Orwell’s 1984: Alive and well with journalistic word police

The Diversity Committee of the Society of Professional Journalists has called on news reporters nationwide to stop using the term “illegal immigrant” in their news coverage in an absurd effort to avoid offending Hispanics.  It must be the illegals they are concerned with, since there is no reason for Hispanic American citizens to be offended.

In the latest issue of Quill, the SPJ’s magazine, Diversity Committee member Leo Laurence announced the organization’s new campaign against “illegal immigrant” and “illegal alien,” claiming that individuals living in America without approval should be called ”undocumented workers“ or ”undocumented immigrants.”

The Washington Times editorially addresses this attempt at language control by correctly stating altering words “doesn’t’ change facts.” The Times contends the term “illegal alien” is highly specific and accurately describes the problem, unlike “undocumented immigrant,” which purposefully removes a stigma that should rightly remain.

Seeing Red AZ will continue to use the term “illegal aliens.”

In June 2008, we exposed SPJ’s efforts at crafting language in an effort to reconfigure attitudes.

And this attempt to recraft our language was also front and center when the Obama administration decided the words “Global War on Terror” should be changed to reflect the “Global Struggle for Security and Progress.” His Department of Homeland Security’s Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties issued a nine-page memo called “Terminology to Define Terrorists,” which determined it was too incendiary to use the word “liberty” when describing America’s foreign policy goal, and called for an end to the terms “Islamist” and “jihadist.”

Watch as Fox News‘ Megyn Kelly responds to the word police on America’s growing obsession with political correctness:

17 Responses to Orwell’s 1984: Alive and well with journalistic word police

  1. Blaine says:

    This is the typical response from the left/progressive and etc to an issue or language they don’t like. When someone breaks the law aren’t they doing something illegal no matter the reason. If my family is starving and I rob the corner store to feed them isn’t my cause just but I did break the law in the process. We will always have to deal with the pc crowd for they hide behind friendly words for their causes. It’s Illegal Alien and nothing else.

  2. Another LD11 PC says:

    Seeingred said: And this attempt to recraft our language was also front and center when the Obama administration decided the words “Global War on Terror” should be changed to reflect the “Global Struggle for Security and Progress.”

    It’s actually the other way around. The Clintons had planned to invade Afghanistan specifically on the grounds of a global struggle for security and progress. When G. Bush got elected, it was G. Bush who renamed the SAME PLANS and put the Clinton plans for Afghanistan into action.

    Another example, of Republicans implementing Dem policy, just calling it something different so it sounds “conservative” even though its not.

    The MAIN POINT is NOTHING can stop the flow of government money contracts to your pals.

    Doesn’t matter if it’s an elected Dem or Rep in the White House. They need to keep those contracts and payoffs rolling no matter how they have to name and spin the (EXACT SAME) issue.

  3. TeaPartyPatriot says:

    Journalist Diversity Committee Declares Term “Illegal Immigrant” to Be “Offensive”

    No big deal – the lamestream socialist fake-news media already hides the real status of ILLEGALS. Whenever there is an article about the heinous crimes of an ILLEGAL, like the brutal murder of Chandra Levy, the lamestreamers never, ever include the fact that they are ILLEGAL. It’s the same as their treatment of lunatic-left d-crat socialist crooks, like the despicable d-crats that ripped-off the city of Bell ,CA. They simply omitted mentioning the ONE party to which ALL of these criminals belong.

  4. Bradley J. Fikes says:

    Neither the SPJ nor its Diversity Committee has taken such a stand. That article is the opinion of the author. A disclaimer has since been added to that effect.

    BTW. I am on the SPJ board in San Diego, and I endorse the use of “illegal immigrant” as precisely descriptive.

  5. Richfield the plumber says:

    The real outrage is that “undocumented workers” are rarely undocumented. They have fake Social Security cards, work permits and green cards bought on the black market, and counterfeit IDs that get them free medical care, subsidized housing, food stamps and a ton of benes. These invaders are well-documented, so it is foolish, inaccurate, and dishonest and to called them otherwise.
    As a matter of fact, illegal alien is the very nicest thing anyone should call them.

