Title

The offensive line: Journalists’ use of words considered disparaging

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1-2018

Abstract

The First Amendment provides wide latitude in matters of freedom of speech and freedom of the press. What then should journalists make of a word that even the courts agree is disparaging to those whom it represents? And when that word is the nickname of a billion-dollar sports franchise in a multibillion- dollar sport, does it create a journalistic paradox between profit and principle? This chapter applies agenda setting and framing theories to the controversy surrounding the NFL’s Washington football team. The case study suggests journalists consider this issue as it impacts every aspect of the industry and society. Warning: This article contains words that some may find offensive.

Publication Name

Case Studies in Sport Communication: You Make the Call

First Page

234

Last Page

244

DOI

10.4324/9781315189833

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