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Monday, January 27, 2014

Media Fed Diminution of Society via Oppression And Prurient Pursuits (All for Ratings) (VIDEO)

The Fabric of Oppression and media as a conduit.

On yesterday's Reliable Sources, Brian Stelter, presented a discussion based on new articles from two women who appropriately commented about treatment of women in media.  The issue doesn't surprise in any way. In fact, the issue takes me back to our often quoted poem/prose from MARTIN NIEMÖLLER: "FIRST THEY CAME FOR THE SOCIALISTS..."
First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out--

Because I was not a Socialist. 
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out-- Because I was not a Trade Unionist. 
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out-- 

Because I was not a Jew. 
Then they came for me--and there was no one left to speak for me.
The context of our reflection back to Niemoller will be delineated in a bit.

Reliable Sources - "Female reporters face internet abuse."

Hess and Wallace have nailed an issue that speaks to "oppression"; plain and simple.  While Stelter went out of his way to spread the the gender of the abusers beyond men, we firmly believe the majority of such behavior emanates from men.
Oppression in the US is irrefutable. If you do not acknowledge it; you enable it!
We have avoided deep discussion and reporting on the recent NFL Playoff victory episode involving Seattle Seahawk defensive back, Richard Sherman.  Our reason for avoiding the issue related to both time spent on other issues, and the fact abuse leveled at the (momentarily exuberant) football was not a surprise. I am long past surprise at exhibitions of racism, bigotry and sexism and homophobia. The nation has reverted to a time when white male dominance was not only a 'right' it was an expectation. Conservative and GOP regression has reached into every fabric of our society, and it continues to ooze around for voids to fill.

Allow just a moment for examples of Sherman's treatment after is "over-the-top" exuberance and frankly, his inexperience before a national audience. His inexperience exploded on the nation after personally stopping the reception of a pass that would surely have propelled the opponent San Francisco 49ers into the Super Bowl.

Sherman's Twitter "Bowl"

Deadspin captures an early round of abuse from people who will sit and watch a game that has more African-American players than white or Pacific Islander players. We are not redacting names since we are posting from Deadspin.

Lol don't mess with Richard Sherman, he will go bananas. Guys a fricken jungle monkey.— Zack Grenon(@g_g_g_grenon71) January 20, 2014 
Fuck u @RSherman_25 u fuckin monkey, can't wait till Peyton roasts u next week— Eddie Kaplan 
(@BruceWayne_II) January 20, 2014 Richard Sherman's an ignorant ape— GC (@TropicanaCEO_15) January 20, 2014
Someone put Richard Sherman in an animal hospital because he is a fucking gorilla #noracismintented— Michael Mortellito (@mmortellito) January 20, 2014
Richard Sherman= typical nigger#douchebag— Travis Ozegovich (@TravisOzegovich) January 20, 2014
Richard Sherman = cocky nigger. #SEAvsSF— Cody milliken (@cody_milliken) January 20, 2014
Richard Sherman is a nigger, fuck that.— Rob Falotico (@Robadob561) January 20, 2014
Fuck u richard sherman u high payed nigger!— Levi Henson (@Coondog_Henson) January 20, 2014
every italian 100% hates sherman just because of that interview after the game..typical gorilla nigger @RSherman_25— dominick santaniello (@domsantaniello) January 20, 2014 
I can't wait till manning and the rest of the broncos light Richard Sherman up# shut up you dumb nigger— Jarrett Galvin (@galv101) January 20, 2014
Richard Sherman deserves to get shot in the fucking head. Disrespectful nigger.— Adam Costello (@AdamCostello128) January 20, 2014
Richard Sherman is a straight irrogant nigger. Manning is going to rip him apart— Christian Parafati (@C_parafati_one3) January 20, 2014 
@RSherman_25 your coach sucks more dick than a porn star. Nigger your done next year!!!!! I will fuck every kid u ever have! Right in mouth— Larry (@larryss34) January 20, 2014 
Richard Sherman is a piece of shit nigger. #Peyton is going to embarras him in two weeks. #broncos— Zotan (@fuckxan) January 20, 2014 
Someone needs to introduce Richard Sherman to George Zimmerman.#ThugLifeOver— Brian Blackwell (@BrianHBlackwell) January 20, 2014 
One guy specifically created an account just to tweet horrible things at Sherman.@RSherman_25 no class nigger. Talking shit about Crabtree, don't care about the 49ers but fuck you for attacking a single player. Scum.— larry brown (@larrybr12776538) January 20, 2014
This last one is just confusing. What the hell does that even mean?Richard Sherman. What a role model for today's Taliban youth.— John Podhoretz (@jpodhoretz) January 20, 2014

"...shut up you dumb nigger," Richard Sherman is a Stanford University graduate.

"Richard Sherman deserves to get shot in the fucking head. Disrespectful nigger." Shot in the Head! "Disrespectful." So, when those players go on camera after a game and rail about how God was on their side (thus relegating the other side to the Lucifer or less), that is more "respectful?"

"every italian 100% hates sherman just because of that interview after the game..typical gorilla nigger." I will wager there are people of Italian ancestry who, factually do not hate Mr. Sherman.

Now that we have poked a few holes in the comment religious right webpage contributor and Fox News contributor, Sandy Rios's, comments that whites are not racist; they react only to angry blacks, let's move to far more serious underlying matters.

