Washington Post Trades on Kids' Fears to Sell Pro-Immigration Views
The KidsPost section of The Washington Post on June 28 features a lesson on how to manipulate the minds of children to instill a liberal point of view.
An article entitled Rallying in Support of Illegal Immigrants, Kids Say Families Could Be Separated presents the issue of illegal immigration in the scary context of kids being taken from their parents.
The 11-paragraph story, filled with pictures of smiling girls, red, white and blue balloons and the American flag, never acknowledges that illegal immigrants have broken the law. Instead, the children who read KidsPost are told that these people are “in the country without having permission from the
Telling kids that someone is doing something “without permission” is practically the same as telling them it is the coolest thing in the world. Every kid does things without permission. To equate breaking the law with such a pablum-esque euphemism – doing something “without permission” – is a transparent attempt to win sympathy and influence thinking.
Winning sympathy seems to be the point of the entire story. Every child quoted in the piece supports the idea that illegal immigrants should be allowed to stay in the
In a sidebar on the immigration legislation before the Senate, Need to Know: Immigration, A Legal Debate, KidsPost again describes illegal immigrants as “people who are in the
It is only in the second to last paragraph that lawbreaking is mentioned. “Additionally, some senators believe that illegal immigrants, because they broke the law, should be punished and sent home, not rewarded with permission to stay.”
The concept of the KidsPost – getting kids interested in reading newspapers – is admirable. But when the readers, still forming ideas and opinions, are fed nothing but the liberal media elite's talking points, the real danger of media bias becomes apparent.