Journalists and Anti-Immigrant Sources
September 20, 2019 | Grantee Publications | Journalism & Media

Journalism on immigration issues and policy increasingly uses dehumanizing language and citations of far-right organizations, according to collaborative research by Define American and MIT Center for Civic Media. The two MacArthur-grantees studied coverage of immigration in four news sources—The New York Times, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and USA Today. The research found anti-immigrant groups had an increased share of citations since 2015, and 90 percent of stories that cited far-right organizations did not disclose the political bias of the source. In contrast, the AP and other style guides encourage humanizing and accurate language to share accurate information and avoid normalizing hate speech

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