Sunday, May 18, 2008

Mexicans threaten American way of life

On NPR today was an interview with Joe Matthews, who recently wrote a piece for the Washington Post in which he made a startling discovery: Spanish-language news in Los Angeles is undoubtedly better and more serious than its English-language counterparts. The article details the news one night on an English-language station – the usual local news fluff – and then gave a minute-by-minute run-down of the content on a Spanish-language station, and the difference was clear:

"There's no comparison in the coverage," says Josh Kun, a communications professor at the University of Southern California who closely follows Spanish TV. "For people here, there are two places to look for better news: BBC News and Spanish-language news."

The one catch is that Spanish-language TV is more biased, mostly with issues regarding immigration:

The two stations' immigration coverage is deeply sympathetic to undocumented immigrants, with on-air reporters encouraging viewers to join national immigration rallies. Macin, the KMEX general manager, notes that her station's philosophy is "a su lado" (on your side).

This seems like a pretty minor issue, considering the complacent and blatantly biased journalism that passes for news in the media these days.

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