Culture

Black Journalists Harassed on Twitter for Reporting on Trayvon Martin Tragedy

Thu., Apr. 5, 2012 7:37 AM EDT
by Yvette Caslin

Reporting the news and mainly facts seems to upset many CNN viewers. Well that’s the conclusion that many would draw if they read some of the Twitter rants that CNN’s Don Lemon and MSNBC’s and thegrio.com’s commentator Goldie Taylor received following their on-air coverage  “about the social fault lines the Trayvon Martin case has exposed.”
“Please don’t send me any more tweets that by having this conversation, I’m a racist or a race-baiter,” Lemon said during the broadcast. “This is a conversation we all need to have, so relax on that.”

Lemon referenced some of the responses “disgusting” and “ridiculous.” He read one tweet aloud: “Don Lemon, you are a racist. You are fixated on this one issue over and over. We want to hear the news, not your personal agenda. Go work for BET.”

“That was the nice one,” Lemon remarked. “He didn’t call me the n-word.”

Taylor said she has been met with similar responses for discussing the controversy. “I’ve been called the ‘N’ word more collectively, over the last 72 hours than I have my whole life,” she said. “It is amazing to me what people will say with the anonymity of a tweet.”

Lemon asked Taylor to elaborate. “I was checking my Twitter,” she recalled. “And someone said, ‘I’ll shoot you,’ and my response was, “You better be a quicker draw.”

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  • WHOAMIBYSC

    THIS IS TOO MUCH!…sHE LOOKS BEAUTIFUL THOUGH*TEARS*

  • TMW

    FREEDOM OF THE PRESS GONE TOO FAR…WOULD YOUR CHILD LIKE TO SEE THIS ALL OVER EVERYWHERE ABOUT YOU!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Karen-Denise-Adams-Anderson/1459517198 Karen Denise Adams Anderson

    Who gave them the OK????

  • Ssbarnett

    This is really out of line! Some people will do anything to make a buck!!!  SMDH

  • Atdowell

    I am dissapointed, appalled and hurt. Matthew 16:26 Says: for what is a man profited, if he shall gain
    the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul. Whitney will be rewarded according to her works. I am not worried about the mess that all of these people living in a glass houses and throwing stones. You judged you will judged as well. As for Bobby your blessing will come don’t write that book. If you do you will faced with a lot of down falls. Please look
    to your children they all need you. Whitney was apart of all of thier lives. I am sorry you were mistreated at your ex-wife funeral. That was not a good way for christians behave. Communication is the key…. Accomodations should have been made, However you don’t walk out… it is not about you. Except what your’re dealing with and pray.. No weapons form against you shall prosper… God will make the enemy your foot stool… Be a good father it is time. Much Love to Boobi Christina… I was in church when she was in distress I felt it and I drop down on my knee’s in prayer. I went home turned on the TV and my feeling were validated. Give Bobbi Christina Love and support with God’s help she
    well be fine. She seem like she has a wonderful family and the best Grandmother. Life is to short fix
    your small problem. If you would have died instead of Whitney That wonderful soul would have moved heaven and earth to help you. I feel everything is going to be ok in time. God Bless….

  • http://twitter.com/gwestdallas Gerald Flowers

    White People have a hard time being the Bad Guy. Thats why they go out of their way to mention that GZ is part Hispanic.