Thomas Jefferson University Research Magazine

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Racism in the Media



Always tell both sides of a story—that’s the old journalism axiom. But, too often, that approach gives equal standing to facts and unsupported claims, and that false equivalence creates public confusion about complex issues ranging from climate change to economic inequality to health care. “More than that, there is evidence that blind insistence to ‘both-sides’ reporting can invalidate marginalized voices, reinforce racist stereotypes and contribute to structural racism in the media,” says Letrell Crittenden, PhD, assistant professor of communication.

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