Saturday, July 9, 2016

Los Angeles Times Continues Its Miserable Coverage of Violence

In this article by Cathleen Decker, in the Saturday Times:

"Crises that arise during presidential campaigns often define the candidates.  Will this horrific week prove to be the crucible of the current campaign? 

...Whether the effect goes deeper and persists also will depend on how a polarized public — and the candidates — frame the week’s deadly events with their fraught elements of racial tension and maintenance of public order."

How the public and the candidates frame the events...not one word about how the press will frame them.

"At the very minimum, the bickering between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton has been temporarily overshadowed, much as it was less than four weeks ago when a single assailant killed 49 people and wounded more than 50 others in an Orlando, Fla., nightclub."

"Bickering" between Trump and Clinton- that's all the election has been about.  Not about a continuation of a 25 year campaign of lies and smears of Hillary from the Republicans, and an attempt by Democrats to wake the American people up to the fact that the hate and greed filled base, carefully cultivated by the Republican party over the same period, has chosen a candidate who demonstrates over and over again the legitimacy of comparing him to the most malignant dictators in world history.  But, see, in classic Maureen Dowd style reporting, the whole thing gets reduced to a hair-pulling fight between a couple of junior high school mean girls.

This is the framing that is ruining this country.  And let's not forget that, before Ronald Reagan got his hands on the reins of power, 85% of the mainstream media in this country was owned by families or small companies; now, thanks to the magic of "deregulation," six huge corporations own virtually all the electronic media in the country, and what remains of the print media is also virtually all owned by large corporations.  So, that's the framing.  And, it's Republican framing.  If the Republicans could have realized a couple of decades ago what the internet would become, and headed it off at the pass, that's all the information we would have in the United States, and our current mockery of a democracy would now be an open dictatorship.  As it is, we've managed to head off that fate so far, but with people like the Los Angeles Times out there, how long it can be averted is anyone's guess.

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