This is the same outlet that refused to cover the Hunter Biden laptop because it wasn’t a “real story.”
National Public Radio has just published a new report about being careful which skin color you choose when adding an emoji to a social media post.
This is the sort of ‘woke’ nonsense you might expect from Buzzfeed.
Three writers contributed to this piece. Three:
Which skin color emoji should you use? The answer can be more complex than you think
Heath Racela identifies as three-quarters white and one-quarter Filipino. When texting, he chooses a yellow emoji instead of a skin tone option, because he feels it doesn’t represent any specific ethnicity or color.
He doesn’t want people to view his texts in a particular way. He wants to go with what he sees as the neutral option and focus on the message.
“I present as very pale, very light skinned. And if I use the white emoji, I feel like I’m betraying the part of myself that’s Filipino,” Racela, of Littleton, Mass., said. “But if I use a darker color emoji, which maybe more closely matches what I see when I look at my whole family, it’s not what the world sees, and people tend to judge that.”
In 2015, five skin tone options became available for hand gesture emojis, in addition to the default Simpsons-like yellow. Choosing one can be a simple texting shortcut for some, but for others it opens a complex conversation about race and identity.
“I use the brown one that matches me,” said Sarai Cole, an opera singer in Germany. “I have some friends who use the brown ones, too, but they are not brown themselves. This confuses me.”
Again, this took three writers.
Imagine being one of the THREE journalists who pitched this to an editor or being the editor going, "Yes, riveting take. Write it up."
I can't believe I ever wanted to be a journalist.
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A month before the 2020 election, NPR refused to cover the Hunter Biden laptop story from the New York Post, saying “We don’t want to waste our time on stories that are not really stories.”
— NPR Public Editor (@NPRpubliceditor) October 22, 2020
It gets worse. They repeated the claim that it was Russian disinformation. Yes, really:
The pro-Trump New York Post is owned by Rupert Murdoch, a steady supporter of the president despite recently casting doubt on Trump’s reelection prospects. The lead reporter was a former producer for Sean Hannity, Trump’s best friend on his favorite news network, Fox News, also controlled by the Murdochs. And the story asserted the existence of a meeting absent any documentation that it actually occurred. (The Biden campaign says the tabloid never sought comment on the veracity of the claims.)
The context also screams for caution: U.S. officials say Russian disinformation campaigns have sought to keep Hunter Biden’s business dealings in Ukraine in the public eye. According to The Washington Post, intelligence officials warned the White House last year that Russian operatives had sought to give misinformation to Giuliani to be used against the Bidens. And NBC is now reporting that the FBI is investigating whether the material in the New York Post story originated in a foreign power’s disinformation campaign.
With all these warning signs, other news organizations, including NPR, have held back. Reporters who shared the New York Post story on social media found themselves denounced by Democrats and even many of their peers. Twitter blocked and Facebook restricted the spread of the story, rare moves that gave conservatives a chance for outrage regardless of the merits of the reporting.
Hunter Biden laptop? Not a real story. Russian disinformation.
Racist emojis? Three writers.
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