Panel: Do Good Intentions Get in the Way of Good Journalism?

By CIS on April 29, 2013

The Center for Immigration Studies hosted a panel discussion exploring the effects of ideological bias in the media coverage of immigration policy on May 6, at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

The starting point for the discussion was the New York Times' treatment of immigration, examined in two recent CIS reports: "All the News That Fits: Ideologically Skewed Coverage of Immigration at the New York Times" and "Sulzberger’s Voice: How Arthur Sulzberger Radicalized the New York Times Editorial Page on Immigration".


From left to right: Donald Barlett, Jerry Kammer, Mark Krikorian, Ted Hesson, Mickey Kaus.

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Jerry Kammer: Senior research fellow at CIS and author of "All the News that Fits" and "Sulzberger's Voice". In his 30 years as a journalist Kammer won many awards, including a 2006 Pulitzer Prize for his work in helping uncover the bribery scandal whose central figure was Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham. His work in Mexico for the Arizona Republic was honored with the 1989 Robert F. Kennedy Award for humanitarian journalism.

Mickey Kaus: A political journalist and author who created in 1999, one of the first political blogs, formerly hosted by Slate and Newsweek, now at the Daily Caller. Kaus was a candidate in the 2010 Democratic Senate primary in California.

Donald Barlett: Investigative reporter and author of eight books, he has won two Pulitzer prizes and multiple national journalism awards. Mr. Barlett has worked at The Philadelphia Inquirer and Time magazine, and is presently a contributing editor at Vanity Fair.

Ted Hesson: A writer and editor with a background in immigration, Mr. Hesson is presently the immigration editor for Fusion, an ABC – Univision joint venture. Prior to this position, he was the online editor for Long Island Wins, a non-profit organization focusing on local and national immigration issues.