CNN Omits Homophobia In Report On Alec Baldwin's Twitter Rant
***UPDATE: A copy of Baldwin's tweets can be seen here. *content warning*
In a lengthy 400-plus word story covering Alec Baldwin's homophobic Twitter-rant Friday, CNN makes no mention of the fact that the actor's rant, which was directed at a journalist, was homophobic. The headline reads, "Alec Baldwin launches Twitter rant against journalist." The story opens this way:
Alec Baldwin is at it again. And this time, a journalist is on the receiving end of his expletive-filled rant.
The actor waged a war of words with a Daily Mail journalist over a report alleging Baldwin's wife was tweeting during actor James Gandolfini's funeral Thursday.
It is nine paragraphs before CNN informs its readers that Baldwin called the reporter a "toxic little queen." But CNN chooses not to put this tweet in the context of a gay slur. Furthermore, CNN makes no mention of the actor saying that reporter would "dig" having a foot up his "ass," or Baldwin calling the reporter a "bitch" several times.
To understand the journalistic malpractice going on here, you have to imagine CNN writing about actor Mel Gibson's anti-Semitic rants in the same way, without headlining or leading with that context.
A search on the CNN website under "Paula Deen" results in five pages of stories covering her alleged utterance of a racial slur years ago -- 17 of those stories make mention of the racial slur in the story's headline.
In July of 2012, CNN suspended their own staffer, Roland Martin, for a series of tweets GLAAD interpreted as homophobic. No objective look at Martin's tweets would put them anywhere near the same ballpark as what we just saw from Alec Baldwin.
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