The Racism Beat
- Cord Jefferson writes about the repetitive mental strain of being a writer on racism.
As the "ground zero mosque"
story approaches bipartisan consensus
, thanks to unexpected statements
by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (joining a growing opposition
), several journalists trace the origins
of how the Park 51 community center became(warning: CNN) a toxic subject
. What they found was Pamela Geller
, a blogger at Atlas Shrugs
, who has some very interesting vlogs
. You may previously know her from this cozy 2006 interview
with Bush's infamous anti-UN UN ambassador John Bolton
My gut reaction was that the story--although a legitimate consumer complaint—seemed to reinforce a cultural stereotype about Black people and chicken. I know for a fact that no one on our staff meant for that to be the point of the story, but the fear that we would be accused of this sounded an alarm to me. It’s sad that I even had to worry about this.
Last week a couple of Popeye's restaurants in Rochester ran out of chicken. And local ABC affiliate WHAM decided to run a story
. Some people complained
, and WHAM responded
. Warning: Second link contains some idiocy.
Have the wheels come off the straight talk express
? At least one sleeping giant woke up today: the NYT finally gives Sarah Palin a thorough vetting
and the results aren't pretty. The McCain campaign's aggressive - and many say dishonest - tactics in promoting Palin may have sparked the beginnings of a media backlash
. Camp McCain's reaction: We don't care and intend to stay on offense
. And about that offense, they will soon have some help: Group With Swift Boat Alumni Readies Ads Attacking Obama
. How low will things go? At this week's Values Voters Summit, 'Obama Waffles' with racial stereotypes
were all the rage.
Looting vs Finding
Chris Graythen, an AFP photographer in New Orleans (skip down to his post) who shot the photo of two white people "finding" goods in the floodwaters, defends his caption. "These people were not ducking into a store and busting down windows to get electronics. They picked up bread and cokes that were floating in the water." Meanwhile, the editor for the photog of the "looting" image says that he actually saw the looting occur
. "'He saw the person go into the shop and take the goods,' Stokes said, 'and that's why he wrote 'looting' in the caption.'"
"gathering riven by hate"
becomes "United Nations meeting on racism."
it's the same article in the Times, same writer, only rearranged and with less bias. on the front page of the Times, the latter has replaced the former.
does this happen often? can't they just get it right the first time?