President Donald Trump is a racist. This is a straightforward statement of happening. It was true in 1973, when the Justice Department sued the company run by him and “his fathers” for discriminating against black potential holders; and it was true in 1989, when Trump took out a racist ad in New York City newspapers calling for the restoration of the death penalty in the case of the Central Park Five; and it was true on Thursday, when Trump referred to African nations and Haiti as “shithole” countries and wondered why the U.S. couldn’t get more immigrants from countries like Norway.
But news organizations, whose nominal business is putting genuine occasions on the page, don’t like announcing prejudiced happenings prejudiced. They prefer euphemism, length, coyness. A prejudiced slur was becoming “racially tinged” or “racially charged” observe, as if race itself were anything but the product of racism. One would think Trump is too oafish and precise for the old-time damping genteelism of the media. One would be wrong. With a few noticeable exclusions — CNN’s newscasts in particular, where Don Lemon and Anderson Cooper were refreshingly explicit — the media descended back on its usual circumlocutions.
A few patterns from information floors that either didn’t implementation “racist” at all or exploited it only when ascribing the characterization to someone else and not as a statement of reality 😛 TAGEND
The Associated Press: “bluntly vulgar language, ” “accused of racism, ” “the most controversial of his mentions: employing the word ’shithole, ’” “contemptuous blanket description, ” “charges that the chairman is racist.”
Los Angeles Times: “the slur, ” “cruder and blunter, ” “disparaging, ” “appalling, ” “insulting, ” “off-the-cuff, ” “outrageous, immature, inhuman and vulgar, ” “an attack on people of color around the world, ” “racially billed, ” “insensitive and highly offensive, ” “racial provocations.”