Anyone who’s feeling a little confused about the “alt-right” can take comfort in knowing that even the professional journalists who can’t seem to stop writing about the movement/phenomenon need a little help settling on just what it is.
Both the Associated Press and the New York Times recently issued some guidance for their reporters.
The VP of Standards at the Associated Press has written a post about writing on the "alt-right": pic.twitter.com/5Ma6OZFW2a
— Ben Harrison (@6BenHarrison) November 28, 2016
— Clifford Levy (@cliffordlevy) December 2, 2016
Not surprisingly, the New York Times saved the punchline for last: “We’ll be doing much more reporting on this topic, so … our readers will get a full, unvarnished picture.”
Any questions? Yes, here’s one. Why, exactly, does the Times assume it will be doing “much more reporting” on the alt-right? As promised, the paper came through over the weekend with a lengthy piece on the “alt-right makeover” now that the movement’s image has risen — courtesy of media reports.
A look at the so-called alt-right movement: "We don’t have any power — but now we’re close enough to smell it” https://t.co/lpXLmkWwrF
— The New York Times (@nytimes) December 12, 2016
Before the New York Times and other media outlets set up a dedicated desk to churn out more profiles, a new poll by Pew Research Center might be worth reviewing. According to Pew, a majority of Americans haven’t even heard of the alt-right movement.
— Pew Research Center (@pewresearch) December 12, 2016
It seems Pew is on to something.
— W. Clark Boutwell (@WClarkBoutwell) November 28, 2016
@CNN can you put it your agenda to explain to the majority of trump voters what the "alt-right" is? Most of us never heard of it before.
— Joby hanson (@joby_hanson) December 2, 2016
I never heard of the Alt-Right until just a few weeks ago, and I was introduced to it by Dems/Libs/Progs. I skeeve it. Just sayin'…. ?
— George Cronk (@george9252) December 3, 2016
I never heard the term "alt-right" until it came out of HRC's mouth. https://t.co/D1bTTWD4YK
— Glenn The Old Biker (@Oldbikerfirst) December 4, 2016
— Paul Bedard (@SecretsBedard) December 12, 2016
Well, then — time for a lot more stories about the alt-right, even if reporters can’t nail down what the term means.
The MSM that got Election 2016 all wrong is now pumping out stories on the alt-right and fake news in an effort to mask their failures https://t.co/tctzR8WcQL
— Cameron Gray (@Cameron_Gray) December 12, 2016
— Nick (@9Joe9) December 12, 2016
Alt-right, fake-news, now Russia hack. All these noises indicate the left is still not grasping the reality that we have rejected them.
— Ming Szeto (@myszeto) December 12, 2016
@nytimes There are like 5000 of them nationwide, stop your antics. I love the picture of the classy trailer park home, though.
— jim wampler (@jameswampler1) December 12, 2016