The New York Times is almost quaint, in the era of Trump. It always speaks politely and uses referents like “Mr.” Trump, and it comes up with euphemisms for his lies and racist speech — probably because to tell the plain truth in a headline or sentence would make them sound exactly like the National Enquirer. “Trump Lies Again” or “More Racist Hate Speech From White House,” are words that the editors at the Times cannot bring themselves to write. And it’s understandable, considering that they’ve never dealt with anyone like Trump before, and 187 years of tradition is 187 years of tradition.

Unfortunately, what used to be hyperbole or clickbait on the part of the Enquirer is now, quite frankly, simply the way it is. Be that as it may, the Times previously referred to Trump’s racism as “racially infused speech” and their latest euphemism is “racially tinged.” They’re not the only ones with a Victorian sense of delicacy, NPR and the BBC are using “racially charged.” Maybe we should have a contest, what to call racial invective since we can’t bear to call it by it’s true name? ELLE:

 After the president tweeted incendiary, racially flecked things at three congresswomen of color, the international press descended upon Thesaurus.com en masse. Their goal? To figure out how to describe something we all can see but some refuse to say because there is nothing more impolite than calling someone a racist. Not even racism itself is more impolite than calling someone a racist. Can you imagine? As Dr. King wrote in his letter from the Birmingham jail, “Do things seem a little racially sprinkled here lately? No offense.”

The New York Times used “racially tinged,” as if race were the shade you had to dye a pair of pumps to match your bridesmaid’s dress. They also claimed that Trump “fans the flames of racial fire,” like he’s the villain in Backdraft. Excuse me, Blackdraft. NPR and the BBC have used “racially charged” as if Trump was an Energizer bunny stuffed with white supremacy.

Maybe these are headlines we’ll soon see, in this world of correctness over plain truth:

“Drove the AmeriKlan made car that needs to be racially charged every couple of hours.”

“Decorated his bouquet of hatred with a pleasing spray of freshly picked racial.”

“Amazing! This brave, no makeup, unretouched photo gives a glimpse of the president’s racial freckles!”

“President waved to old friend, Racismo Racisterman in the street.”

“Molecular gastronomy! The President’s submission to the final challenge was a race foam atop a tweet that had been sous-vided in racial juices and paired with a dehydrated dog whistle.”

“The president competed on the popular reality show The Amazing Racist.”

“Category is: Racially Reminiscent. 10s across the board.”

None of these media outlets are doing themselves, or us, any good by dancing around the truth. What is the problem with calling a spade a shovel here? Isn’t accuracy the first tenet of journalism?

It’s time to wipe the lipstick off this pig and tell the truth. If Trump was some regular Joe, a man in the street, talking this way, the news would report the plain truth, that a racist spewed invective in public. Trump doesn’t deserve to be treated deferentially. He hasn’t earned it, and in point of fact, other adults behaving with decorum and backing off merely enables him to be more outrageous. The era of Trump is not business as usual, and that’s been evident from the very beginning. The press needs to act accordingly, tear up all the style books, and tell the truth.

 

 

Liked it? Take a second to support Ursula Faw and PolitiZoom on Patreon!

Leave a Reply

16 Comments on "Trump Gets Away With Spewing Racism, Because Media Won’t Call It By It’s True Name"

avatar
  Subscribe  
newest oldest most voted
Notify of
CYNTHIA FEASTER
Guest
You are 1000% correct. The cowardice shown by some in the media and too many politicians is the reason why racism is in the DNA of the USA. So today trump is separating Central American migrant families, denying them the right to seek asylum here, treating them in all manner of dehumanizing ways, sexually abusing their children, all under the guise of discouraging them from coming to America; yet they are being detained instead of sent back to their home countries. Tomorrow he will come for African Americans and other people of color just like in the the good old… Read more »
P J Evans
Guest

I’m so very sorry you missed taking classes in US history before 1865. Racism has been part of the US since about 1690, when slavery was made hereditary in many colonies. It was there in 1787, with the “3/5 person” for slaves (of any color) but not indentured servants.

