Media Blog

More Incomplete Disclosure on Immigration

The National Press Club has framed front pages of various newspapers on display, including one from the Midland, Texas, paper with the headline “Local Rancher Elected President,” reporting on George W. Bush’s victory over Al Gore. It’s funny because it’s correct but somehow incomplete.

The Atlanta Journal Constitution does the same thing on a much smaller scale regarding immigration, but it’s not funny. As I’ve written here and here, a perennial source for quotes is local immigration lawyer Charles Kuck, but his leadership of a local group that lobbies for permissive immigration laws is never disclosed. It’s clear at this point that this is not an omission but a conscious choice by the editors to hide his role as a lobbyist for a noble cause they consider beyond normal journalistic rules of disclosure.

The paper did it again earlier this month, in “Legal path to U.S. clogged” (behind the paywall). It quoted Rosemary Jenks, accurately describing her as “the director of government affairs for NumbersUSA, which supports lower immigration levels.” But then it describes Kuck this way: “who teaches immigration law at the University of Georgia,” and later, “an Atlanta-area immigration attorney and past president of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.” All that is true enough, but incomplete — Kuck is vice chairman of the lobbying group GALEO, the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials. Not someone who happens to get their direct mail, not even an adjunct, which is his role at UGA’s law school, but one of the people actually directing the activities of an immigration lobbying group — and that affiliation doesn’t have to be disclosed? “In the tank” doesn’t begin to describe it.

Most Popular

Media

The Biden Protection Racket

Joe Biden is the most cosseted presidential candidate in memory. He’s run a minimalist campaign that’s avoided the press as much as possible, while the press hasn’t been braying for more access and answers, but eager to avoid anything that could be discomfiting to the campaign. Never before have the ... Read More
Media

The Biden Protection Racket

Joe Biden is the most cosseted presidential candidate in memory. He’s run a minimalist campaign that’s avoided the press as much as possible, while the press hasn’t been braying for more access and answers, but eager to avoid anything that could be discomfiting to the campaign. Never before have the ... Read More

A Few Cracks in the Progressive Wall

The contemporary progressive agenda — of, say, an Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders, or Elizabeth Warren — has rarely appealed to 51 percent of the American electorate. Most polls show opposition to Court packing and the abolition of the Electoral College. Voters don’t seem to like ... Read More

A Few Cracks in the Progressive Wall

The contemporary progressive agenda — of, say, an Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders, or Elizabeth Warren — has rarely appealed to 51 percent of the American electorate. Most polls show opposition to Court packing and the abolition of the Electoral College. Voters don’t seem to like ... Read More

Trump: No

Editor’s Note: The following is one of three essays, each from a different perspective, in the latest edition of National Review on the question of whether to vote for President Trump. The views below reflect those of the individual author, not of the NR editorial board as a whole. The other two essays can be ... Read More

Trump: No

Editor’s Note: The following is one of three essays, each from a different perspective, in the latest edition of National Review on the question of whether to vote for President Trump. The views below reflect those of the individual author, not of the NR editorial board as a whole. The other two essays can be ... Read More
Elections

Why Hunter?

Hunter Biden, Joe’s younger son, has become a fixture of the 2020 race. Since August 27, 2019, Donald Trump has tweeted about Hunter 59 separate times, making his colorful past one of the Trump campaign’s most important attacks on his rival. For many years, Hunter struggled with serious drug and alcohol ... Read More
Elections

Why Hunter?

Hunter Biden, Joe’s younger son, has become a fixture of the 2020 race. Since August 27, 2019, Donald Trump has tweeted about Hunter 59 separate times, making his colorful past one of the Trump campaign’s most important attacks on his rival. For many years, Hunter struggled with serious drug and alcohol ... Read More