when a law says to a group “don’t come here without our permission,” it means that they aren’t welcome, again by definition, if they defy that law. And yes, not one, single American citizen should be raped, robbed, beaten, killed or the victim of any crime, however large or small. that an illegal immigrant commits because, dammit, they shouldn’t be here in the first place.
But I’ve never heard anyone say that illegal immigration is destroying America. There are many, many other things that threaten the nation more.
Unethical and biased journalism, for example.
That phrase “a shared conviction that illegal immigration is destroying America” doesn’t belong in a news story. That’s pure bias, and a straw man, with two reporters exaggerating a position they oppose—because, I suppose, they are unthinking progressive tools—in order to mock it and make it sound hysterical and extreme, when believing that laws should be enforced is NOT the extreme and mockery-worthy position, theirs is. But never mind: their position shouldn’t be in this story at all. It is supposed to be a news story. Thanks to that phrase, which is false as well as gratuitous editorializing, the story isn’t. It is, at least in part, fake news.
What atrocious, embarrassing, unprofessional journalism. An ethical paper’s editors would have cut the phrase out, and reprimanded the reporters for being unprofessional.
And thus Times reporters Glenn Thrush and Maggie Haberman are the first winners of the Ethics Alarms Popeye Award, for an outrageous and unethical statement that I had to expose, or die.
This is for you, Glenn and Maggie…you insufferable hacks: