In December the Society for Professional Journalists (SPJ)’s Diversity Committee entertained discussion of a campaign to “educate journalists about the hurtfulness of phrases like ‘illegal immigrant,’ which is the term currently preferred by the influential AP Stylebook.” This was driven by committee members Leo Laurence. The committee "did not reach any consensus," however Mr. Laurence is taking the campaign to anyone who will listen. In advocating for language that contorts and obscures the illegal status of the immigrants in question, this midguided idea is simply an abandoning of journalism and a taking of sides in a political issue. It is also insulting American media consumers’ intelligence. As the Culture and Media Institute points out, A drunk driver is a drunk driver, even if he hasn’t been caught by the police and declared guilty by a judge.
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