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CNN Reporter Goes Too Far With Racial Slur - How Much Is Too Much?

Shadow and Act By Sergio | Shadow and Act April 9, 2012 at 11:25AM

Every day there's something in the media that causes offense, but is this one that goes too far? Perhaps one of our regular commenters Nadine is on to something when, today, she said that American televison is trying to push this country into a "race war".
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Every day there's something in the media that causes offense, but is this one that goes too far? Perhaps one of our regular commenters Nadine is on to something when, today, she said that American televison is trying to push this country into a "race war".

As proof, check out this CNN news report in which a reporter, covering the recent racially motivated shootings of several black people in Tulsa by two white men, utters a profanity, and an ugly racial slur.

Now to make clear, she's quoting a comment from the Facebook page by one of the men accused of the crimes. But was it really necessary for her to actually quote the offensive comment?

Other networks, who are covering the same crime, have all also mentioned the Facebook page without quoting the words directly.

And it's interesting that CNN anchor Fredricka Whitfield doesn't call out the reporter for using the offensive language. Who among any of you would have let that go by without saying something?

I'm sure that, by now, CNN has issued an official apology and is hoping it will be soon forgotten.

But what do you say? Is this totally out of bounds, or are people making a mountain out of a molehill?


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