On Thursday, Define American made the following announcement:
“Since 2014, major U.S. newspapers have used dehumanizing labels to refer to immigrants at a steadily increasing rate, according to a new study by Define American and the MIT Center for Civic Media. This disturbing trend coincides with a vast increase in coverage of immigration-related issues. The study, ‘The Language of Immigration Reporting: Normalizing vs. Watchdogging in a Nativist Age,’ also found an increase in quotes from extremist anti-immigrant groups in trusted news outlets such as The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times and USA Today. In a post-El Paso America, the words we choose have real consequences in people’s lives.”
The report is below:
You can also see more at Define American’s site.