We Believe That #SourcesMatter

It would be unthinkable for journalists to cite the KKK as a legitimate source in articles about race. It would be unimaginable to cite Nazi leaders in articles about issues impacting the Jewish community.

It should be no different for anti-immigrant hate groups, whose founder is a white nationalist – yet The Washington Post has cited anti-immigrant hate groups 50 times in the first six months of 2018 alone.

Join us in demanding that The Washington Post stop legitimizing hate groups by citing them in their reporting.

Hate groups are on the rise and our country is in the throes of an increasingly emboldened anti-immigrant government. The media, in offering these groups a platform to use their language and perpetuate false narratives of fear and xenophobia, is legitimizing the insidious reasoning used to separate families, spread fear within immigrant communities, and racially profile American citizens.

The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) and NumbersUSA are all known anti-immigrant hate groups. Ethical and fair journalists should not reference these organizations or allow them to publish opinion pieces in their publications.

This isn’t a question of censorship – an honest conversation is needed about immigration. In turn, journalists should be honest about the stated agendas of these groups – rooted in eugenics, and maintaining a White demographic majority for generations to come.

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Origins of Hate

Discover the founder and funding of three of the most well-moneyed and influential anti-immigrant activist organizations in America.

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Define American research has shown that mainstream news organizations are citing the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) and the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) with increasing frequency. These citations do not indicate CIS and FAIR’s designation as a hate group, nor do they disclose that many high ranking ex staff members are now currently top advisors with the Trump administration.



Percent Increase in Citations

Define American analyzed two six month periods of news coverage at the beginning of 2016 and 2018. The number of times CIS, FAIR, and NumbersUSA were interviewed and consulted dramatically increased.



Trump Administration Officials WHo Are Former Employees of The Tanton NetWork

Jon Feere, Julie Kirchner, and Robert Law all now work for immigration agencies within the federal government.



Times the Washington Post Cited the Tanton Network in the First Half of 2018

The reason our petition targets The Washington Post is because this news organization is by far the worst offender. While members of their own staff have been critical of the Tanton Network for having ties to eugenics, members of their reporting staff relied on these organizations regularly.


Take Action

Help us put pressure on the media stop citing these organization in their immigration reporting. Journalists must stop citing anti-immigrant hate groups that are part of the Tanton Network. If they are cited, journalists should include the necessary context of their relationships within the Trump administration.


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Tell The Washington Post to change their style guide, and stop citing anti-immigrant hate groups.

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