Accuracy in Media

Karen Attiah, Global Opinions editor for the Washington Post, tweeted then deleted a message on Sunday that suggested that “white women” were “lucky” no one was calling for “revenge.”

“The lies & tears of White women hath wrought: -The 1921 Tulsa Massacre – Murder of Emmet Till – Exclusion of Black women from feminist movements – 53% of white women voting for Trump.

“White women are lucky that we are just calling them ‘Karen’s.’ And not calling for revenge,” Attiah wrote in her tweet to her 185,000 followers before deleting it but not before it was captured by many who found it inappropriate.

Attiah followed up on Monday by retweeting a message from Quinta Brunson that said, “When I tweet something and then delete it, it’s not because I regret it,” adding the comment “Same” without further explanation.

The Post’s social media policy that applies to Attiah states:

“Social-media accounts maintained by Washington Post journalists reflect upon the reputation and credibility of the newsroom. Even as we express ourselves in more personal and informal ways to forge better connections with our readers, we must be ever mindful of preserving the reputation of The Washington Post for journalistic excellence, fairness and independence. Every comment or link we share should be considered public information, regardless of privacy settings.

“Post journalists must refrain from writing, tweeting or posting anything – including photographs or video – that could objectively be perceived as reflecting political, racial, sexist, religious or other bias or favoritism.”

Attiah has not only violated the Post’s social media policy but has shown that she is not interested in being an objective journalist.


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