Seattle Fears The Redskins

I’m not talking about the Seattle Seahawks or their fans, but rather the Seattle Times. Use of the word ‘Redskins’ is against company policy for reporters, as noted in The Washington Post.

To avoid insulting native American heritage, the Seattle Times decided to limit severely the use of the term Redskins in the paper — even if a team with that name will dominate news coverage this week. The Times will not use the moniker in headlines or captions. Reporters can use it only once, as a first reference, in all stories. The Redskins will be referred to almost exclusively as Washington — which could get a little confusing for local readers who also live in that state.

Greg Sheffield at Newsbusters shows a couple paragraphs from a Seattle Times story that illustrates the problem with the policy.

Marcus Washington plays in a different Washington, but he still can sympathize with Seahawks who feel overlooked. This is because Washington finished with 93 tackles, 7 1/2 sacks and one interception and, like the rest of the Washington defense, didn’t make the Pro Bowl….

The biggest advantage Washington quarterback Mark Brunell sees from his days at the University of Washington? “That’s one good thing about playing in Seattle all those years,” he said, “you get used to throwing a wet ball.”

The policy apparently doesn’t apply to columnists, as todays Steve Kelley column contains an astonishing four recitals of the taboo term…

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