Ed Driscoll

Today's Update to the Newspeak Dictionary

“Sotomayor: Labeling Illegal Immigrants Criminals Is Insulting,” the CBS branch in –Oceana DC reports:

Sotomayor was asked at a talk at Yale Law School later in the day about her use of the term “undocumented immigrants” rather than the traditional illegal alien. Sotomayor characterized the issue as a regulatory problem and said labeling immigrants criminals seemed insulting to her.

“I think people then paint those individuals as something less than worthy human beings and it changes the conversation,” Sotomayor said.

But it’s Sotomayor who wishes to change the conversation — or better yet, not have it all, by declaring someone committing an illegal act is not a criminal, and committing a microagression on reality. As George Orwell wrote in “Politics and the English language,” the goal is “to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind” — the latter half of that equation presciently summing up the Obama administration quite nicely:

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Oh, and CBS adds, “Sotomayor was interviewed by Judith Resnik, a Yale law professor, in front of a large audience and later by Linda Greenhouse, a journalist-in residence and lecturer at the law school.”

As John Podhoretz wrote at the Corner in 2006, “Holy jamoley:”

Holy jamoley. Linda Greenhouse of the New York Times — the paper of record’s beat reporter on the Supreme Court — just gave a talk at Harvard in which she basically said, “Hello. My name is Linda, and I make The Nation look like the John Birch Society.” Every single time anyone tells you the New York Times isn’t a left-wing organ from its news columns to its wedding pages, just send him this link.

Related: From Tom Blumer at Newsbusters: “Mind-Boggling Stats on Illegal Immigrants With Criminal Records the Press Rarely If Ever Publishes.”

That wouldn’t be fit to print, to coin a phrase.