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Time For Equal Media Treatment Of 'Political Correctness'

from Columbia Journalism Review

Last month, I gave my Intro to Journalism class a lecture on free speech. We talked about the rights, power and responsibilities as members of a free and independent press. The lecture ended with a lively discussion, but the part that sparked the most engagement involved the term “political correctness.” The class came to define it as engaging in discourse in a way to minimize pushback or controversy. It was the best way of “fitting in” with certain politics. When I asked what type of politics a “politically correct” person usually has, the class pretty much unanimously answered “liberal.” But my follow-up question threw a wrench in their assumptions. What is something conservatives are politically correct about? Crickets. more

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