Matt Dixon, a reporter for Politico-Florida, in an article addressing the Trump-Biden debate, wrote that Trump gave a “shoutout” to a far-right hate group despite evidence to the contrary.
Dixon, who has been a reporter with POLITICO – Florida for over six years, chose the word “shoutout” to characterize statements made by Trump related to a question about racism during the first Trump-Biden debate.
The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines “shoutout” as “a public expression of greeting, praise, or acknowledgement directed toward a person or group….”
In the article titled, “Trump’s Proud Boy moment sparks Black outrage in Florida”, Dixon wrote in the first paragraph:
President Donald Trump’s shoutout to the far-right hate group Proud Boys is energizing black voters to turn out against him in the must-win state of Florida.
The wording implies that Trump initiated statements supporting the Proud Boys group.
But in fact, according to the transcript of the debate, Democratic candidate Joe Biden is the one who first mentioned “Proud Boys.” Trump responded to Biden’s comments.
This is not mentioned in the Politico article.
Dixon also wrote that “Trump stood on the debate stage in Cleveland and ordered the Proud Boys to “stand back and stand by,” creating a sense of urgency and outrage that could work in Biden’s favor.”
Dixon’s statement failed to detail the context of the exchange at the debate which included back and forth between Trump, Biden and debate moderator Chris Wallace.
The article was highlighted in the Politico-Florida Playbook newsletter which is produced and edited by journalist Gary Fineout.