Journalists Target 'Illegal Immigrants'

Now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine:

What's the Word?

A member of the Diversity Committee of the Society of Professional Journalists says reporters should consider no longer using the phrase "illegal immigrant."

Leo Laurence notes the phrase is offensive to many Latinos and offers the terms "undocumented immigrant" or "undocumented worker" as alternatives. Noting the presumption of innocence in the Constitution, he says in the online magazine Quill that "only a judge, not a journalist, can say that someone is an illegal."

The Diversity Committee and the SPJ discussed the measure but couldn't come to a consensus, so no action has been taken.

Second Chance

In a recent call to the owner of the Philadelphia Eagles, President Obama offered praise for giving quarterback Michael Vick a second chance after he did prison time for running a dog fighting ring. Now the president is getting support for that call from an unusual place: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

PETA cites Vick's tour of the country giving speeches and apologizing for his crimes. The Washington Post reports PETA's president said -- quote -- "Obama's a sports guy. Vick's a sports guy. And comebacks and redemption can happen."

The animal rights group does not however approve of Vick's recent remark that he'd like to get a dog.

Going to Pot?

And a joint effort of sorts for a California food bank.

From November through Christmas Eve, a medical marijuana dispensary offered one joint to patients who brought in four cans of food for Second Harvest Food Bank.

The Santa Cruz Sentinel reports the dispensary collected 11,000 pounds of food and handed out 2,000 joints.