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February 17, 2005


Mark A. York

This is a case of colliding cultures an example of what can happen they the immigrant culture refuses to melt with the American macro-slumgullion stew as the late Ed Abby called it. The answer is more exposure and dropping some of the hard-rock fallacies of the culture at odds.

Doug McGill

Nicely put. Who does the dropping first? Exactly how do we do it? Got any plans and procedures? Also, I agree with your comment about "immigration culture refusing to melt with the American stew." However, as a journalist, I have a tough time bringing this up. When I write on this theme, I get e-mails from anti-immigrant groups inviting me to hate rallies. It's natural to want to just shut up when you get responses like that. You don't want to stir that stuff up. On the other hand, the press I fear is largely silenced by this PC pressure into quietude on the subject.


It seems straightforward. You decline the anti-immigrant invitations, stating clearly that you do not align with their policy objectives. And you keep writing the truth.

I understand a simple self-protective hesitation to be the object of public near-assault. But I cannot support a sense that threatening attitudes and behavior and outrage should be justified by capitulation. And "you don't want to stir this stuff up" seems to make a greater demon of those who are exercising their right to examine immigration policy, than of those who would attack free information.

A good friend of mine flying East sat next to one of the hijackers a few days before 9/11, as he was apparently doing reconnaisance. Should she have shut up?

Journalists have to deal with those who unreasonably wish to muzzle them. Republicans might think Gannon makes them look bad. Is that a reason to downplay it? Some Italians don't like coverage of traditional urban organized crime.

If you want to reach out, offer a press forum to the local Muslim community to express themselves on the matter, and answer and respond to them with care and candor.

Mark A. York

Yeah that's the parallel realities problem of cultural relativism. I think there are universal human values though that those of any culture can agree on.

It helps to have those from a scientific background, but lacking that it takes tack and an appeal to logic. Myth-busting and feeling, not thinking, is the biggest problem we face in communication today.

This blogosphere is terribly polarizing. It seems to be getting worse as any visit to pressthink will bear out. I say debunk both mythologies and exremes equally and stick to the universal facts we all have in common.

It's easier to say than do though, to add a cliche.

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