Post Worshipfully Labels Pew Hispanic Center 'Unbiased'
The mainstream media, bolstered by liberal think tanks, already see global warming as caused by humans to be settled, incontrovertible science. Could the debate over the effect that immigration has on Americansâ€™ jobs be the next case the media pronounces closed?
Thatâ€™s the impression The Washington Postâ€™s Kim Hart gave readers in her August 11 story as she portrayed a liberal think tank as a neutral, â€śunbiasedâ€ť observer of American social and political issues.
â€śHigh levels of immigration in the past 15 years do not appear to have hurt employment opportunities for American workers,â€ť Hart began her story, citing a
Hart added that Pew â€śhas published respected polls and reports on the role of Hispanics in the
But Pew doesnâ€™t merely study the Hispanic population in the
On NPRâ€™s May 16 edition of â€śNews and Notes,â€ť
â€ś[I]n an area of budget tightening and fiscal issues, where weâ€™re trying to save our money, I think accommodation needs to be made between the older and the younger population in order to understand that these people are Americaâ€™s future,â€ť Suro suggested, calling for â€śmore resourcesâ€ť and â€śmore services.â€ť
On the August 16, 2005 â€śAll Things Considered,â€ť Suro dismissed a 200,000-a-year guest worker program as too small, complaining that â€śit would take a lot more enforcementâ€ť to make sure â€śthe rest of the demand wasnâ€™t met through illegal immigration.â€ť He also referred to â€śwell-functioning channels now between
In fact, a look at the Web site for Pew Charitable Trusts reveals the organization has a strong liberal slant with public policy issues.
Pew Trusts help to finance the Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth (CAMY), a liberal anti-alcohol industry advocacy group.
Pew Trusts â€śadvocate for universal, voluntary accessâ€ť to pre-kindergarten, a campaign staple of Al Goreâ€™s 2000 presidential run.
Pew Trusts are â€śworking to create a policy environment that leads to the adoption of mandatory federal limits on emissions that contribute to global warming.â€ť
Hartâ€™s characterization of Pew as ideologically neutral is not uncommon at the Post. As the Business & Media Institute documented on Feb. 16, 2005, Hartâ€™s colleague Shankar Vendantam failed to mention that