Thursday, May 31, 2007

В Правде нет известий, а в Известиях нет правды

I heard this on the radio yesterday and actually tuned in the evening TV news last night to see if it was really going to be a story. The TV version lead with a statement that went like this: illegal immigration is increasing in the region... stay tuned for the details. What were the details? 6 undocumented immigrants who were detained after a traffic stop on a local highway.

6 immigrants. As in a half of a dozen. Does that show a trend? I guess if you think there were literally zero here last week, 6 would represent a tsunami. Does anyone realize that 'evidence' like that is really the exception that proves the rule. What other region the entire country has so few illegal or undocumented immigrants that this particular incident would make news at all? I'm serious. The very fact that it made even a blip of news here is indirect, but pretty strong evidence that the numbers here are few. That it deserves coverage in print, TV and radio is kind of sad in a way.

And not only that. The Trib has more details. These were subcontractors of subcontractors from Chicago, it sounds like they were hired for a single project, driving a truck with an expired Texas plate and living temporarily in a hotel with no mention of any family members with them... all of which makes this even less of a sign of a migration trend of any kind. but I bet that most viewers only retained the lede which was that this was an increasing, if not exploding, trend here locally.

..... must... not.... mention... border... guard... bob....


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ah, the old "exception that proves the rule." I've always thought that this expression just doesn't make sense. Turns out I was right. Please Google it. The real saying, originating way back in English law, is "the exception that proves THAT THERE IS a rule."

Thursday, May 31, 2007 8:38:00 PM  
Blogger EdHeath said...

The PG has coverage too (which I have no link for) and yet no coverage for today's transit rally (which I have no link for, not surprisingly).

I must be dense, why is the post title in Cyrillic?

Thursday, May 31, 2007 10:03:00 PM  
Blogger C. Briem said...

ha. I like that. It still seems a little clearer than accusing the news editors of using a dicto secundum quid ad dictum simpliciter.

why the Cyrillic? just hoping it comes across a little less rant-like if nobody know what I am saying.

Thursday, May 31, 2007 10:34:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's funny. The same day you posted this blog, I was walking back to my car from lunch in Bloomfield lamenting the utter lack of immigration here when four Hispanics walked past me with their groceries on their way back to their homestead. It gave me a momentary burst of hope for the city and its prospects for re-population. Then I got back to work and saw your posting and it bummed me out again.

Oh well, one step forward and one step back. At least we didn't lose any ground yesterday...

Friday, June 01, 2007 9:11:00 AM  
Blogger C. Briem said...

I think many see what they want to see when it comes to immigration in Pittsburgh. I have good friends here whose family now includes 1st, 2nd and 3rd generation Mexican Americans.. a truly rare thing for Pittsburgh. Not only that, but they have been in Pittsburgh all that time, now 40+ years. In what is truly compounded ignorance, they are harassed to this day, especially since 9/11, by people who think they are from Middle Eastern countires. That is something that can only happen in a region with virtually no recent immigrants. Even if there are greater immigrants coming into the region, Ihear enough stories about how we are scaring them away after they arrive.

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