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Using The Term “Racist.”

Touchy subject — using the term “racist” while covering President Trump.

“Placing labels on speech by any public figure runs the risk of editorialization, and newsroom decision makers are wary of overstepping conventional norms,” writes Pete Vernon.

Bottom line: It’s time reporters do what columnists and opinion writers do, says Vernon.


Words Pushed Their Way Into Media Lexicon in 2017

Media lexicon expands in 2017: Ken Doctor lists words that “pushed their way into our lexicon.”

Example: Useful idiots. “We weren’t so sophisticated in years past in cataloging our types of idiots.” The term unexpectedly was reborn in 2017.