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NBC asked reporters not to call Steve King’s comments ‘racist’
King doesn’t understand why ‘white supremacist’ is offensive, and NBC News doesn’t understand why he’s racist.
The reporters received an email on Tuesday that read, “Be careful to avoid characterizing [King’s] remarks as racist. It is ok to attribute to others as in ‘what many are calling racist’ or something like that.”
The Huffington Post said it confirmed the email with two NBC employees who shared it with them. It was sent by someone from the Standards and Practices team.
After Huffington Post published the email, however, NBC updated its policy, saying it was OK to call King’s comments racist, while mentioning his history of making racist remarks.
King, a Republican Congressman for Iowa, has a long history when it comes to this. He reportedly endorsed a far-right mayoral candidate in Toronto, and met with members of a far-right Austrian party, where he bemoaned the “decline” of Western civilization.
But it wasn’t until last week that he came under fire even from those who have supported him over the years, when he told the New York Times, “White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization—how did that language become offensive? Why did I sit in classes teaching me about the merits of our history and our civilization?”
He was removed from the Judiciary and Agriculture Committees on Monday, in what New York Times claims is a response to his remarks to the publication last week.
King also announced today that he would vote in favor of a resolution condemning white supremacy.
Samira Sadeque is a New York-based journalist reporting on immigration, sexual violence, and mental health, and will sometimes write about memes and dinosaurs too. Her work also appears in Reuters, NPR, and NBC among other publications. She graduated from Columbia Journalism School, and her work has been nominated for SAJA awards. Follow: @Samideque