Thursday, April 30, 2009

April 29, 2009

News media should resist baseless blame of immigrants as it covers a possible pandemic

Contact: Iván Román, NAHJ Executive Director, 
(202) 662-7178
Washington, D.C. – The National Association of Hispanic Journalists called on the media on Wednesday to be fair and prudent when covering the spread of swine flu in the U.S. and around the world, and resist the portrayal of Mexican immigrants as scapegoats for the possible pandemic.

The following is a statement from the NAHJ Board of Directors:

“We have come to expect immigrant bashing from the usual suspects – commentators who use purposefully inflammatory rhetoric to seek attention and to suit their agenda. And they haven’t disappointed, now using the swine flu as cause to decry immigration and immigrants. Immigrants, of course, have long been favorite and convenient scapegoats for some for everything from high taxes to infectious diseases. Facts haven’t much mattered.

But we trust that credible journalists will cover what is undeniably a big national story with more fairness and accuracy than we are hearing from these talking heads. We would ask that these stories be written as if facts did matter. Because they do.

The temptation even in more credible media, we know, will be to link Mexican immigrants with the spread of the disease to the United States. The consequence of too much of this will be even more anger – and perhaps even more violence – against a community no more responsible for the spread of this ailment than U.S. tourists returning from scenic, balmy vacations.

There are more than 4,000 flights per week from the United States to Mexico. Mexicans are not the only people on those flights. About 80 percent of visitors to Mexico in 2008 came from the United States. 

The Mexican immigrant community in the United States is a part of this story. But not in such narrow fashion as we’re hearing at the moment. This community is as fearful of the swine flu’s spread as anyone else. Viruses strike regardless of where you were born. And, please remember, the fear is not just for themselves but for family members and friends still in Mexico.

The World Health Organization is raising its alert from Level 4 to Level 5, an action that will cause further temptation to overreact. If the swine flu becomes a true pandemic, we ask simply that the news industry do its job. That would be covering the story, not in the breathless fashion of the talking heads, but as a story as needful of truth, fairness, accuracy and balance as any other important story. In fact, the bigger the story, the more it needs these attributes.

With such stories as this, the news media can be part of the solution or part of the problem.” link


Vicente Duque said...

Marie-Theresa :

I am aware that the trials against Racial Murderers and Right Wing Extremists that kill should be decided by a Jury with the Help of Judges, Prosecutors, Defense Lawyers, District Attorneys and Representatives of the "People" and that they should not be pressed or pressured. But I congratulate you for your fight for Kindness and Friendliness among Races, and for your excellent information that I read everyday.


But it is a good thing that Latinos, Blacks, Immigrants, Asians, Native Americans and many others go Tomorrow May 1st to Demonstrations.

Many Nice and Kind White People can also go to demonstrate for the Kindness and Friendship to Minorities. And a Rejection to Hatred, Racism, Sadism and Brutality.

Even White Policemen are threatened by this Huge Tsunami of Right Wing Extremism, Racism and Violence. If I was the wife of a White Policemen then I would demonstrate with the Minorities and Latinos.

I would also adise to the Demonstrators to be Peaceful, Calmed, Moderate in their Demands or Petitions, to be Polite, Tranquil, Prudent, etc ...

And to have a lot of Caution, so as not to enrage the Lunatic Fringe of Racists and Haters. Do not respond to their insults, slurs, epithets, or whatever yelling of obscenities.

These Racists are poor Failed Lives, Poor Losers, Poor Boxes of Inferiority Complexes and Inadequacies, the troubled sons of dysfunctional families.

Why endanger the life or integrity of a child, woman or old folks answering to these scoundrels. ??

Demonstrators, Be quiet and polite please !, and shut up your mouths in the face of Bastardy !

Vicente Duque

Vicente Duque said...

Good Work Marie-Theresa, keep us informed on all these foolish attacks against Minorities and defenseless laborers.

I admire and love Women, but these last days have been very unfortunate for foolish U. S. Congresswomen.

An orgy and stravaganza of Imbecility inside the U. S. Congress, thanks to Republican Women.


Congresswoman Virginia Foxx, the most stupid address in the U. S. Congress :

From Wikipedia :

Position on the Matthew Shepard Act
On April 29, 2009, while sitting across from Judy Shepard -- the mother of Matthew Shepard, after whom the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2007 is colloquially named -- Congresswoman Foxx issued the following statement:

“I also would like to point out that there was a bill -- the hate crimes bill that's called the Matthew Shepard bill is named after a very unfortunate incident that happened where a young man was killed, but we know that that young man was killed in the commitment of a robbery. It wasn't because he was gay....This -- the bill was named for him, hate crimes bill was named for him, but it's really a hoax that that continues to be used as an excuse for passing these bills."

Michele Bachmann is an ignorant of the most elementary facts of U. S. History, and shows that Ignorance and Foolishness inside the U. S. Congress.

I have the videos of Virginia Foxx and Michele Bachmann saying the most stupid things in Congress :

Vicente Duque