Considering all the border issues that are in the news right now, policing the media vernacular is obviously a big focus of the political Left, and NPR has been taken to the woodshed over words used in a recent report:
I love y’all, but why do I keep hearing some anchors/reporters using the phrase “illegal immigrants” instead of undocumented people?
This should be an easy one to get right.
— Brittany Packnett (@MsPackyetti) June 28, 2019
And they’re so very sorry:
Sorry, that was a mistake. NPR's policy is not to characterize people as “illegal.” We slip up from time to time, but we'll keep working hard to get it right.
— NPR (@NPR) June 28, 2019
The cave and backpedal was swift!
The tweet was in response to activist Brittany Packnett calling for NPR's anchors and reporters to refrain from using the term "illegal."
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) June 28, 2019
In other words, if you’re keeping score at home, here’s what happened:
NPR apologizes for calling illegal immigrants…illegal https://t.co/DUEtSQqdMd
— OMF (@OMFonWEEI) June 28, 2019
Modern “journalism” is something to behold.
FFS “immigrant” is the person, and “illegal” is a way to describe the status of their immigration.
— Mark Thompson (@MarkThompson621) June 28, 2019
No, you had it right, but caved to the mob mentality. Crossing into the country not at a legal border crossing is ILLEGAL. You just have no backbone to tell the truth. https://t.co/ZYw2AhuIyq
— Jeremy Vyoral (@jeremyvyoral) June 29, 2019
These people are entering the US ILLEGALLY SO THEY ARE ILLEGAL!!!
— Char (@Lonestar2003) June 28, 2019
Will undocumented homeowner replace burglars?
— Bryan McNally 🇺🇸 (@BryanDMcNally) June 28, 2019