April 19, 2007, - 1:36 pm

Life Imitates Joke: NYTimes Laments “Illegal Aliens Hardest Hit By Slump”

By Debbie Schlussel
“Life imitates art” is a trite adage. But I’ve never heard “Life imitates joke.”
But that describes the New York Times. There’s an old joke:

G-d informs the leaders of the world’s nations that he will end the world tomorrow. The next day, the Wall Street Journal bears the headline, “World Ends Today, Market to Close Early.” The Jerusalem Post reads, “World Ends Today, Islamic Terrorism to End.” The Washington Post: “World to End, Women and Children Most Affected.” And the New York Times top headline: “World to End Today, Minorities Hardest Hit.”

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Unfortunately, it’s no longer a joke. Tuesday’s New York Times–for real!–featured this headline:

Housing Slump Takes a Toll on Illegal Immigrants

And the text of the article is even more absurd:

HURON, Calif. – Some of the casualties of America’s housing bust are easy to spot up and down California’s Central Valley.
From Fresno to Sacramento, big tangles of wire and PVC pipes clutter vacant lots in silent subdivisions, waiting for houses to be built – some day. Dozens of “For Sale” signs already dot the lawns across new residential communities. And right next to the ubiquitous billboards from builders are fresh signs offering homeowners help to avoid foreclosure.
But another set of losers is less visible: the immigrant workers, mostly illegal, who rode the construction boom while it lasted and now find jobs on building sites few and far between.

So, there’s a housing slump in California, and rather than worry about Americans and how badly they are affected, we worry about lawbreakers who shouldn’t be here. Or rather, the New York Times–the “newspaper of record”–does.
Yup. New, updated punchline for the joke:

New York Times Headline: World Ends Today, Illegal Aliens, er . . . Undocumented Workers Hardest Hit.

(Runner Up: World Ends Today, Bush, Democrats Lament that Comprehensive Immigration Reform Not Attained.)

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7 Responses

Jobs on building sites few and far between. What are illegal alien invaders to do? Go back to where they came from.

FreethinkerNY on April 19, 2007 at 2:17 pm

Just read the Times aricle. Unbelievable!! Poor woman had to join her husband in the fields. I just wish that after 32 years of marraige I could afford to have my wife stay home.

Jim on April 19, 2007 at 2:59 pm

I live in San Diego, where there’s somewhere between 10 and 20,000 illegal immigrants (and no, I won’t say undocumented workers- it’s simply more politically correct, issue-obusacating garbage)sneaking past the POE at San Ysidro every week.
I have no problems with immigrants coming to the US from any culture- only the illegal ones regardless of culture. It’s sheer lunacy that it’s allowed to continue, and a travesty that there are so many hand wringing excuse makers for it.

Mistress_Dee on April 19, 2007 at 10:59 pm

The way I heard the joke (from http://www.opinionjournal.com it was “World Ends: Women, Minorities Hardest Hit.”
NY Times

Ripper on April 20, 2007 at 8:46 am

They’re so good a framing and bricklaying I say put them to work building the almight fence that’s supposed to keep them out!

1shot1kill on April 20, 2007 at 9:04 am

laugh if you will, but there is a fencing company here in San Diego that got into serious trouble with “La Migra” because they were contracted to build part of the “fence” and they employed illegals.. go figure… Truth is stranger than fiction sometimes.

Mistress_Dee on April 20, 2007 at 3:44 pm

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