[Ads-l] n-word update

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Mon Jun 22 21:12:54 UTC 2015


NPR found it necessary to "warn" listeners that they would actually hear
the word spoken by the President.

In an unrelated development, CNN reports that at least three prominent
newscasters (Megyn Kelly of Fox and Jake Tappert and Anderson Cooper of
CNN) have announced their resolve no longer to utter the name (or even the
initials) of D----- R---.

I seem to recall an interviewee after the Newtown massacre telling a
journalist she would not utter the name of killer-suicide Adam Lanza
because "It gives him power."

JL

On Mon, Jun 22, 2015 at 3:56 PM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>
wrote:

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> Even the BBC World News crawl carried the headline, "Obama Uses N-Word."
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> CNN has already devoted many minutes to a discussion of the President's
> utterance. At one point the question was raised of whether it's appropriate
> for white journalists to report it.
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> The journalists' answer was yes, but that doesn't make the question any
> less dumb
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> And just now, Professor Cornel West has heatedly declared Mr. Obama "the
> first niggerized President."
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> A black person is "niggerized," he explained (again heatedly), if they're
> too afraid to speak the truth about racism.
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> JL
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