In furious reaction to the President’s tweet on Sunday calling for “Progressive” Democratic Congresswomen who originally came from other countries to “go back” and help fix those governments before trying to change America, many outlets in the “mainstream media” have accused Trump of outright racism.
However, Keith Woods, vice president for newsroom training and diversity with National Public Radio, has a different perspective, asserting that “it is the job of the public, not journalists, to make this type of characterization.”
Woods made the claim during an edition of the Code Switch podcast and in an opinion article posted on the NPR website. The executive was careful to point out that he is not a fan of Trump. \He began by decrying how Trump once again “has used the sniper tower of Twitter to take aim at immigration, race relations and common decency. And once again, journalists are daring their profession to boldly call bigotry what it is: bigotry.”
“I understand the moral outrage behind wanting to slap this particular label on this particular president and his many incendiary utterances, but I disagree,” Woods argued. “Journalism may not have come honorably to the conclusion that dispassionate distance is a virtue. But that’s the fragile line that separates the profession from the rancid, institution-debasing cesspool that is today’s politics.”
Woods argued that the public can’t tell the difference between reporting and the never-ending editorializing on cable “news” shows. more here