President Donald Trump’s comment yesterday referring to “shithole” countries sparked discussion and reflection in our Washington and New York newsrooms, and around the world, as to when to use expletives and vulgar language in our news report.
We are living in an era of sophisticated propaganda coming from many directions, including various extremist groups, advocacy organizations and governments.
Sometimes it is necessary to quote from the propaganda of organizations such as the Islamic State group, or from governments such as North Korea. Before we do so, we should ask some basic questions.
UPDATED Aug. 16: We are adding “anti-Semitism” to the definition of “alt-right”; noting that the antifa movement that has been recently in the news actually has antecedents back to the 1930s; and adding some guidance on spelling and punctuation on the recently coined term “alt-left.” The post below includes these updates.