Today, Monday, May 6 at 1pm Immigration and Journalism Panel Discussion

Do good intentions get in the way of good journalism?

May 06, 2013, 05:15 ET from Center for Immigration Studies

WASHINGTON, May 6, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In a recent critique of the immigration coverage at the New York Times, former reporter and current Center for Immigration Studies fellow Jerry Kammer argues that liberal good intentions often get in the way of good reporting at the Times. He writes that because of the paper's biased framing, immigration "is not subjected to the rigorous analysis of costs and benefits that, under basic rules of journalism, should be applied to any major issue of public policy."


Washington Post columnist Robert Samuelson has identified journalistic group-think as a negative influence in press coverage. He wrote: "Immigration is considered noble. People who critically examine its value or worry about its social effects are subtly considered small-minded, stupid, or bigoted. The result is selective journalism that reflects poorly on our craft and detracts from democratic dialogue."

At 1pm on Monday, May 6 at the National Press Club, coverage of immigration issues will be the topic of a panel discussion hosted by the Center for Immigration Studies.

Donald Barlett: Investigative reporter and author of eight books, he has won two Pulitzer prizes and multiple national journalism awards. Mr. Barlett has worked at The Philadelphia Inquirer and Time magazine, and is presently a contributing editor at Vanity Fair.

Ted Hesson: A writer and editor with a background in immigration, Mr. Hesson is presently the immigration editor for Fusion, an ABC – Univision joint venture. Prior to this position, he was the online editor for Long Island Wins, a non-profit organization focusing on local and national immigration issues.

Mickey Kaus: A political journalist and author who created in 1999, one of the first political blogs, formerly hosted by Slate and Newsweek, now at the Daily Caller. Kaus was a candidate in the 2010 Democratic Senate primary in California.

Jerry Kammer: Senior research fellow at CIS and author of "All the News that Fits" and "Sulzberger's Voice". Kammer won a 2006 Pulitzer Prize as a reporter for Copley News Service. His work in Mexico for the Arizona Republic was honored with the 1989 Robert F. Kennedy Award for humanitarian journalism.

Moderator: Mark Krikorian, executive director, Center for Immigration Studies

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