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Associated Press Issues Misleading Defense of Term “Illegal Immigrant”

Associated Press Issues Misleading Defense of Term “Illegal Immigrant”

Unlike lawyers and policymakers, journalists have an obligation to use language that ordinary people understand. Although the practice is generally helpful, it can sometimes result in oversimplification, or sacrificing accuracy for the sake of supposed clarity. A perfect example is the memo issued by the Associated Press last week endorsing use of the term “illegal […]

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Got Clarity? “Illegal Immigrant” Is More than Just a Term

Got Clarity? “Illegal Immigrant” Is More than Just a Term

Over the last few weeks, New York Times Public Editor Margaret Sullivan has been weighing a challenge from fellow journalist and self-described “undocumented immigrant” Jose Antonio Vargas—drop the use of “illegal immigrant” as the Times default description of the 12 million undocumented people in the United States.  Sullivan invited and received public comment on the […]

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