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More political correctness from the leftist media. This is classic insanity...and the media doesn't lean left? Imagine if police departments started doing the same thing. "We have report that some guy wearing a white shirt and blue jeans shot someone, but because we're politically correct we can't tell you the race." Wow...thanks, that narrows it down quite a bit.

Race IS important when identifying a criminal suspect. In terms of the crime, race as a part of a description is useful to the public to help catch the perpetrator of a crime.

What is the media afraid of anyway? Reporting facts?


When Should Race Be Reported?
Tuesday, June 29, 2004

NEW YORK — A shooting on a New York City subway left one man dead last week — a violent crime not unusual in a big city. But what is different is how it was reported.

Two newspapers said police were looking for two "black men" and gave detailed descriptions of what they were reportedly wearing.

But The Associated Press reported a description of the suspects' clothing but not of their skin color.

The Associated Press wouldn't explain why the description of the suspects' race wasn't included but a spokesman told FOX News they follow established guidelines, which read:

"Identification by race is pertinent when it provides the reader with a substantial insight into conflicting emotions known or likely to be involved in a demonstration or similar event."

The media has often been blamed for letting political correctness and social sensitivity cloud the facts of a story. Bob Lichter of the Center for Media and Public Affairs (search) said a proper balance is important.

"It's good that journalists are racially sensitive, but you don't want racial sensitivity to trump basic factual reporting of the news," Lichter said.


Blogger eskadoni said...

i don't see how this proves they are liberal. this just proves they are way to politically correct.

June 29, 2004 at 2:38 PM  
Blogger Liberal_Slayer said...

Political correctness is a liberal mainstay.

June 30, 2004 at 8:55 AM  
Blogger eskadoni said...

not rampant political correctness. that is like harnessing all conservatives with the actions of religious fanatics.

June 30, 2004 at 12:40 PM  
Blogger Liberal_Slayer said...

Name one conservative that is politically correct.

July 1, 2004 at 1:20 PM  
Blogger eskadoni said...

i don't see the point, but i will. my father calls what used to be called indians native americans, black people african americans, and tries to always differentiate between what arabs are doing what.

i think the problem here is that you are blasting political correctness in general when you are mad about outrageous or silly examples of it being taken too far.

July 1, 2004 at 5:03 PM  
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