Austin American-Statesman Shares 'Fact Check' Claiming It's 'False' They Omitted Suspect's Description 'Because He's Black'"Fact check" used to censor critics on Instagram and Facebook
Jun. 21, 2021
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The Austin American-Statesman on Monday published a Politifact "fact check" declaring it "false" that they omitted a shooting suspect's description "because he's Black."
The "fact check" was used to censor criticism of their paper on Instagram and Facebook.
As I noted in my report on their policy a little over a week ago, the Austin American-Statesman refused to release police's description of an at-large black male mass shooting suspect in Austin because they said it "could be harmful in perpetuating stereotypes."
Rather than address the actual issue, Politifact chose to go after a commentator for saying the Statesman didn't print the suspect's description "because he's Black" and declared it "false" as that can't be proved without knowing their newsroom's internal discussions.
From Politifact's report on Statesman.com:
Fact-check: Did a local report omit a suspect's description 'because he's Black'?This is the mugshot of Jeremiah Roshaun Leland James Tabb after his arrest:
Do you think police's description of the at-large "black male, with dread locks, wearing a black shirt and a skinny build" was accurate and would have been helpful at getting a killer off the streets?
The Associated Press Stylebook, a widely used guide for journalists, advises that news organizations should "consider carefully when deciding whether to identify people by race." Race is pertinent "in cases where suspects or missing persons are being sought," according to the stylebook, but only when "the descriptions provided are detailed and not solely racial."I rate this "fact check" as nothing more than a pathetic excuse to censor their critics.
I rate the Austin American-Statesman and Politifact as worthless propaganda organs that care more about advancing bulls**t narratives than reporting the truth.
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