Journalists get harassed after piece claims they sympathized with criminal gang

Slate’s Jamelle Bouie tweeted that he received hateful messages after published a story claiming he “sympathizes” with MS-13, one of the largest criminal gangs in the world. published an article on July 31 claiming that many media figures “presented sympathetic coverage” of the gang MS-13 after President Donald Trump gave “an impassioned speech … vowing to ‘destroy the vile criminal cartel.’” One of the media figures cited was Bouie, Slate’s chief political correspondent, who wrote that Trump’s speech “connect[ed] immigrants with violent crime” and “us[ed] an outright racist trope: that of the violent, sadistic black or brown criminal, preying on innocent (usually white) women.” Bouie was not defending MS-13, but rather highlighting the racial implications of Trump’s rhetoric.

Hours after the story was published, Bouie tweeted that he was receiving hateful messages because of the piece.

The Washington Post’s Philip Bump, who was also targeted by the article, also hinted at receiving harassing messages due to the report.