  6. Matt DeGennaro says:

    Go, Megyn Kelly! She’s not only gorgeous, but she’s damn smart!

  7. Steve says:

    I found this enlightening background on Diversity Committee member Leo Laurence on Wikopedia. It explains a lot! Check out the section marked 1969:

  8. Richfield the plumber says:

    Bradley Fikes, who endorses the terminology “Illegal immigrant,” gets it half right, for these invaders are, indeed, illegal. However, calling them immigrants is still an outrage. Immigrants are those who go through the proper channels and immigrate via legal means. Our country was settled by immigrants NOT illegal entrants.
    So your panty-waist weasel term is still wrong and deceptive. It is deceptive because it is an attempt to wallpaper over a major problem, and that is the alien nature of the border breakers.
    If someone strong arms-his way into your home, you don’t call 911 complaining that you have an unexpected visitor.
    So why not call a spade a spade. It’s illegal alien, and your journalistic namby-pamby won’t change that fact.

    • Vince says:

      Thank you, Richfield. I couldn’t have said it better myself. Illegals are neither “immigrants” nor “migrants.” They are criminal trespassers.

  9. Vagabond says:

    I’m convinced that liberals detest our God given freedoms and inspired liberty. I did not always feel this way, but age has given me the wisdom to comprehend what I see, read and hear with a renewed clarity.

  10. LEO IN TSN says:

    Let’s refer Mr. Fikes of San Diego, Mexifornia, to the Seeing Red AZ post of Dec 27, referencing the National Review article titled “Two Californias.” That state has been bankrupted and is hurtling to self-destruction because of the idiocy of liberals who want to take care of illegal aliens while Americans foot the bill. That cancer is destroying both Californias, and rapidly spreading to other states. You cure the disease by removing the illegal alien cause.

  11. SuzanneC says:

    I was in the lunch room of a company a few years ago and a woman from India started to complain about G. Bush and T. Blair. I looked at her and said you come here on a work visa for a beter life, you take all America has to offer and you work for an American Radio Station and complain about the American Government? You need to go home to India and complain about your Government, get out of my country till you are appreciative enough of what we have offered you. I revceived a standing ovation from the people in the lunch room, we all need to stand up to the illegals and the legals who come here and complain about our greatness and freedoms, teling us what we owe them. Bull S–t.

  12. Maya Y says:

    The Diversity Committee is a great example of political correctness run a muck! These Marxist journalists are clearly products of today’s “Politically Correct” education system. Radical professors such as Howard Zinn rewrote our history to suit their leftist ideology. Bleeding hearts like this committee have been indoctrinated starting from kindergarten. Try to use logic and reason to form your opinions and forget the current leftist ideology that all people on Earth are victims of white men. Diversity Committee of the Society of Professional Journalists…what a joke!

    PS: I like to call them ILLEGAL invaders.

  13. The Society of Professional Journalists says:

    Please correct or update your post given the Washington Times article mentioned is incorrect. Contrary to many references in recent days, there has been no official SPJ or SPJ Committee initiative on this topic. One of SPJ’s members wrote a blog posting and an article expressing his personal opinion and reporting discussion within the committee on this topic. However, the committee did not reach any consensus, nor has the Society of Professional Journalists. Please don’t mistake the urging of a conversation for any official position on this issue.

    Thank you for taking the time to correct this misconception

    The following Bit url link includes a Fox News segment on the clarification:


  14. Chuck says:

    Ah, Diversity….Businesses and government agencies are mandating these lunatic lefty training programs to “celebrate” differences while undermining American unity, and who benefits? The answer is none other than perennial candidate Vernon Parker, who owns a company that promotes diversity through costly training programs that we all pay for. Federal, state, county and city governments all have bought into this farce.