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The role of race in the recent hate-fueled violence — along with President Trump's increasingly brazen embrace of racist stereotypes and language — has highlighted the news media's struggles in talking about race, hate and other painful issues of divisiveness, Axios' Ursula Perano writes.
Driving the news: The New York Times came under fire Monday night for the first-edition headline "Trump Urges Unity vs. Racism" on an article about the president's remarks on mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio.
The big picture: Across the board, newsrooms have drawn backlash for their coverage of recent events.
Between the lines: The standards of journalism require us to avoid emotional judgment in order to provide a factual report. Describing statements or actions as racist when they are is part of factual reporting.
Newsrooms could improve in several ways:
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"The White House has told ICE officials to conduct dozens more workplace enforcement operations this year, a senior immigration official with knowledge of the conversations told CNN."
President Trump said yesterday on the South Lawn: "[T]his serves as a very good deterrent. ... And when people see what they saw yesterday, and like they will see for a long time, they know that they’re not staying here."
The Democratic presidential campaigns already have 50-state strategies online, driven by requirements of broad support to qualify for debates, Axios media trends expert Sara Fischer writes.
The Trump campaign also continues to spend heavily online, according to Facebook data from Bully Pulpit Interactive.
In El Paso, pallbearers wheel the casket of Angelina Englisbee, 86, a victim of last weekend's massacre, following her funeral mass at St. Pius X Church.
Sneak peek ... Sixteen 2020 Democrats (plus Beto by video from El Paso) are expected in Des Moines today for the Gun Safety Presidential Forum, organized by Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund after last weekend's massacres.
An innovation for our door-to-door times ... D.C. has "come up with an eye-popping transportation deal for people in some of the city’s lowest-income neighborhoods," the WashPost's Michael Laris writes:
How it works: "The city will pay the first $10 of the taxi fare, which ... covers about 3.5 to 4 miles, and officials have budgeted $65,000 for the pilot."
An earlier version of the Taxi-to-Rail program, which offered people east of the Anacostia River a ride to Metro in a D.C. Yellow Cab for only $3, had trouble getting riders, The Post reported last month:
Taxi-to-Rail "Quick Booker."
Giant panda mother Hao Hao holds one of her twin babies in her mouth at the zoo in Brugelette, Belgium.
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