Dallas News, powered by The Dallas Morning News, decided to write an article titled, “The ACLU needs to keep defending hate groups’ rights, armed or not,” and set their featured picture of a vigil for Heather Heyer assembled by Dallas’ chapter of Democratic Socialists of America (DSA).
Local activists reached out to the writer, Michael A. Lindenberger, to request the removal of the vigil picture because they did not feel that a picture of their vigil for Heyer was appropriate for the topic being discussed in the article.
“The picture was included because it demonstrated the fierce debate over the statues and related issues, not to suggest your group is a hate group, nor does it say so,” was the response DSA received from Dallas News.
The request for the removal of the picture was made at 11:45 AM (CST), got a response from the publication, Dallas DSA put up a call for action on their Facebook, and was replaced at 12:40 PM (CST).
After it was replaced, DSA received this email:
We’ve taken that photo down, and replaced it with another.
It was never the intention to suggest that the group depicted was a hate group and indeed the caption makes very clear it isn’t. But unfortunately given the way the photo was rendered, the caption didn’t show up.
For that reason, and considering the headline refers to other hate groups, I think it’s a good idea to replace it, and we have.
Michael A. Lindenberger
Editorial Writer and member, Editorial Board
The Dallas Morning News
508 Young Street
Dallas, TX 75202
“We’ve seen an upsurge in both the right and by liberal pundits to qualify our movement as ‘alt-left’ and exchange talking points as a way of undermining our credibility. I’m grateful that our community is quick to push back on those false narratives and demand complete transparency from people and institutions with large followings,” Kristian Hernandez, organizer and co-chair for DSA North Texas, said.
“The day we don’t question what the media is writing is a day democracy dies.”
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