rory darjiit
Member
The NY Times in this era is weird, I agree. When I studied American history, there are all of these moments where the press goes to war against bad political leaders. Those are the clashes that stand the test of time and make papers legendary, right? Who remembers those times when a paper did nothing but write puff pieces during a bad presidency? As for the language itself…I know I’ll get flak…but I understand the journalistic thinking around the word racism. journalists have a responsibility to help a reader inform their opinions…not to make an opinion and force it on… Read more »
Concinnity
Guest

Journalists have a responsibility to report facts.
If someone says it is raining heavily outside and someone else says,’ No it’s sunshine, no rain’, it’s not the journalist’s job to report on ‘the rain controversy’.
It’s the journalist’s job to look out of the window and report on the actual fu#*ing weather.

rory darjiit
Member
Yes…I understand. But that’s where a journalist who is really concerned with their duty will encounter problems. It is hard to establish racist intent as a fact. In the case of these recent tweets…which I take to be racist, you take to be racist, and most reasonable people take to be racist…to say that it’s a fact they they’re racist requires a burden of proof that we’d have a hard time getting verification of from trump and his allies. Trump knows what he’s doing, and he creates the wiggle room he needs that prevents people from making outright accusations. Nonetheless,… Read more »
P J Evans
Guest

What do you need to prove about them?

rory darjiit
Member
Journalism ethics are not dissimilar from the law – both need standards that are followed regardless of whether it’s convenient or not, because both depend on consistency to remain useful. Journalists have very specific (and evolving) standards for using the terms racist or racism to describe something. Interestingly, these standards were updated in May because the AP felt that the dog-whistle nature of the way that racists speak was preventing journalists from being able to use appropriate wording. They reached out to minority journalist groups (like the Asian American Journalist Association and African American Journalist Association) and over the course… Read more »
Concinnity
Guest

“journalism organizations have an obligation to “embrace direct language and clear framing of important issues.”
Washington Post columnist Margaret Sullivan

Bareshark
Guest

And so, as our own Murf has pointed out, we have hit the escalation point of this sordid drama. Trump is getting louder, creazier and meaner with each Tweet. Sadly, some of our fellow travelers are reflecting that back in response, mostly, I think, out of fear. Yet nothing has been said that we don’t already know chapter and verse.

I get the impression that everybody, Trump included, is wanting time to hurry up and get to the end of this wretched chapter in our history. It’s up to us to make next year the “darkest before the dawn” moment.

rory darjiit
Member

While the entire show is a train wreck, I’m kinda looking forward to the episode where he runs out onto the White House lawn in his underwear, tossing KFC at protestors from a greasy bucket cradled in his arms.

(Sadly, I don’t think any of us would be THAT shocked if this occurred.)

Bareshark
Guest

My mother keeps looking forward to all that KFC and McDonald’s to clog his arteries in juuust the wrong spot near his heart or brain (assuming he has either organ).

P J Evans
Guest

If Tr*mp really wants out of the job, he could resign.

Bareshark
Guest

A man with his Stage 4 Narcissism? Do be serious, P J. Anything that makes him look bad is automatically off the table. He no more thinks about resigning than you or I would think about downing some food if we got too hungry. He’s going down with the ship, sadly, and we get to watch.

P J Evans
Guest

he said he didn’t want it; he hates it now, except for the “fun” stuff that’s not the most important part. He can do a reality show about it – somewhere else – and get the adulation without the headaches…and we can get a sane president.

Bareshark
Guest

Hey, that’s all true, P J. But trust me on this much…whenever you’ve got a condition like this, only what will satisfy the condition matters. Everything else, including what is ACTUALLY good for the person with the condition, is secondary. And the only “reality show” I want to see him in after this is state and federal court.

Darrel
Member

I’m of the opinion, that since the fascists/torchbearer’s groups have shown their appreciation for all the drivel Trump just spewed about our 4 Congress people, in feral comments of their own, the implication that these are personified statements of racism by our POTUS, RINGS ABSOLUTELY TRUE …

Trump’s true feelings are expressed everyday … PR/nonwhites, Border problems/nonwhites there as well … attacking our people of color ANYWHERE, especially OUR Representatives is criminal racism, simply because he IS the POTUS, and his words continue to carry his vile messages to the ears of children everywhere ….