I’m going to jump on my soap box and rant. You won’t hurt my feelings if you don’t read this, but if you do, don’t say you weren’t forewarned. Opinions are mine alone.
I don’t usually watch the network evening news. It’s too full of puff pieces and hypersensationalism for my liking. But for whatever reason, I turned on World News Tonight with David Muir two nights ago.
Ten minutes in and I was ready to throw my television into the next state, after I put my fist through it first. Muir was reading a story about the previous day’s events in Dallas. They cut to a picture of Hillary Clinton, smiling, then cut to a second picture of the presumptuous democratic nominee looking thoughtful. Then, to be “fair,” they showed one, only one, picture of Donald Trump and they chose one where he looked angry. Muir introduced a videotape in which he appeared to be interviewing Clinton – at least it looked that way, it could’ve been edited. But Trump wasn’t interviewed, instead they played a pre-recorded statement of his.
Clinton was made to look caring, Trump, not so much.
What the fuck?
What happened to giving equal time to each presumptive POTUS candidate? My first thought was Muir must’ve been promised a position in Clinton's cabinet if she’s elected. I don’t fucking care whether or not you agree with their politics, give each candidate equal time and this was not equal time; this was a ridiculously obvious bias towards the democrat.
This is hardly the first time, but I’m starting to see more media bias aimed at Trump. The Washington Examiner recently posted an article citing 11 times Trump was called a racist in the New York Times. I didn’t see one where the democrat was called a racist.
In case you're wondering, I’m voting for Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson. He’s actually talking about the issues but getting little coverage for it because the issues are so, well, dull and non-ratings getters.
I know journalism’s all but dead, but to watch such blatant partiality turns my stomach.
I went to college for journalism; I wanted to be a television producer. I actually had this quaint notion of presenting the facts to viewers and let them formulate their own opinion. Don’t laugh, there was a time when facts actually counted for something.
My goal was trashed on June 17, 1994. You may not remember the date, but I’d be shocked if you didn’t remember the event.
On June 17, 1994, Al Cowlings was driving a white Ford Bronco, and O.J. Simpson was hiding in the rear seat. News helicopters broadcast live footage of the nearly two hour chase which ended in front of Simpson’s Los Angeles home. Five days earlier, Simpson’s ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman were killed; detectives found evidence linking Simpson to the crime.
America was fixated on the news; I was appalled, this was NOT news. To me, “the chase” represented a huge seismic shift in reporting towards the sensational. I almost left journalism school; instead, I changed my focus to public relations.
Today’s media is a fucking joke and objectivity is a thing of the past. Facts? What facts? Fact checking takes time and when newspapers and television stations are in competition with the average person and a smartphone, something has to be sacrificed in order to stay relevant and facts are the sacrifice.
Last week, two horrific shootings occurred, one in Dallas, the other in Minneapolis. I’m not going to cover the stories, but I’m going to touch on the media bias against police officers.
If you watch the news, cops are all scheming, taking money under the table and killing indiscriminately. That’s pretty shitty. The reality is there are good cops and bad cops, just as there are good and bad people in any line of work.
Have you ever stopped to think why people become police officers? Maybe they genuinely want to protect and help the public. Every day a police officer goes to work, he or she never knows if they’ll come home at the end of their shift. They could be shot, killed, permanently disabled. How would you like to walk into a house to serve a warrant and there’s very real possibility of getting ambushed and shot?
Do I, or the average person, ever give a thought about this? NO, NO I don’t. Police officers have to EVERY DAMN DAY. I only risk getting an ulcer at my job, how about you?
I will tell you the cops who do cross the line need to be held accountable for their actions. They may have sworn to uphold the law, but they aren’t above it. No one is.
Do you still need more convincing that the media’s biased? Well, I’ve got a doozy for you.
I recently watched 30 for 30: Fantastic Lies on Netflix. On the night of March 13, 2006, two women were hired by members of the Duke Lacrosse team to dance and strip at a house party. The next morning, one of the women went to the Durham police and reported she’d been sexually assaulted by three of the lacrosse players.
The accuser was a black woman, the lacrosse players were white. Thanks to media coverage and an aggressive, and unethical, district attorney, the three young men were tried – and found guilty – in the court of public opinion. The media jumped on this story, and rushed to judgment before the facts were known, almost sending three innocent men to prison. Ultimately, the three men were found not guilty as their DNA wasn’t on her, in her or on her clothes.
Stories like this leave a very bad taste in my mouth.
I don’t know what happened last week in Dallas and in Minneapolis. I wasn’t there, but for once, I’d like the facts made known before police officers are once again tried in the court of public opinion – and before they get hurt trying to do their job. I understand everyone’s emotions are running high right now and I’d like answers just like everyone else, but events like these are gaping wounds and mainstream media is the salt.
I don’t know how, but maybe it’s time we cut down on the salt.