- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 10, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

This letter is in response to “To be ‘illegal’ or not to be — Newsroom question,” Page 1, Friday. The high-profile case of Chandra Levy has, after a period of eight years, resulted in the arrest of Ingmar Guandique.

The suspected killer has been in the United States illegally and, simply stated, is an illegal immigrant. However, it seems that basic facts can no longer be stated as such because of the imposing sway of political correctness.

Everyone is so afraid of stepping on someone’s toes and causing offense with the use of truthful labels that, instead, they tiptoe around the tulips and carefully couch their terminology. Journalists, in particular, have to determine how far they will go in reporting the truth accurately and thoroughly to inform their readers while, at the same time, not ruffling the feathers of their editorial supervisors in order to keep their jobs. The position held by the managing editors of newspapers is critical to accurate reporting.

John Solomon, executive editor of The Washington Times, deserves applause for taking an assertive stand and maintaining the position that immigration status is relevant and should be reported as such, particularly related to a criminal offense such as the Levy case. Mr. Solomon is not cowering in fear that his staff may not be satisfying the wants or demands of various immigration groups and community leaders who frequently tend to bend over backward to coddle illegal immigrants.

The fact remains that Guandique is accused of committing a crime and that he was not in this country legally. It may not be pleasing to the ears of some, but it is a fact and should be stated as such.



It is commendable that both The Washington Times and the D.C. Examiner have executive and managing editors who have the chutzpah to state the truth and not water down the facts because of those who are less than satisfied and whine, criticize and complain. Chandra Levy was a victim of crime who died as a result of a heinous act and, as Mr. Solomon accurately states, “If the illegal immigrant hadn’t gotten into the country, he or she might not have been in a position to commit the crime.”

KAREN L. BUNE

Adjunct professor

Department of Criminal Justice

George Mason University

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