Bad Disability Journalism: Police Fearmongering

This is a story about policing and autism that quotes police and people who coordinate “outreach” for an autism-related NGO. Harvey is not identified as autistic. The total number people quoted in this piece on autism and policing who identify as autistic is … zero.

This is far too common and defies basic 101-level journalistic practice. Journalists do write “about” others, which makes the industry fraught when it comes to representation. That’s a big meta issue. But the very very very very basic first step is what when writing about someone, quote them directly, reach out to that community directly.

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