Dropping G's

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Last weekend, AP reporter Mark Smith, was looked down upon for one of the hugest errors a journalist can do. Dropping letters at the end of a word. In this case, Smith had dropped the G's in President Barack Obama's speech towards African American voters.
As an example, Smith wrote quoting President Obama "Shake it off. Stop Complainin'. Stop grumblin'. Stop cryin'. "
Many African Americans felt that this report was racist, including an African American author Karen Hunter.
Smith claims that he usually uses AP Stylebook, which does say not to use slang or dialect. Smith argues that President Obama was making an emphasis on dropping the G's, so that was why he wrote it as such.
"I believe I was respecting his intent in this. Certainly disrespect was the last thing I intended." States Smith to Mediaite.
Its very important for young journalist to not jump on Smith's band-wagon. Play it safe and always resort to the AP Stylebook when there is any doubt of whether or not you should write in a certain way.

Works Cited: www.poynter.org
Picture Cited: Creative Commons


Ben Rodgers September 28, 2011 at 10:06 AM  

I really doubt this journalist did this to offend anyone or seem racist. However i can see how this could be taken the wrong way. My feeling is people need to realize this is not a big deal.

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