Accuracy in Media

On ABC’s The View on Tuesday co-host Whoopi Goldberg addressed the recent use of the full “N-word” by CNN anchors and reporters, saying that using the term “N-word” makes it “cute.”

Barbara Walters asked Goldberg what she thought of Don Lemon of CNN who used the full “N-word” on his show last Saturday.

Goldberg: Well no, it’s not. No, he’s a reporter. And what reporters do is they report the news. And every time you make it the “N-word” it’s cute. It’s like, the “N-word.” But see, I feel very strongly about the word. Do not eliminate it. It’s part of our history. And every time people try to sort of make it sound better or more acceptable, let’s call it what it is. Let’s call it what it is.

Walters agreed with Goldberg that if it is a direct quote then a reporter has the right to use the whole word. But she, along with fellow liberal Joy Behar and lone conservative Elisabeth Hasselbeck, admitted to being uncomfortable using the word.

Goldberg also didn’t buy Behar’s argument that it makes a difference when a black says it versus a white, but she’s right.

Many blacks toss around the “N-word” as if it’s no big deal. Remember the hip-hop group N.W.A.?  They were making a point even though they didn’t use the real “N-word.”

CNN rightfully took some flak for their full use of the “N-word,” but largely received a pass from the mainstream media, because in the case of Don Lemon and Goldie Taylor, they are black and presumably if they use the word, it can’t be racist.

I bet that if it had been the conservative leaning Fox News that had used the full “N-word” and not the liberal leaning CNN, Whoopi would not have found using the word in either form cute or appropriate.

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