The continued dehumanization of immigrant communities by American news media continues (as if that would surprise you). The latest example? MSNBC’s Chris Matthews having no problem saying “illegal people” on air during a pre-State of the Union conversation about President Trump.
It all happened when Matthews was talking with author Tony Schwartz. As Schwartz was talking about how Trump is the most aggrieved person in the world, Matthews said this: “What is he aggrieved about? His hiring of people? Just this week he decided to stop hiring illegal people.”
And Schwartz went along with it.
This is “progressive” MSNBC?
As expected, this one is problematic:
— Andrea Leon Grossmann ☀️ (@AndreaLeon) February 6, 2019
So much so that Hugo Balta, president of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, has already weighed in:
.@NAHJ continues to condemn the use of the term “illegal immigrants,” “illegal aliens” and “illegals” in describing people who are in this country without proper documentation. It’s not only insulting, but also journalistically irresponsible.https://t.co/31AKjQcXyL#SOU @MSNBC https://t.co/LdUW5BjxBb
— Hugo Balta ? (@HugoBalta) February 6, 2019
But hey, we know, this is Matthews we are talking about. The one obsessed with the “two Cuban guys.” Or the one who has NO CLUE about Latino voters.
This from 2012: