I agree with the introduction to this article. I believe slapping the word “racist” to a person or title can become damaging. But, after a while, it begins to lose its effect and almost becomes meaningless due to the fact the word can be easily overused. The author makes the point that is not up to the person to decide what can be seen as “racist” or “racially insensitive”. There is a fine line between the two and they’re both subjective statements. What one person may believe to be racist may not be to another.
“We just have to do journalism” is a very powerful quote as it implies that modern-day forms of journalism aren’t what they should be. The author believes that it’s not to the journalist to report what may be “racially insensitive” or what may not be.
“Report. Quote, people. Cite sources. Add context. Leave” also expresses how the author feels in regards to the proper approach to journalism. The author feels no need to add labels to particular topics and would rather the news is published to the reader for the reader to make up their mind on the topic of discussion. It’s not for the journalist to decide what label to be applied.
The author believes there is a greater gap becoming more and more existent between fact and opinion which is causing a further divide between journalists. The author believes that they should purely report back the truth and allow the reader to make their interpretations.