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A week after NBC News announced it was capitalizing the 'B' when referring to Black people, CNN announced it would also capitalize the 'B' in reference to Black people and capitalize the 'W' for whites.

CNN announced its decision after viewers called them out for referring to Black people with a lower case 'b' on their website.

"When referring to the racial categories of Black and White, CNN style is changing to capitalizing both words," wrote Tim Langmaid, vice president and senior editorial director, in an evening email to staffers.

"Both words denote a racial or ethnic identity and therefore should be upper case when referring to a person, community, culture, etc., in the same way CNN capitalizes other descriptors of race, ethnicity and shared identity, including African American, Native American, Hispanic or Latino, Asian, Asian American, African, and other terms," he explained.

Blogs such as Sandrarose.com have always capitalized the 'B', but mainstream news outlets began adjusting their reporting style amid racial tensions following the deaths of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Breonna Taylor in Louisville, and Rayshard Brooks in Atlanta, at the hands of police.

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NBC News on Friday announced it was capitalizing the 'B' when referring to Black people across all of the networks' platforms.

NBC News is adjusting its reporting style amid racial tensions following the death of George Floyd in Minnesota.

Floyd, 46, died when a white officer knelt on his neck for nearly 9 minutes. His brutal death sparked protests across the country.

NBC joins BuzzFeed News, MSNBC, the LA Times, and USA Today who changed their style guides to capitalize "Black" when referring to Black people.

Capitalizing the 'B' for Black people has been debated by Black scholars over the years, but the debate was never taken seriously by the mainstream media.

Lori L. Tharps, of Temple University, made the case that "when speaking of a culture, ethnicity or group of people, the name should be capitalized."

In 2015, Tharps wrote an op-ed for The New York Times: "The Case for Black with a Capital B."

The Huffington Post wrote:

"I congratulate her for opening a conversation that is long overdue, a conversation that goes to the heart of how a large group of Americans with the most difficult of histories has struggled to express itself and gain greater agency in American society."

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President Trump rebuked an NBC News reporter who asked him what he would say to "scared" Americans during a coronavirus press briefing at the White House on Friday.

Trump called NBC News' Peter Alexander "a terrible reporter" after he asked the president to calm Americans who were scared of catching the coronavirus.

"I'd say that you're a terrible reporter. That's what I'd say," Trump responded. "I think it's a very nasty question and I think it's a very bad signal that you're putting out to the American people. The American people are looking for answers and they're looking for hope, and you're doing sensationalism..." said Trump.

When Alexander tried to get a word in, Trump cut him off and scolded the reporter for sensationalizing the news.. "Let me just tell you something, that's really bad reporting. And you ought to get back to reporting instead of sensationalism."

The verbal exchange came after Trump touted a malaria drug as a coronavirus "cure" -- a treatment that top government scientists have said is not proven or tested yet.

The antimalarial drug Chloroquine was administered to people infected with Covid-19 with good results.

Chloroquine was administered to AIDS patients in the 1990s and it was also given to patients during the SARS outbreak a decade later.

Chloroquine works by limiting the virus' capability to replicate itself inside the human cell. But it is not a cure and the harsh side effects means it's not for everyone.
 

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Working moms everywhere can relate to a NBC news correspondent who vent viral on social media after her son interrupted her live report on Syria.

NBC News correspondent Courtney Kube was live on the air reporting on the conflict in Syria on Wednesday when her son wandered over and demanded her attention.

Kube, who covers national security and the Pentagon, was discussing Turkey's incursion into Syria from the NBC News studios in Washington, D.C. when her 4-year-old son interrupted her.

"Excuse me... my Kids are here. Live television," Kube laughed while simultaneously pushing her son away.

Kube later explained that her kids were dropped off in the studio from preschool and, "Breaking news in Syria didn't line up with preschool drop-off, so he and his twin brother were with me."

Hopefully Kube's boss has a good sense of humor.
 

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