“Opinion: Report On Racism, But Ditch The Labels” was an interesting counter argument against the labelling of Washington, D.C.’s own National Public Radio. Regarding President Donald Trump, the author of this article places “actual journalism” and “argumentative noise” head-to-head in an attempt to stop the, opinionated, labelling of the President a “racist.” He believes journalism should be strictly factual. Which would, in turn, challenge NPR’s statement claiming Donald Trump a “racist,” because it is not factual nor can be proven. Towards the end, he does seem to side with his fellow journalists by stating President Trump’s words “mirror those of avoid racist.” However, this was strictly to strengthen his argument because his words would, then, be factual and supporting.
Upon reading this article, I side mostly with the author. I do not believe NPR had the right to label President Trump a racist because it cannot be proven. Journalism is opinionated work, yes, but it must be factual or else it is just a rant from someone behind a computer. Additionally, this article challenges the writing of other authors, which I fully support. It is time for the news we read every day to be informative and factual at the same time. It would be a disservice to the people if any journalists did anything but use evidence to support their arguments. So what does that mean for journalist and the media? They must be held accountable for the work they put out. If one-sided, I do not believe they can say their work is “news.”