It looks like Time Magazine has apologized for including the word “Feminist” in their poll for which words should be banned in 2015.
Here’s the text from the editor, Nancy Gibbs:
TIME apologizes for the execution of this poll; the word ‘feminist’ should not have been included in a list of words to ban. While we meant to invite debate about some ways the word was used this year, that nuance was lost, and we regret that its inclusion has become a distraction from the important debate over equality and justice.
Pitiful. Well, what should anyone expect from the media now days? Yes, I’m sure they probably received many complaints for including “feminist” in the list but what should have caught their attention were the number of votes it has received.
The apology is curious. Wasn’t there an editor somewhere on staff that approved the poll before it was published? I was going to say that there certainly had to be one, but on second thought, with the state of the journalistic profession these days, I really can’t say that for sure.
What I can say is that the apology is just another example of the media cowering to pressure to suppress a story, because the real story is embedded right there. What media integrity?
The story should be, “Why Do People Believe ‘Feminist’ Should be Banned ?” That would make really interesting reading.