Journalists writing about politics too often seem to share the same glossary of offensive unthinking epithets. When one wishes to learn what a politician is doing that might improve public life writers simply revert to their derogatory journalese of racist and sexist. They rarely try to inform readers or television listeners precisely what a politician has done and how his racist or sexist acts will affect public policy. They seem mainly concerned about how the races or genders affected by hearing of a candidate’s racism or sexism might vote. People who self consciously see themselves as not being part of a dominant culture may see a candidate branded by media as racist as someone who will use public policy to exclude them whether they see themselves as light or dark members of a minority culture of immigrants or native born. I remember while television and other news media were charging Toronto’s Mayor Ford with racism that the person who in my presence spoke most highly of his accomplishments was a member of a visible minority, the other.
Online these character diminishing labels are often repeated in file headers by news organizations from one end of the English language world to the other with never a thought to attempting an informing analysis of these charges of racism or sexism. These kind of media characterizations of Mr. Trump as he’s been attempting to win the Republican nomination to run for president of America in the 2016 illustrate the dearth of the kind of political information people need to make informed decisions about who to vote for. Voters rarely see candidates speaking for themselves and if they do their perceptions are filtered by video or made concrete by the whims of journalists who too often seem to follow one another in their name calling charges of racism or sexism. Accurate and thoughtful analysis of facts is what voters need. When Mr. Trump began his campaign, instead of saying that he was not a serious candidate, journalists should have been informed enough to know that he was seriously trying to be president. They should have known that Mr. Trump must have been aware of the many citizens who had been suffering from increasing impoverishment and that those sufferers were desperately looking for a way out, the people media have branded as unsuccessful white men as though women and people of varying skin tone were all better off. But from my vantage point way up in Canada I’ve learned that everyone regardless of skin tone, race, or gender is suffering from an economic malaise that began before racism or sexism had become popular political epithets permitting that malaise and its devastating effects to persist.
What people should have been told from the start of his candidacy is that Donald Trump the billionaire business man came to be in the economic and legal morass he wishes to untangle. They should have informed everyone that his manner is that of a deal making salesman, a person who likes everybody and wants to be loved by everybody, like Willy Loman or Jay Gatsby. And they should have pointed out that like Willy and Gatsby he’s been trying to bring back the past, trying to get the horse back into the barn.
Today media’s bombardment of well paid pop acoustical-movie celebrities has all but obliterated consciousness of the great musical innovators:
On my CP24, 24 hour weather and sports channel I’m informed that Germany’s chancellor wants China to join arms control talks but wishes that the US would keep fighting in Syria. Arms control would have meaning if the manufacturing of arms could be controlled. Even though Mr. Trump wants out of Syria he wants to purchase more arms than any country on earth to make America’s military untouchable and America great again for which he is borrowing more money than I can count.
Arms or weapons, are manufactured and marketed fighting implements, not transformed from plough shares. Their purpose is to intimidate and destroy anyone who might challenge control of peoples and territories. As long as there are territories to control and weapons manufacturers to profit, weapons agreements may postpone conflicts with but cannot limit the amassing of weaponry.
On my street, near the Durham, Ontario region where USA’s GM makes GM cars like my Buick and the Cadillac across the road, all the other cars on my block are Asian Hondas, Toyotas, Mazdas, Nissans and Hyundais. And where ever I drive I rarely see a GM vehicle, just Toyotas and those speedy Hondas in a hurry.
And today a Canadian auto show just announced a car of the year.
“Kia, Jaguar Take Home 2019 Canadian Car of the Year Trophies”
Today February 8, 2019 there is still no journalist interest evident in my online searches for expert comments about the Bruce MacArthur sentencing after day 1 of 3 days of hearings. Since day 1, Monday, February 4, 2019 I’ve seen only identical text copies reporting the sadistic aftermath of MacArthur’s murder of eight human beings, six of whom were immigrants without connections and no one of consequence to speak on their behalf. Only one person is reported to have been disappointed enough to complain about Mr. MacArthur’s 25 year sentence, in theory, the penalty for killing just one poor human being and not eight, with no penalty for having inhumanly degraded them. And she appeared in an online video without journalistic comment or compassion .
He used to call us “George”
All of us,”George”
Even though he knew our names.
Harry up the street like me was “George”.
Though I never asked why he said it,
I trusted in its sameness –
Its sense of objective egalitarian comraderie.