The Pardu

The Pardu
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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Ferguson Murder: Black On Black Crime, Lack Of A Father, Chicago Killings. Relevance To Mike Brown's Death Please?

I saw the video that follows today. I often criticize on-air hosts who fail to properly manager segment guests. My criticism of CNN and the producers of Brooke Baldwin's segments generally based on what appears as efforts to titillate where there is no need for viewer arousal. My criticism over the past few days included the decision to broadcast a semi-anonymous audio supporter of the Ferguson Missouri killer in police officer uniform. The radio caller ("Josie") called the St. Louis areas most conservative radio host (a veritable local Limbaugh).  A supportive caller who decides to cal a local Right-wing talking head vs. a local nonpartisan radio of television station, is suspect in and of itself.  My concern with Baldwin and her producers relates to their choice of labeling the dead kid as a "taunter" (You won't shoot me) without the prospect of use of the word "alleged taunter." Thus, providing a degree of veracity to an unsubstantiated story.

Today's CNN segment pitted a noted conservative mouthpiece against a noted liberal pundit.  I have to admit a degree of appreciation for the manner in which Baldwin managed her guest. She even allowed the "over-talking" and raised voice conservative his share of the available airtime. 

Conservatives who go on air with versions of the Gish Gallop (takeover the discussion) technique draw my ire. 

The Gish Gallop is the debating technique of drowning the opponent in such a torrent of small arguments that their opponent cannot possibly answer or address each one in real time. More often than not, these myriad arguments are full of half-truths, lies, and straw-man arguments - the only condition is that there be many of them, not that they be particularly compelling on their own. They may be escape hatches or "gotcha" arguments that are specifically designed to be brief, but take a long time to unravel. Thus, galloping is frequently used in timed debates (especially by creationists) to overwhelm one's opponent.
It is so silly to see people with no viable argument fish around for easy picking points that add no value to the dialogue. The conservative mouthpiece in the video does not care one iota about the kid shot multiple times in Ferguson, Missouri. He deflects his typically conservative and feeble argument to "black on black" crime and a lack of father figures in some black families. Black on black crime is a major problem in the United States, but hardly relevant in a conversation about a white police officer killing a teenager who happened to be black. I should add, "black on black crime" is factually a conservative dog-whistle as surely as Newt Gingrich often states "Food stamp" and Paul Ryan's "Inner City Culture." If you are one who has a deep level of inquisitiveness regarding conservative use of "black on black" crime, Tim Wise offers a compelling treatise.

As I watched Marc Lamont Hill dissect and discard the argument from the Right, I marveled at the concerted efforts by Baldwin's conservative guest to squirm away from the segment focus.

Media Matters

Watch Marc Lamont Hill Blast Racial Canards Used To Distract From Brown Shooting

Hill: Issues Like "Black-On-Black" Crime, Black Fatherhood, And Chicago Violence Have Nothing To Do With Police Shootings

From the August 20 edition of CNN's Newsroom:

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