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FTW editor alleges a bunch of stuff after USA Today fires her over tweet

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Hot and Rickety, Mar 26, 2021.

  1. cake in the rain

    cake in the rain Active Member

    She seems like a delightful person.
     
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  2. wicked

    wicked Well-Known Member

    This needs an editor.

    Also the editor asking about being Indian... perhaps inelegant, but I think it shows an attempt by someone to reach out and discover what challenges people from a certain culture face. But what do I know. I’m not the wokest white guy around.
     
  3. dixiehack

    dixiehack Well-Known Member

    Yeah but if it is someone who never gave her the time of day otherwise, I can see where that would be off putting.
     
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  4. Patchen

    Patchen Active Member

    I get the objections to ORU's policies. Fine. Pouring cold water on a basketball team's finest moment for something it has no control over is tone deaf and lame. There are plenty of real targets out there. ORU in the Sweet 16 is not one.
     
  5. tapintoamerica

    tapintoamerica Well-Known Member

    I wonder if she could have avoided execution by rephrasing the offending Tweet so that it merely cited a stat. Instead of saying, "the shooter is probably a white guy," what if she had said something like, "Eight of the past 10 mass shootings have been by white men" and provided a link or other evidence?
     
  6. PCLoadLetter

    PCLoadLetter Well-Known Member

    Immediately after the shooting I would have bet the gunman was a white guy throwing a fit because he didn't want to wear a mask. I was wrong.

    Thankfully, I wasn't so goddamn dumb that I felt the obligation to tweet that prediction to the world.

    She's certainly right about having alt-right dipshits waiting for a chance to call for her head. I've seen that in my newsroom. We had to let a guy go who said something as a joke on a hot mic on a pointless live stream watched by about five people and every alt-right Karen and Kyle across the country emailed demanding his head. It sucks. It also means you have to be careful not to fuck up in a way that'll give them ammunition.

    And honestly... if one of her white colleagues had tweeted "Probably a Muslim guy" and it turned out to be a white guy and then deleted the tweet and apologized.... would she think that was enough?
     
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  7. Matt1735

    Matt1735 Well-Known Member

    She wouldn't? But the bosses would. And that's the problem.
     
  8. BurnsWhenIPee

    BurnsWhenIPee Well-Known Member

    For a Race and Inclusion Editor to tweet this, in the aftermath of a mass shooting ... "It’s always an angry white man. always," is a no-doubt about it, fireable offense.

    No questions, no excuses. It doesn't matter about her employment past, past Tweets, or even if the Tweet was correct.

    She, above all people, should know the impact such sweeping generalizations can have, and how it reflects on her and her employer when someone in that position makes them.

    The "doesn’t represent my commitment to racial equality" line smacks of the hollow "this isn't who I am" excuse that we all hear too much these days, and for her to claim she is being punished for challenging whiteness shows she really doesn't get it.
     
  9. cake in the rain

    cake in the rain Active Member


    Obviously mass shootings can be defined in different ways, but generally speaking it's black men -- not white men -- who commit a disproportionate number of them.

    So not only was her tweet racist, it was wrong.

    If she had said, "it's always a man," she would have at least been accurate, because except in extremely rare cases, it is a man.
     
  10. cake in the rain

    cake in the rain Active Member

    Do you seriously believe that?
    Anyone who tweeted that would be gone five seconds after hitting send.
     
  11. BTExpress

    BTExpress Well-Known Member

    Or perhaps looked at this link beforehand.

    Mass shooting database
     
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