Influencing the Media
It is common practice for journalists to refrain from citing people and organizations with similar documented intentions, such as the KKK, Neo-Nazis, or Alt-Right leaders.
However, this precedent is ignored by most mainstream news publications when it comes to anti-immigrant hate groups. Define American’s research of The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, and USA Today coverage indicates that citations of CIS, FAIR, and NumbersUSA increased by over 600% between six month periods in 2016 and 2018. The Washington Post was the most egregious of the four publications, citing the three hate groups nine times in the first half of 2016, and 50 times in the first half of 2018.
Times That The Washington Post Cited Tanton Network Anti-Immigrant Hate Groups
Direct Ties to the Trump Administration
Jon Feere, Julie Kirchner, and Robert Law – former leadership from FAIR and CIS – all now work for immigration agencies within the federal government. Yet journalists cite these organizations for comment and context on immigration policies without disclosing that these organizations have close ties to the administration that created the policies.