Posted 10 April 2012 - 09:02 PM
I don't think this has anything to do with journalism ethics. Susan's report was accurate, truthful, objective, impartial and fair and these are all principles of ethics in journalism. We have no idea why Fredricka apologized, she never gave a reason for it. Maybe she was just shocked and scared that heads will roll, maybe a producer yelled into her ear, who knows. I think she should not have done it, cause Susan didn't just say those two words out of the blue and it was clear those two words were a quote from someone else. Not to mention two CNN's primetime shows used those very same two words (and a third one) unbleeped on several occasions while reporting and discussing the Trayvon Martin story and racial problems overall. That apology looks very bad now, cause it seems like Fredricka (unintentionally) apologized for Susan's truthful reporting.
And please don't get me wrong, I'm not agitating here for profanities to become a normal cable news feature, I'm just saying this wasn't Joe Biden saying "big f***ing deal", where the f-word carries no real substance to be relevant for a direct quote. This was a racially motivated murderer spewing two awfully offending words that symbolize his crime. He could have said two or more different, but equally offending words that aren't on the cable TV black list and if Susan quoted those, no one would have apologized. Just like no one on CNN didn't even think of apologizing for reporting about ESPN.com calling Jeremy Lin a "chink", which is also a racial/ethnic slur.