Woman-on-the-Street Interview Last Saturday

I (of all people) should know by now to never accept an invitation to speak to TV reporters where I'm not being invited as an expert. But this one caught me, and I thought she might be interested in some real analysis about the roots of the current child migration crisis. So I told her all about them in quick, digestible soundbites: the 1980s wars, the 2009 coup, the violence of free trade agreements and U.S. military occupation of Central America, the hypocrisy of blaming parents for wanting to keep their children alive and their families together. I was on fire! I should have known when she kept badgering me to talk about my daughter that all my analysis would be excised in favor of "[Adrienne Pine] is marching for her two year old daughter and the family left behind in Honduras." The script is written before the interviews. Not that this is a particularly bad segment as network news goes, but I was not marching for my daughter. I was marching for an end to borders and U.S. empire.


on the news

You also know it comes from an unquestioned worldview because the headline and summary refer to "illegal immigrants." Reporters are not expected to know about political violence or neoliberalism, etc., but they ARE supposed to know AP style, which says,
"Except in direct quotes essential to the story, use illegal only to refer to an action, not a person: illegal immigration, but not illegal immigrant. Acceptable variations include living in or entering a country illegally or without legal permission.
Except in direct quotations, do not use the terms illegal alien, an illegal, illegals or undocumented."