While I share the outrage that many people feel about Arizona’s new law requiring police to question anyone they think looks like an illegal immigrant (mainly Mexican), I still feel that journalists need to try to be as objective as is humanly possible in reporting this story. I don’t mean creating a false balance between those who support and oppose the law. Journalists can still quote experts on the law’s potential for civil liberties abuses. But reporters shouldn’t let their own animosity toward the law cloud their thinking and distort their coverage. News organizations need to tell us what the fact are — what does the law say, what problem is it supposed to address, what is its context, what do the best experts on either side say are the main arguments for and against it, and how are ordinary citizens responding? There is always a danger of overreaction by either side when emotions run high. Journalists need to keep calm and stick to the facts, and let the chips fall where they may.