TNS – More on the Teamsters vs. Mexican Truck(er)s Hubbub

I almost missed this one, but the authors at The New Standard have put the Teamsters in their place in a succinct and logical manner that I only wish I could have thought of.

Here are a few excerpts from the article, or hell, I may post the whole thing here. I’ve read The New Standard on occasion and have always been impressed with the logical manner in which they present their arguments.

This is one point I tried to make with the post concerning Mexican Carrier Statistics.

f we were on a mission to make Mexican trucks and truckers look good compared to their US-based counterparts, we could easily have cited accident figures, which make US trucks look bad compared to the Mexican vehicles that have driven in restricted zones on our side of the border. Even adjusted for relative numbers of vehicles, US trucks are involved in a disproportionately high share of overall accidents.

Concerning the racism that is apparent in this and the immigration debate, The New Standard has seen exactly what I am seeing and called the Teamsters on it.

“How did you go from a story on safety claims to one that questions whether there is a racial bias?” It’s called journalism, sir. We followed the story to its logical conclusions, analyzing the union’s arguments alongside hard data and viewpoints seldom heard in the mainstream debate on this issue. Journalism simply cannot rely on he-said/she-said accounts of issues. We check our sources’ sources. And when we did that, in this case, we found a tremendous amount of obfuscation taking place. And we called the Teamsters out on it.

Understandably, that must sting a bit.

They press the case one step further;

No partisan ever likes it when the facts of a case do not substantiate their position. That’s where good journalists come in. We didn’t set out to prove anything about safety records, so we were open to the story changing. And we didn’t set out to protect the Teamsters’ reputation, so when we reflected on the potential effects and biases of the Teamsters’ argument, we saw that protectionism, xenophobia and racism could well play a part.

And they got right to the meat of the matter with this comment against the Teamsters cornerstone argument. The fictional account of Mexican truckers as seen through the eyes of of the writer Bowden.

Regarding the alleged “disservice” we have committed against “everyone fighting the pilot program” – again, we take exception. It is our job to provide a service to the public, not to one side of any controversial issue. Maybe if you’re in the business of hiring journalists to write sympathetic articles precisely intended to bolster your own case, it is frustrating when someone comes along and takes a look at more than cherry-picked anecdotal evidence and sees a more-complex problem.

All in all, what I have been pushing all along, and the concept begin here at Mexico Trucker.