AP under fire for ‘racist’ transcription of Obama speechPosted: September 28, 2011
In the transcription of the speech, the AP transcribed the dialect used by the President instead of following proper AP style. The transcription reads as follows:
“Take off your bedroom slippers. Put on your marching shoes,” he said, his voice rising as applause and cheers mounted. “Shake it off. Stop complainin’. Stop grumblin’. Stop cryin’. We are going to press on. We have work to do.”
Hunter believed the dropping of the “g” was a discriminatory representation of the President. She referred to the grammar mistake as “inherently racist,” on the popular news network. The journalism professor and author took great offense to the transcription of the speech.
The AP reporter who filed the story counter argued that the President had made a point of leaving the “g” off the words, and the transcription was an accurate portrayal of the speech. The reporter believed that adding the “g” to the end of the words would subtract from the meaning of the speech.
Does this story stress the importance of using proper grammar and AP style in news stories, or the controversy an over reaction to the transcription?