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PostPosted: 23 Jan 2008, 16:35 
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White Supremacist Spin at USA Today 1/23/08 USA Today twice (1/16/08; 1/21/08) allowed racist spin to go unchallenged when it identified a white supremacist group that organized a small anti-civil rights rally on Martin Luther King Day only as a "white ‘‘pro-majority’‘ group." The Nationalist Movement mustered about 30-50 people in Jena to protest both King Day and the 20,000-strong protest held in September in support of civil rights. Other news organizations that reported on the Nationalist Movement’‘s January 21 demonstration accurately identified the Nationalist Movement as a white supremacist group. An Associated Press Online article (1/22/08), published under the headline "White Supremacist Protest in Jena, La.," referred to the "white supremacist Nationalist Movement." Similarly, an NPR report (1/21/08) referred to them as a "white supremacist group." The L.A. Times (1/22/08) and the Chicago Tribune (1/22/08), meanwhile, referred to the group as "white separatists." On January 11, USA Today reprinted an AP piece that referred to the Nationalist Movement as a "white supremacist group." In its two most recent articles about the rally, however, USA Today relied only on the group’‘s self-description as "pro-majority." USA Today’‘s most recent reports on the march were based on articles originally published in the Alexandria, La., Town Talk (1/16/08, 1/22/08). In the first Town Talk piece (1/16/08), the Nationalist Movement was said to "describe themselves as ‘‘pro-majority’‘ but are widely reported to be a white-supremacy organization." The USA Today reprint omitted this reference to the group’‘s racist orientation. ACTION: Ask USA Today why it covered a demonstration by a white supremacist group without clearly identifying the group’‘s racist orientation. CONTACT: USA Today Brent Jones, Reader Editor accuracy@usatoday.com 1-800-872-7073

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