- — Clay Shirky (@cshirky)Sat, Apr 09 2016 15:39:35You could reply "Duh. He and many of his policies & supporters ARE racist." But the odd bit isn't that its true, its that press now says so.
- — Clay Shirky (@cshirky)Sat, Apr 09 2016 15:43:36But something's changed in 2016. Fortune can write about "Donald Trump’s Social Media Ties To White Supremacists." http://fortune.com/donald-trump-white-supremacist-genocide/ …
- — Clay Shirky (@cshirky)Sat, Apr 09 2016 15:44:10The LA Times editorial board can say, of Trump, "He is a racist and a bully, a demagogue." http://www.latimes.com/opinion/editorials/la-ol-donald-trump-unsuited-to-be-president-20160302-story.html …
- — Clay Shirky (@cshirky)Sat, Apr 09 2016 15:44:32U.S. News & World Report, famously staid, recently called on the GOP "to denounce Donald Trump's blatant racism." http://www.usnews.com/opinion/blogs/nicole-hemmer/articles/2016-03-01/the-gop-needs-to-stand-against-trumps-racism …
- — Clay Shirky (@cshirky)Sat, Apr 09 2016 15:46:07In '02, Trent Lott lamented that Strom Thurmond (a racist when that meant calling the dogs out) hadnt become President. The press ignored it
- — Clay Shirky (@cshirky)Sat, Apr 09 2016 15:46:55Bloggers didnt ignore it, keeping the story alive until the press had to start asking Lott for his reaction ("We have no idea who's right!")
- — Clay Shirky (@cshirky)Sat, Apr 09 2016 15:47:31Ed Sebesta had been tracking Southern politicians public speeches. Lott had been saying racist shit to pro-Confederacy groups for *decades*.
- — Clay Shirky (@cshirky)Sat, Apr 09 2016 15:48:18Now though, even the GOP is attacking its own frontrunner ('its own' is tricky, in this context) because he's not part of the establishment.
The mainstream U.S. press has recently become willing to label a leading politician racist. Can this last?
@dfreelon: "Now that we've seen them perform well on this most egregious of cases, let's demand better coverage of subtler ones."
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