A linguist for Reliable Sources?

A suggestion for Brian Stelter for tomorrow’s Reliable Sources show.

Find a linguist to do a quick study of reporting on the Colorado Springs shooter compared with the reporting on the Paris shooters, and tell us about the differences, if any in the language we use for home-grown terrorism.

In his or her opinion, what if the Colorado Springs shooter had been dark-skinned, would the language have been different? If he had been African-American? An immigrant?

What if he had been Muslim?

How different would the reporting have been?

My theory based on my own non-expert opinion is that we are far more tolerant of white American Christian terrorists.

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