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Don’t drag the kids into your “observations” on political leaders

A “Saturday Night Live” writer was suspended indefinitely after tweeting an “insensitive” joke about Donald Trump’s 10-year-old son, Barron.

Katie Rich was suspended immediately for writing the offensive tweet, a source told the Associated Press, after it triggered an outcry on social media, with many calling for a boycott of the TV show.

Rich later deleted the tweet, deactivated her account but then re-activated it on Monday, saying she wanted to “sincerely apologise” for the “insensitive” tweet and “deeply regret” her actions.

NBC had no comment, so let me – Please in the interests of your own career, “Don’t do it.”

Just to remind you 6. v) Editors must not use the fame, notoriety or position of a parent or guardian as sole justification for publishing details of a child’s private life.

http://www.editorscode.org.uk/the_code_2016.php