Accuracy in Media


The New York Times reports no mention of efforts to contact Stephen Miller, the aide to President Trump targeted by Miller’s uncle in an essay, and offers no interviews providing alternative viewpoints to the essay’s accusations and policy claims.

“Stephen Miller, one of the key architects of President Trump’s hard-line immigration agenda, is the descendant of Jewish immigrants who arrived to a welcoming United States at the turn of the 20th century,” NYT reporter Michael Shear writes. “But in an essay posted online Monday, Dr. David S. Glosser, Mr. Miller’s uncle, argues that the family would have been turned away if the immigration policies currently backed by Mr. Trump and Mr. Miller were in place at the time.”

Shear does offer one paragraph in its 11-paragraph story with some conservative counterpoint: “Supporters of Mr. Trump’s immigration agenda insist that it makes no sense to compare the immigration system today with the one that existed at the turn of the 20th century. They argue that the level of education among immigrants is much lower now and that the type of workers seeking to come into the United States have less to offer the current American economy.”

Yet Shear makes no distinction between a central guiding critique by the Trump administration: the problem of legal vs illegal immigration and no mention of how current welfare use among immigrants is far different than the negligible social safety net available at the turn of last century. Shear offers no look at data such as a 2016 study from the National Academy of Sciences, which analyzes Census Current Population Survey data from 2011-13, and found that more than 58 percent of immigrant households with children use “any welfare.”

Rather, Shear unquestioningly reports “In the article, Mr. Glosser related in detail the story of Wolf-Leib Glosser, who arrived on Ellis Island in 1903 from the village of Antopol in Eastern Europe, fleeing persecution and forced conscription. Wolf-Leib Glosser was Mr. Miller’s great-grandfather on his mother’s side, writes Mr. Glosser.”

Shear offers no interview with a conservative, either in the administration or a policy organization such as The Heritage Foundation, which points out: “Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman admonished the Wall Street Journal for its idée fixe on open-border immigration policy. ‘It’s just obvious you can’t have free immigration and a welfare state,’ he warned.”




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