This week on CounterSpin: US politicians and media talk about immigration all the time, but unless Thomas Friedman meets a chatty cab driver, we don’t very often hear from immigrants themselves—and rarely at any length or with much substance. That’s a problem in its own right, but the invisibility also makes it much easier to demonize immigrants, particularly the undocumented, and to tell stories about the role of immigration in US history that simply aren’t true.
This set of issues was forced into the daylight at the Boston Globe recently, when a labor disruption by the paper’s deliverers—yes, lots of people still get the physical newspaper—broached the dividing wall between reporters and the people whose difficult and undercompensated labor brings those reporters’ work to much of the public.
The story was recounted by Professor Aviva Chomsky; she teaches history and is coordinator of Latin American studies at Salem State University in Massachusetts. Chomsky is author of the books Undocumented: How Immigration Became Illegal and “They Take Our Jobs!” and 20 Other Myths About Immigration. Her article, “All The News That’s Fit to Print: How Media Hide Undocumented Workers,” appeared on TomDispatch.com.
The show begins with our regular look back at recent press, including the primaries and America’s problems, GMO coverage’s conflicts of interest and Time Warner Cable trying to get even bigger.
- “A Newspaper’s Crisis Reveals Unreported Worlds,” by Aviva Chomsky (TomDispatch, 2/4/16)