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Thursday, December 30, 2010

An Illegal Alien IS An Illegal Alien, Not An 'Undocumented Immigrant'

TPM reports that Fox News host Megyn Kelly compares calling an Illegal Alien an "Undocumented immigrant" to changing the word rapist to "non-consensual sex partners".

She is right. It is not the job of journalists to refrain from using an accurate descriptor because a small segment of the population doesn't like the term.

Video below:

"You could say that a burglar is an unauthorized visitor. You know, you could say that a rapist is a non-consensual sex partner which, obviously, would be considered offensive to the victims of those crimes," Kelly said. "So how far could you take this?"

"What if there was a push by the criminal defense... bar to re-brand the use of the word rapist to nonconsensual sex partner?" Kelly asks her guest. Jehmu Greene, the former president of the Women's Media Center, said that was like comparing "apples and oranges."

Kelly also expressed frustration over the politically correct language dominating American culture. Illegal Alien:

1. a foreigner who has entered or resides in a country unlawfully or without the country's authorization.

2. a foreigner who enters the U.S. without an entry or immigrant visa, esp. a person who crosses the border by avoiding inspection or who overstays the period of time allowed as a visitor, tourist, or businessperson.

Illegal aliens are not just undocumented, they are here illegally and changing the descriptors does not make that any less true.

Kudos to Megyn Kelly.

[Update] Big Government gets the quote of the day in their article on this issue:

Megyn Kelly picked up on the topic at Fox News. Now, TPM is taking out after her. Given that so many self-professed journalists so routinely perform journalistic malpractice of the JournoList variety today, in the spirit of being certain, I propose we stop calling all of them journalists. We can just call them something fun, like typing monkeys, until we’re absolutely convinced they are capable of producing something akin to objective journalism, as opposed to the usual liberal spew they regularly regurgitate on cue.

That right there... is funny.