Thursday, July 26, 2007

Propaganda

This is a nice example of a propaganda piece -- all fluff, no substance, leaving you with precisely the image the author wants you to have. The article is titled "Sheriff urged to close immigrant hotline," which is misleading in itself. The hotline in question is not for immigrants, but illegal immigrants: two decidedly different groups of people.

Latino leaders and faith-based organizations want Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio to disconnect the hotline he created for people to report information about undocumented immigrants, saying it raises the chance of racial profiling.
And yet there are no Latino leaders named, no churches or faith-based organizations mentioned in the article. The infamous "some say" line is used. "Some" meaning an unnamed mass of people, ranging anywhere from 1 to 1,000,000.

The only quote besides the sheriff himself is from someone who has a decidedly un-Latino name:
Some Latino advocacy groups will launch a hotline of their own to take tips from people who believe they've been unfairly reported to Arpaio's hotline, said activist Mary Rose Wilcox, a Maricopa County supervisor.
So the media is, essentially, repeating verbatim the assertion from an activist. There's some responsible journalism.

In the meantime, back in reality, the hotline is helping law enforcement do its job. Over 300 calls have come in less than a week.

Some say its a great boon for the community.

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