(Once again, Stephanie Miller Show caller, “Sue in Rockville,” tells it like it is about the Drumpf rallies and the violence, but mostly the worthlessness of our media. If you would like to post on this blog, drop me a line at pleasecutthecrap-at-gmail.com)
On the morning of Friday, March 11 an extraordinary thing happened. CNN televised a panel that condemned the violent incidents at Drumpf rallies.
While there has been much written about the assaults on freedom of expression and increasing violence at Drumpf rallies, the abject failure of corporate TV to condemn and hold Donald Drumpf responsible has been a true dereliction of duty.
If you Google the phrase “TV shows condemning violence at Donald Drumpf rallies,” the first 25 results yield only two from TV; result #7 is a clip of Donald Drumpf bragging that he would “like to punch a protester in the face!” and #9, not surprisingly, is a segment on Rachel Maddow’s program on MSNBC. However, a bit lower on the search, there is another. On December 11, 2015 WBAL-TV in Baltimore featured one short clip talking about Drumpf’s plan of deporting Muslims and his provocation of racial bias and fear.
Freedom of the Press was so important to our Founding Fathers that they placed it in The First Amendment of the US Constitution, in the Bill of Rights. It says,
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
From Thomas Paine and Benjamin Franklin until about 25 years ago, the guarantee contained in that amendment allowed journalists unfettered access, as well as the right to investigate & inform the citizens of the facts and the truth, regardless of consequences.
What’s happened in the past 25 years? As the Fairness Doctrine died and Infotainment became a substitute for actual, factual news, when TV anchors and reporters seriously and without reservation, held everyone, including the powerless AND the powerful, accountable, just SIX Corporations own and control of over 90% of all media on television. Therefore, it should have come to no one’s surprise when CBS News President Les Moonves was asked to comment on Drumpf 2/29/16 and crowed, “Drumpf may not be good for America but it’s damn good for CBS! Sorry, it’s a terrible thing to say but bring it on Donald Drumpf! Keep Going!”
We have seen increasing incidences of violence at Drumpf events and the abetting of that violence by Drumpf himself, his staff and even Security police in some cases. Despite this, Corporate TV maintained silence. What finally prompted CNN’s panel on March 11?
On March 8, according to reports, Drumpf’s Campaign Manager and Chief Thug, Corey Lewandowski, allegedly grabbed the arm of Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields very roughly and threw her to the ground for attempting to ask questions. (Source)
Aha! A direct assault on one of their own finally provoked a response on National TV. The craven pandering and special treatments and rationalizations by way too many in Corporate Media has finally given rise to citizen actions.
As tens of thousands of peaceful protestors banded together in Chicago to tell Donald Drumpf and his fellow racists that their hate was not welcome in their city, Drumpf showed himself for the sniveling coward all bullies truly are. He canceled the rally than ran to his sychophantic allies on Corporate TV to LIE & WHINE! As Bill Maher stated, “Drumpf loves the that no one is fact checking him!”
Maher is correct. Our comedians have become the trusted journalists of the 21st century. In a terrific segment on The Daily Show, “reporter” Jordan Klepper exposed every lie Drumpf spewed at his press conference on Tuesday March 7. Where are the Walter Cronkites, David Brinkleys or Edward R. Murrows? They are long gone, replaced by pathetic panderers like Joe Scarborough, who all but gets on his knees in supplication blessing Donald Drumpf, and Chris Matthews who engages in false equivalencies of “both sides do it” in his shriekings. We have witnessed the almost total destruction of MSNBC as being on of the few channels on which alternative points of view were aired.
We compare the hateful ravings of Drumpf by mocking and calling him DrumpFuhrer or Il Douche, but the complicity of Corporate Media in aiding and abetting the increasing violence by his supporters is no laughing matter.
My parents were Holocaust survivors. My father served in the Lodz Ghetto underground by monitoring radio broadcasts on very illegal hidden radio sets. The prisoners of the ghetto were forbidden to listen to any news. My dad would monitor them all night, mostly the BBC, then share updates on the course of the war with trusted members in his group. The information he learned proved vital to their survival and my father never stopped listening to the radio and news for the rest of his life. He died in 2003, just as the Bush/Cheney cabal began manipulating and pressuring all Corporate Media to conform or be called traitors!
There was a time when News divisions were not expected to turn profits. Many corporations had “skin in the game” and it was a healthy competition to uncover corruption scandals and holding the powerful accountable.
The failures of corporate media especially on TV will take time to fix and improve. Until then we all have to become Citizen Journalists. We can do this by doing our own research, our own fact checking and looking at sources that have credibility. Social media gives us platforms to spread the truth.
Until people like Rupert Murdoch, Les Moonves are either gone or change the culture of corporate TV I will continue to SPREAD THEIR SHAME AND TURN THEM ALL OFF!
Ask them, as Joseph N. Welch finally asked of Sen. Joe McCarthy:
“At long last, have you left no sense of decency?”