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By Greg Strange
"A right-wing militia patrolling the Mexican border to catch illegal immigrants is pitting some residents in favor of old-style frontier justice against critics who say the militiamen are the real threat." - Opening line from a Reuters article written by Tim Gaynor about the Minuteman Project, an all-volunteer effort being conducted in Arizona by a group of citizens to call attention to the problem of the porous border between the U.S. and Mexico.
Such colorful journalistic phrasings as the ones above can be great for reeling in readers tantalized by the prospect of a chaotic and violent skirmish between militant rightists, illegal aliens and the U.S. Border Patrol. In reality, however, what the Minuteman Project is engaging in is more akin to a neighborhood watch than a lawless spree of vigilantism, so readers looking for journalistic accuracy ought to look elsewhere.
You have to wonder if Tim Gaynor either slept through or totally missed the first day of Newswriting 101, which must have included at least some little tidbit about not writing biased and misleading lines. Giving Tim‘s work just a cursory going over, one notices factual inaccuracies popping up like mushrooms in cow dung.
For instance, consider the very first words: "A right-wing militia . . ." The obvious question for Tim is, what makes the Minutemen either "right-wing" or "militia?" "Right-wing" smacks of negativity and infers an extreme degree of conservativeness, but by whose standards is it overly conservative to want to see the simple enforcement of our country’s immigration laws?
As for "militia," granted the Minutemen took their name from a very famous one, but they are still not one themselves. A militia is basically defined as an organized group of citizen soldiers, but these Minutemen have no soldierly or military objectives at all.
Skipping along a few words we come to "old-style frontier justice," which suggests to readers that the "right-wing militia" is looking for some kind of violent showdown with illegals. In reality, the Minutemen have specifically stated that they will neither confront nor apprehend anyone themselves, but instead only report lawbreakers to the proper authorities. The same can be said about a reference to "vigilantes" further on in the article.
So, are you beginning to see a pattern? We’ve just dissected basically one sentence from one article on a politically sensitive issue and it absolutely reeks of misinformation and bias. And you can bet your sweet bippy this wasn’t just an aberration that fell through the cracks of an otherwise well-oiled journalistic machine that efficiently weeds out bad information.
Interestingly, the journalism problem and the border problem both have similar underlying causes. The reason the border problem is allowed to ceaselessly rage out of control--and the reason that people who want that to change are branded by the media as right-wing, racist, militia extremists--is because of the politically correct thinking that rages out of control at all levels of society, even, unfortunately, all the way up to the highest office in the land.
That thinking says that if we crack down on the southern border, it might be offensive to members of what is a nonwhite ethnic group and that wouldn’t be kosher no matter how many millions of them blatantly violate our laws and sovereignty.
The Minuteman Project would like to shatter that imbecilic paradigm into tiny irretrievable pieces before illegal crossings become so numerous and crowded that bin Laden himself could waltz across the border unnoticed amongst the multitudes. As sensible as that should sound to any rational person, it will be fought every step of the way by the ACLU, the U.S. Border Patrol, hordes of American politicians, el presidente de Mexico and myriad others.
First, the ACLU, America’s most infuriating gaggle of lawyers, is looking for any excuse to slap a lawsuit on the Minutemen, warning that they might come to Arizona "as vigilantes and end up leaving as defendants." Of course, illegal aliens can flood into Arizona until doomsday and never be looked upon as "defendants" by the ACLU, but rather as innocent economic migrants just looking for honest work.
ACLU of Arizona spokesman Ray Ybarra went so far as to say that the very presence of the Minutemen at the border constitutes "unlawful imprisonment" of "undocumented migrants." Huh? Strait-jacketed bedlamites in rubber rooms routinely make more sensible statements.
The U.S. Border Patrol has its own complaints, among them that the Minutemen have inadvertently set off devices placed in the desert that are designed to detect illegals. Well, sure, there’s a big problem. The normally stellar performance of the Border Patrol is being loused up by a bunch of klutzy, interfering vigilantes setting off false alarms in a system that is otherwise so efficient that only a million or two illegals cross the border every year unimpeded.
American politicians are scared witless of offending Hispanic voters and Presidente Fox isn’t about to do anything to stem the flow of illegals from his own country to the U.S. since they provide the single biggest source of money for his basket case of a country.
Aligned with everyone else against the Minuteman Project is a vicious Central American gang known as MS-13, which has reportedly made threats against the Minutemen for daring to bring attention to the border problem (and possibly messing up their smuggling operations). A perfect illustration of the problem is the leader of the gang who has been arrested eight times since 2001, deported on numerous occasions, but keeps coming back as if, instead of having to cross sovereign national borders with some sort of legal restrictions, he’s traveling from Peoria on a frolicsome motoring trip to the Wisconsin Dells.
Make no mistake. There’s bedlam down on the border and for various perverse reasons, nobody in authority wants to do anything about it. The Minuteman Project, despite the grotesque inaccuracies and caricatures in the media, stands some sliver of a chance of inspiring change. If something doesn’t change, however, someday we’ll be looking back on 2005 as the good ol’ days before things really got out of hand.
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