U of M media ethics prof on covering Trump 'If the shoe fits, if it's racism, they should use the term'

"This situation may possibly be trending toward the organizations having to take a stand."

Susie Jones
July 15, 2019 - 1:37 pm
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A University of Minnesota media ethics professor is weighing in on how news organizations are covering President Trump's recent tweets, suggesting that four congresswomen of color to go back to the "broken and crime" infested countries they came from. 

Some outlets have called the tweets racist, while others are attributing the tweets as racist to other organizations. 

"For many news organizations it's still seen that that making a conclusion that someone is racist, is an editorial statement," said Jane Kirtley, media ethics professor at the University of Minnesota. 

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Citing the Associated Press, she said news organizations should not use euphemisms. "If the shoe fits, if it's racism, they should use the term," she said. 

President Donald Trump shrugged off sharp criticism for his tweets branded as racist in which he says four outspoken liberal congresswomen of color should go back to their "broken and crime infested" countries. 

All are U.S. citizens and only one is foreign-born, refering to Minnesota Congressoman Ilan Omar who was born in Somali but is a US citizen. 

As far as coverage of the social media postings, Kirtley said news organizations must have a moral compass, and there are issues that cannot be debated. 

"For example, the Los Angeles Times has decided they will no longer support debate on the issue of Global Warming. For them it has concluded." 

Kirtley said news organizations trod a rather delicate line and that it's unlikely to get any easier. 

"It's not just calling balls and strike, this situation may possible be trending toward the organizations having to take a stand."

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