From CBS News in Minneapolis today:
Racist Notes Unite Students At St. OlafWhat are the chances that the administration will rescind the concessions it made to the mob due to the hate hoax? Slim or none?
May 11, 2017 11:42 AM
NORTHFIELD, Minn. (AP/WCCO) — A racist note left on a student’s car at St. Olaf College has been deemed a hoax, but some students at the southern Minnesota school say the incident resulted in action toward addressing minority student concerns. …
St. Olaf senior Daniel Katuka says the note brought the campus community together “in a positive way” in the face of an apparent threat.
Students staged a boycott and submitted a list of demands to administrators to confront racial problems on campus.
Shouldn’t news organizations adopt the custom of appending “purported” or “alleged” to all such hate incidents until they’ve been proven to be true? E.g., “the purported hate speech.” And after they’ve been debunked, shouldn’t they use “pseudo”? As in:
Pseudo-Racist Notes Unite Students At St. Olaf