News reporters Hess and Wallace and responses to Richard Sherman's over-exuberance clearly show behavior that for many years was kept in closet spoken only over the phone, behind closed doors or across family quarters of homes with racist denizens. The Internet has provided unique and welcome opportunity for people to communicate in an inexpensive yet all encompassing way. Along with such access, comes the real prospect of overt or normally closet racist reaching out to strike others from a position of quasi-anonymity. 

The communication tool (the Internet) is not the critical issue surrounding growing abuse from people who have no control over their emotional states of mind? States of mind soiled by social and psychological deficiencies fed by their parents and revitalized (and nurtured) by politicians and media. People who act out against the Hess, Wallace, and Sherman are clearly societal undesirables akin to people who would boo an active military officer (In Iraq) who happen to be gay. They are no different than people who would give Governor Rick Perry a resounding applause after delivery of a braggadocios statement about executions in the his home state. As we consider the perpetrators of such acts it isn't hard to imagine a Tea Party laden House of OZ that has introduced 700 plus bills related to women's reproductive rights and not one viable jobs bill. How about people who would give Rick Santorum a perfunctory applause after this comment (watch the applause)? ...Linked.

If you ask why did I mention media in the last paragraph.  Over the past 20 years, US media has devolved into a ratings seeking skeleton of its past. talk radio has evolved into the domain of hardcore right wing lots and in one case has contributed to the nations first party leader who has never been elected to office: Rush Limbaugh. Limbaugh, Hannity, Beck, Coulter, Ingraham and others have paved a path for people who are feeble enough to exercise right-wing demagoguery as impetus to act out. Talk radio is one arena . A more dire example of  media setting the path for human behavior: Fox News.

Should it surprise Wallace someone would refer to her as a "whore", when the person knows her only via her writings?  

We are not going to passed innuendo about Fox News personalities (We do not call them journalist by any stretch), but we will continue to point-out what seems to be a carnal approach to news delivery. Gretchen Carlson recently commented on a Brian Kilmeade (Fox Host and radio host) radio show that Fox News prohibited women from wearing pants on the news sets. Did you notice Kilmeade's leering towards Carlsons lower extremities?

A bit more.....


 Petallides (Actually raised her thigh shot)

Unnamed reporter (Complied with no pants rule, but must have thought she was headed to the beach. Skirt didn't even facilitate a professional  leg cross)
Dhue (Image)
E.D. Hill (Image) Kooman (Image)

We realize there are some who visit the images and videos above and only grab the prurient aspects of the Fox News business model. The exhibitions are entertaining to say the very least, but also depict a complete disregard for professionalism that was formerly inherent in television journalism. Fox News has the largest viewing audience of any cable network. the network is a particularly attractive to males in the age demographic of 25 - 54 years of age. Both Pew Research and Gallup have recently reported we get our news predominantly from television media. 

I will restate, we are not casting characterization at women who are or have worked at Fox News. they worked for an employer who has a business model that attracts viewers. In addition to political and social playing to their audience, the network also entertains in other areas.

It is impossible to avoid suspicion that media that flaunts sexuality, also tends to demean sexuality.  If the viewer is without healthy social intellect or has serious issues with regard to race, sex and LGBT lifestyles, how much of a leap to believe their deficiencies work into how they act out.  

I will take it a step farther. We have also seen far too many instances where people who claim the social and political Right show propensity to actually act out. I am reminded of a recent segment on Morning Joe that included Joe Scarborough went maniacal on Steve Ratner.  we could list hundred such episodes of Right-wing angst manifesting in behavior unbecoming rational people. 

While we have not solved a problem in this screed, it is important to note, times are a hanging. As I view social interaction, I am finding far more angst and behavioural exhibition than past times. Such exhibitions seem to have come full-blown after the inauguration of Barack Obama as he 44th Presidents of the Untied States of America. 

If you have to ask, why the reference to the president, you should either re-read this screed or continue to find no harm in the circumstance of people like Hess, Wallace and Richard Sherman.  

One last point, if you have 3:47 minutes, take a look and listen at how one Fox News show reported on the Richard Sherman racists attacks. Howard Kurtz and co-host certainly reported in the attacks as over-the-top.  They also typical to conservative American reaches to lay blame for the attacks on the communication tool instead of squarely and straight-up addressing racism.  If the two even stated the word racism, I must have been out of the room.  Why report the matter, if news writers and producers look to sanitize that attacks vs. reporting such that perpetrators might think twice before reporting the attacks? Yet, the network will never blame the availability of guns (the tool) on mass killings; Fox News will lay blame to the perpetrator. 

If you reflect back on the start of the screed,we make a point about "....then they came for me." And, we ask a question. "Do you think the people who attacked Hess, Wallace and Sherman, are people who will vote with a mind towards democratic  (small "d") principles and tolerance of then that the white male?"

If you can find it in your brain to think anyone who has diverse social views would call Wallace a "whore" and Sherman a "nigger" (or thug), you have wasted about 15 minutes of your day reading this piece. You should also rest assured, "They will eventually come for you."

UPDATE:  Just you know Fox ix not alone in "strategic camera angles" or "The couch segments."  CNN this morning.  Watch how the camera agnel leveragers the far right seat and how often the low hanging angle is deployed.

Let's be thankful MSNBC, BBC and Al Jazeera have not developed such a news delivery model. while we are mindful fashion contributes to such exhibitions, we are also mindful of host attire choice, producers staging, and producer directed camera angels.

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