Helping NPR with Basic Journalism on Immigration Issues

I keep six honest serving-men
(They taught me all I knew);
Their names are What and Why and When
And How and Where and Who.

Another Year Ends with Scant Media Reporting on Overpopulation

cartoon on opverpopulation
Journalists consider writing about
overpopulation too risky.

Georgie Anne Geyer: Journalist with a heart…and a brain

Georgie Anne Geyer

Rare Support Comes from Mainstream Media for Ending Hurtful EB-5 Visa

In what may be unprecedented support from the mainstream media, The Washington Post has called for an end to the fraudulent EB-5 visa.

Bee Columnist Gets it Wrong on California’s Population Growth

In his February 5 post to the "Capitol Alert" blog in the Sacramento Bee, long-time political analyst Dan Walters wrote this suggesting that California’s population growth may finally be leveling off: “More recently, the birthrate has been falling, foreign immigration has slowed to a trickle and the state loses more people to other states than it gains.”

To Jay Leno: Happy Trails and Thank You

Jay Leno, you will be missedI’ll miss Jay Leno.

Backfire in Bakersfield; Amnesty Antics Turn Off McCarthy

As the congressional comprehensive immigration reform debate raged on in 2013, CAPS launched a targeted media campaign in Bakersfield last August. The advertising urged House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy to consider the plight of unemployed Americans, especially those in his Kern Country district. During the period that the ads aired, Kern County unemployment was about 11 percent.

‘Feel-Good’ Environmentalism and Population Issues

All too many environmentalists are motivated more by feeling good about protecting the environment than actually protecting the environment.

An experiment reported on recently in the Los Angeles Times gives new meaning to the phrase “feel-good environmentalism.” The story’s headline is: “Two magic words make regular coffee taste better, study finds.”

Those magic words? “Eco-friendly.”

Leading Newspapers Slant Immigration Coverage -- Censorship Par for Course at L.A. Times, N.Y. Times, Washington Post

Immigration restrictionists constantly carp about how biased “lamestream media” coverage is of the immigration issue. They’re right.

Journalists rely on “frames” and “narratives” when writing about and interpreting newsworthy events and multi-faceted, long-term issues. Unfortunately, those frames and narratives may reflect hidden biases or agendas more than they reflect reality. Far from contributing to readers’ nuanced understanding or perspective, all too often reporting only serves to reinforce the predetermined narrative.

Back from Bakersfield: Report from the Front

I’m back from Bakersfield where I spent three days (August 13-15) promoting CAPS’ television and radio spots which alerted local area patriots that House Whip Kevin McCarthy may be wavering on amnesty.