Paula Deen

The media's challenge in the time of Trump: Where to draw the line between free speech and dangerous rhetoric

The media's challenge in the time of Trump: Where to draw the line between free speech and dangerous rhetoric

Since the presidential election of Donald Trump last month, white nationalist Richard Spencer has been getting a lot of media attention. This week, news crews turned out in force to cover a protested speech he gave at Texas A&M University.

“I’m trying to normalize ‘racism,’ as you call it,” he told ABC’s Juju Chang.  “Absolutely I’m trying to normalize my ideas.”

It was Spencer’s second round of heavy mainstream media. Right after the election, at a conference promoting the creation of a white ethno-state, Spencer received wide coverage for the Nazi salutes that greeted his...

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