State of Play: Jackson Criticizes Obama
First the news broke that Jesse Jackson was caught criticizing Barack Obama on an open microphone. Even before we knew what he said, Jackson was on CNN apologizing for his "crude" remarks. Fox News, which had the tape, hyped it all afternoon before ultimately airing Jackson’s rebuke for Obama: “See, Barack been, um, talking down to black people on this faith based…I want to cut his nuts out.” Fox bleeped out the word "nuts," and other news organizations found creative ways to avoid the slang term.
The flap no-doubt raised journalistic ethics discussions in newsrooms nationwide as editors debated printing Jackson’s comments. Interestingly, major media outlets are going in many directions with their coverage. Mainstream newspapers were far more conservative than tabloids and TV networks.
Nuts! Jesse blasts Obama with snippy jab (New York Post)
Jesse’s Rant: Jackson trashes Obama in vulgar tirade (New York Daily News)
Does Jackson resent Obama? (ABC News)
How Jackson goof helps Obama (MSNBC)
Jackson says remarks ‘hurtful and wrong’ (Chicago Tribune)
Jackson regrets vulgar Obama comment (Politico)
Jesse Jackson Apologizes for Remarks on Obama (The New York Times)
Rev. Jackson Apologizes To Obama (The Washington Post)
Jesse Jackson apologizes for crude remark about Obama (Los Angeles Times)
Jesse Jackson Apologizes To Obama (CBS News)