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By Michelle Malkin
Sunday, April 7, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
 

Last Tuesday, The Associated Press announced that it is banishing the phrase “illegal immigrant” from its famous stylebook. The world's largest news-gathering outlet now advises reporters that “illegal” will “only refer to an action, not a person.”

AP explains that it wants to stop labeling people. Ha! This is the same organization that employs journalists who have repeatedly shown naked bias against tea partyers, gun owners and pro-life activists.

Just a few years ago, the AP resisted open-borders demands and the pressure of political correctness in favor of precision. In 2010, a member of the “Diversity Committee” of the Society of Professional Journalists argued that foreign lawbreakers should be labeled “undocumented workers” or “undocumented immigrants.”

But the idea that “undocumented workers” and “undocumented immigrants” are more objective labels than “illegal immigrants” is complete and utter nonsense. The euphemisms that mainstream “journalists” favor are far more politically loaded than the ones they're trying to replace.

It's a farce to call someone an “undocumented immigrant” whose pockets are overflowing with fraudulent documents — and that is usually the case with many of the suspected illegals featured in AP stories. At the time, the AP agreed.

So what changed? “Journalist” Kathleen Carroll, AP's executive editor, attributes the move to the “evolving” English language. I attribute it to the “evolving” transformation of once-neutral news organizations into brazenly transparent satellite lobbying outfits for the left.

It's not media bias that's the problem, of course. It's the sanctimonious pretense of objectivity to which these alleged practitioners of journalism cling.

Just look at the ABC News coverage of the AP's decision. “Journalist” Cristina Costantini praised the move and patted her own colleagues on the back for their progressivism. “Fusion, the ABC-Univision joint venture, does not use ‘illegal immigrant' because we believe it dehumanizes those it describes and we find it to be linguistically inaccurate.” On her Twitter account, “journalist” Costantini gushed that AP's capitulation came “thanks to the hard work of great people” such as Jose Antonio Vargas.

The former Washington Post reporter spearheaded the whitewashing of our language and our laws on behalf of illegal aliens. In 2011, with great fanfare and elite media sympathy, Vargas publicly declared himself an “undocumented immigrant.” Except, as he himself confessed, Vargas had documents coming out of his ears — including a fake passport with a fake name, a fake green card and a Social Security card his grandfather doctored for him at a Kinko's.

Open-borders euphemisms championed by Vargas and others once again serve as the perfect illumination of the agenda-driven, dominant progressive media. They're as activist inside their newsrooms as Vargas is out in the open. Vargas won't rest until the legal definition of American citizenship is obliterated. And neither will his “journalist” colleagues cheering him on.

Michelle Malkin is the author of “Culture of Corruption: Obama and his Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks and Cronies” (Regnery 2009).

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