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Fox Station in Orlando calls Neo-Nazis a "civil rights group"

1:28 pm - 04/08/2012
Yes, really:

Civil rights group patrolling Sanford

Florida members of the Detroit-based National Socialist Movement tells FOX35 they are patrolling the streets of Sanford.

The white rights organization says several Sanford citizens have called on them fearing their safety.

The group's commander talked with FOX35 Saturday about their presence in the now racially divided Florida town where Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by George Zimmerman.


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It's nice to know that supporters of a genocidal, racist fuckwit like Hitler are just a bunch of harmless civil rights activists. Stay classy, Fox.

UPDATE: The original headline got a lot of notice, being mentioned at blogs like Firedoglake and Little Green Footballs, and was even re-tweeted by Charles M. Blow of the NYT. Fox Orlando's reaction? Changing the headline.

The new article: White rights group patrolling Sanford

Hey, Fox? It's okay to call them Nazis. That's what they call themselves.
spyral_path 8th-Apr-2012 07:11 pm (UTC)
Internalized racism FTW. Or she just really wants to keep her job.
redstar826 8th-Apr-2012 07:37 pm (UTC)
is it typical for the article writer to create their own headlines, or are they added later by an editor (or I guess in this case whomever is putting the stuff on the website)?
spyral_path 8th-Apr-2012 07:53 pm (UTC)
I've heard that headlines are added by editors, but it's hard to believe she wasn't aware of it and had no say at all in the matter. That's her name and picture next to that headline and her reputation as a journalist on the line. You'd have to be a neo nazi yourself or an idiot completely ignorant of history to think neo-nazis are a civil rights group.

Edited at 2012-04-08 07:56 pm (UTC)
blondebeaker 8th-Apr-2012 09:21 pm (UTC)
Yup, editors make the headlines for the articles. I worked at a newspaper for a summer in high school. This was probably because it was a small town paper, but I remember the reporters there being allowed to give input on what the headline before publishing.

But that was print not television journalism so I don't know wtf they do.
liret 8th-Apr-2012 09:21 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure what her being 'aware' of it would signify - I'm sure she can see it on the website now, but there isn't usually consultation process with an author when an article is being put up. She wrote the story and turned it in, the editing and headline are then in the hands of someone who's 'publishing' it, in whatever format. (That's why the same article can appear in different places with different headlines.)
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