Andrea Nill of ThinkProgress offers "New right-wing Christmas carol: 'Illegals in my Yard'" (link) about a talk radio parody from Talk Radio Network's Matt Fox and AJ Rice that was posted at Human Events as a regular post (i.e., not just a user-generated blog post) under the byline "The Fox and Rice Experience" (http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=34788). As one might expect from the sources, all of those involved are showing just how low-wattage they are:
1. Nill fails to understand satire, wherein one is given a wider latitude to comment using superficially offensive terms and imagery than in, say, congressional testimony.
2. Nill claims that "illegals" is "offensive" and "pejorative", and to some extent she's right. However, she fails to note that many of those who claim that term is offensive/pejorative are over-selling the offensive nature of the term in order to support illegal activity and prefer misleading euphemisms such as "undocumented worker". This site has consistently used "illegal aliens" for several years; past coverage might have used "illegal immigrants". Only quoted coverage will have used "illegals". Sticking with the legally-correct terms is the safest possible route.
3. Nill fails to understand or fails to note that the song appears to be an attempt at a cautionary tale, discussing the downsides of using illegal labor: someone uses illegal labor to pave their driveway and then realizes that illegal aliens aren't checked for diseases as are legal immigrants.
4. That said, this is yet another example of self-promoting, low-wattage radio hosts helping the far-left and hurting the cause they pretend to support, and all to earn ratings or money. If they were brighter they could have come up with a scrupulously fact-based satire designed to expose the far-left; instead, they helped the far-left. Their listeners who realize what's going on should respond by tuning them out rather than laughing along and ultimately helping those who want to profit from illegal activity, such as the Center for American Progress. Low-wattage radio hosts who do things like this are helping CAP and are in effect enabling illegal immigration.
Mon, 12/14/2009 - 21:52 · Importance: 4