Broadcast News Offers Skewed Picture of Immigrants

A new analysis of broadcast news coverage shows that the American public is getting a skewed picture of the immigration issue. And, the language used to describe immigrants on popular TV and radio shows is often extremely biased, reinforcing negative stereotypes and dehumanizing immigrants. Read the report.

The report Immigration On-The-Air, commissioned by TheOpportunity Agenda and supported by a grant from Carnegie Corporation, examines how immigration-related topics are treated by national radio and television news and commentary shows and in popular local broadcasts in New York, Miami, Chicago, Los Angeles and Dallas.

The analysis also uncovers that some nonprofit organizations advocating on behalf of immigrants struggle with communicating a positive message.

Carnegie Corporation of New York supports nonprofit organizations whose work facilitates the integration of immigrants into the country’s economic, social and civic fabric.