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Media Watching Media: Are You Glad There Is More Scrutiny?

By using the term "Obama's Baby Mama" to refer to Michelle Obama, Fox News has once again caused outrage. Earlier this week we discussed how a Fox News host referred to the celebratory fist bump exchanged between Barack and Michelle, as a "terrorist fist jab." There seems to be a trend: news stations are making the news.

Today's Wall Street Journal examines how activist groups and everyday citizens are not letting these offensive statements slip by. The article states:

In a campaign that includes the first viable African-American presidential candidate, the lines of appropriate speech have become fuzzy. News organizations are under pressure from a broad network of self-appointed watchdogs, including organized groups like Media Matters and individuals. These watchdogs are likely to remain vigilant about gaffes, misstatements, and potentially biased language through the November vote.

Since this campaign season has started, news organizations have issued at least 10 apologies. Even if you don't find anything wrong with poorly chosen words on television, do you think the public benefits from at least knowing about these incidents?


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