For The Record

Sigh. I’ve been interviewed at least a dozen times about “the immigration issue” and, not surprisingly, found the coverage to be lacking, especially when it is a television reporter doing the interview. I’ve learned to speak in short, crisp sound bites, and do my best to “stay on message”. I know that even the most thorough reporter will only have a half-minute at best of air time to present their story. I was hoping that would not be the case when dealing with print media. To be fair, the reporter that called to interview me was courteous and professional, and, I am aware that it is the editors that decide on the length and scope of the article, but, damn, I hoped the hour or so spent on the phone would have yielded more than this quote:

“At the risk of sounding new-agey, it’s almost like there has been some kind of collective consciousness that has kicked in,” he said. “I really don’t believe that the majority of people like to see other people dehumanized, and that’s what was going on.”

The article is here. While the reporter is correct that using thread comments as a gauge to determine the broader public attitude on a given subject is indeed unscientific, it is entirely possible that it is no less accurate than a telephone poll. The article makes it seem as though I based my assertions on what gets posted here at The Coyote Chronicles. In fact, I mentioned at least four other local bloggers, and I paid homage to two very good aggregators, Nashville is Talking (which includes Volunteer Voters), and Music City Bloggers.

I like bloggers. The very act of sitting down and typing out your thoughts means that you are engaged and paying attention. Even if I disagree with you, I respect the fact that you have an opinion, and that you don’t have your head in the sand. Even those that don’t blog, but who read and comment make an important contribution.

Bah. Anyway, I had hoped to draw attention to the fact that from what I have read in countless blogs this past year or so, people’s attitudes toward undocumented workers seem to be significantly changing. During the interview, I was careful to repeatedly point out that I attribute this to the belief that, at their core, most people are fair and compassionate. Instead of knee-jerk, nativist rhetoric, I am noticing more thoughtful viewpoints, again, even from those who disagree with my own.

This, as Newscoma would say, is of the good.

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8 responses to “For The Record

  1. Well, think of it this way. If you ever want to start having pagan gatherings up at your place, you’ve gotten some good advertising for your openness to “new age” ideas like being nice to people.

  2. Don’t know if you ever read Orcinus but today’s post I think would be of interest to you … It’s on the ugly reality of “enforcing the laws on the books…”

  3. They also spelled your name wrong, I noticed (unless I’ve been spelling it wrong all these years).

    Look, it’s The Tennessean, what do you expect? With all due respect, The Tennessean ain’t exactly the New York Times.

  4. Well…

    I couldn’t hold back. I went over there and commented. What a poorly written article.

    It must be very frustrating to have wasted an hour of your life that you’ll never get back and it results in such a lame piece of work.

  5. Pingback: Volunteer Voters » The Game Is The Same, The Rhetoric Just Got Less Fierce

  6. It’s a great article and your quote is excellent! It gave me hope for a solution in the near future.

    With that in mind, I thought you’d be interested in my recently-posted a * funny * video on YouTube that relates directly to this issue (see below “Thru the Plexiglass: Immigration Today”). With several news items this week about outrageous backlogs and delays at US Immigration and Citizenship Services (see below), we thought that Americans should stop blaming immigrants for a horrendously out of date immigration system.

    Links:

    Video: “Thru the Plexiglass: Immigration Today”

    Related articles:

    Top Immigration Official to Resign in April
    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/14/washington/14resign.html

    Gates Tells Congress What Is Needed for Better Work Force
    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/13/technology/13soft.html

  7. woody

    Oh..is that how to spell your last name? I never knew.

  8. Woody, you keep that kind of funny commenting up and I will be forced to develop a secret blog crush on you.

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