Cash speaks without a translator
language of journalism can be inexact. Sometimes people read their quotes in the
paper and dispute themselves, or they feel a reporter misunderstood their quote.
Such appears to be the case with Rep. Russell Pearce, R-Mesa, who says he didn't
mean to demean all businesses that use Spanish, particularly the car dealership
run by his fellow anti-illegal immigration crusader, Rusty Childress.
Childress offers Spanish information on his Web site, and even at the height of the Protect Arizona Now campaign, had a big banner outside his dealership on West Camelback Road that read, "Se habla Espaņol."
While not saying he was misquoted, Pearce wrote in an
e-mail this week that he wasn't referring to businesses that speak Spanish.
Instead, he was talking about those who hire employees illegally. He didn't
respond when asked specifically for his personal feelings about businesses that