The Daily Caller

Opinion: “Immigrants yes, illegals no” – Daily Caller’s rhetoric and photo a tired and desperate strategy

Desperate times call for desperate measures, and this week Tucker Carlson’s The Daily Caller showed its true colors. A piece written by TDC Education Editor Eric Owens about UCLA’s student government “banning” the use of the term “illegal immigrant” included a rather bizarre photo montage. On the left are a bunch of people with signs saying “immigrants yes, illegals no. On the right were two mariachis.

I still don’t get it. But maybe I do.

Granted, I couldn’t care less about what Owens, a former State Department employee, wrote or how he wrote it, because when it comes to The Daily Caller, I don’t expect them to be that open to how diverse (more Latino) this country is becoming.

Their editorial strategy is simple: Latinos bad. White Anglos good. For example, this week TDC also published a sports piece with the following headline, “Study: Hispanic NFL players earn highest average salary”, and made sure to remind readers that “White players earn third most.” Psst… did they even bother to let people know that the NFL still doesn’t have a lot of Latino players in the league? Can you name 20 Latino players right now in the NFL? No? Can you name 20 white ones? You know the answer to that one.

This is also the same outlet that proudly features Ann Coulter (white), Mickey Kaus (white), Matt Labash (white), Ginni Thomas (white) all on its front page. TDC is not a diverse site at all. It is more of a privileged frat house/sorority mixer from the 1960s.

Nonetheless, the real desperate move with Owens’ piece had to do with the photo. Seriously? You are running a story about UCLA and, gee, I don’t know, you couldn’t use a photo of, let me see… UCLA? Too obvious for you? Such an image choice has been roundly criticized by Latino Rebels and also reported by HuffPost (FYI, HuffPost also said that TDC used the same image in an older story about “illegal immigrants”). When Owens was asked by fellow reporters as to why the image was chosen, he sent this classy Google Translate Spanish reply to HuffPost:

El Daily Caller es una organización que no tiene una posición sobre inmigración. Pero, nos encantan bandas de mariachia y acogemos favorablemente ninguna razón que podemos incluir sus fotos.

HuffPost translated it:

We appreciate the Spanish, though it’s a little broken. Our rough translation: “The Daily Caller is an organization that doesn’t have a position on immigration. But, we love mariachia [sic] bands and we favorably embrace no reason that we can include their photos.”

Pass the brandy, Muffy, we are being such cads getting a chuckle out of these Latinos!

Let’s face it: The Daily Caller has basically mocked anyone who called them out on their ignorance. And what is so interesting about it all is that they don’t care. You know why? Because the vast majority of Latino journalists and media types aren’t aware of the story, and if they were, they probably think that it’s just another overreaction by the “sensitive ones.” In the end, Latinos stay silent. I don’t know why this happens. But we have no problem in-fighting amongst ourselves. And then you wonder why Americans still equate Latinos with being “illegals” and “criminals.”

Look, Tucker and his people got those illegal mariachis back on the page! Send them back to Mexico!

That is why image matters, and Owens’ attitude about it sounds like TDC is just an exclusive little club of people who think that they are smarter and better than you. They truly don’t care what Latinos think, because they know that Latinos don’t read them. By clinging to the narrative they have crafted, it might work in the short-term, but it sure won’t work five years from now.

Yet staying silent about TDC’s Latino mantra only makes people like Owens and others in the TDC Privilege Club think that this is all fun and games. It’s not. Exposing ignorance about U.S. Latinos, immigration status, and being “illegal” is a 24/7 job. It is one that I hope more and more Latinos start embracing. Let’s show the desperate ones that their constant attacks stop right now. Who’s in?

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Julio Ricardo Varela (@julito77 ) founded in May, 2011 and proceeded to open it up to about 20 like-minded Rebeldes. His personal blog,, has been active since 2008 and is widely read in Puerto Rico and beyond. In the past 12 months, Julito represented the Rebeldes on Face the Nation, NPR, Univision, Forbes, and The New York Times.


  1. Reblogged this on Franky Benítez and commented:

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