It’s been a confusing week for most of America: “most” being the just over half of those who bothered to turn up to vote. They missed out on the president they desired.
But if you watch TV, oh they’re all marching in the streets against democracy. They simply deplore the ability of women, men, black, white, yellow, brown, old, young, able, disabled, Jew, Christian, Moslem, Hindu, Agnostic, Carnivore, Veggie and Vegan to vote without the threat of murder and intimidation: for that’s a terrible thing. America they say, is broken.
Some now want to beat the crap out of others according to one protester on CNN pointing to her placard. She said, “People need to die … There will be casualties on both sides.”
And they’ve cried in true grief. And they’ve panicked fearing their children will be ripped away from them and sent to military-style real estate investment academies.
So kids at school, babes barely old enough to master script and of college age, have been crying too—because their parents can’t tell the difference between reality and spin, and their teachers are bereft of knowledge; American education has come full-circle.
No. They’re not all marching.
Very few of those voters in fact. Because the majority of college-educated women and men, did not vote for Hillary Clinton. Nor did a large swathe of Latino-US citizens nor the majority of the States. And as for Congress, well, they now just want to get back to the pork barrel. They’re not holding hands on the Capitol steps singing. There’s been an election for goodness sake, not an al Qaeda bombing.
Hold on, as I write music blares in the background of my streaming TV. A studio anchor says, “We’ve got some breaking news …”
I watch as CNN shows that 50 Millennials have taken over Manhattan. Oh the horror, “Bye bye president!” they scream. “Bye-bye president!” A 20-something reporter to their front says straight to camera, “They want change.” Well, at least they’re being polite about it.
It reminds me of that telling picture by Pulitzer Prize winner, Oded Bality, deliberately taken behind a causally-clad Palestinian teen throwing rocks. Bality’s angle gave the game away. No Israeli soldiers were present that day. The kid’s rocks were being thrown at a brick wall while a huge semi-circled gaggle of photo-journalists recorded history.
I most liked the handsome CNN-paid African-American political commentator on election night, Van Jones, who with an “I Voted” sticker glued to the lapel of his couture suit said, Blacks had faced a “Whitelash.” No, you just voted because the dead of Gettysburg 1863, rose 100 years later free.
This is the world of Big Media.
And as a writer, my job is to wade through its morass if I have any hope of offering an informed opinion for media outlets and clientele, yes, the big ones too.
That means reading their overtly biased coverage from both sides as cogently as possible. But I then need to apply my own research to verify and clarify.
Now, like many I could just simply run a biased blog and monetise it. Or write for a rag or media outlet in the pocket of one or other side. Neither provide fun for me.
When it comes to Big Media, the coverage you’ll initially see then, caters to the largest potential audience because viewership means advertising reach and Big Media is a business after all. In the case of CNN’s first post-election content that meant dumbfounded diehard Democrats.
But note, as time goes on, you’ll see this rhetoric swing around as producers search for the next biggest market. That happened with CNN today, as conservative Democrats and moderate Republicans were welcomed, “Let’s give Trump a go”, the panels decided—and it’s only D-Day Plus 2. It’s hard to keep audiences in their seats. And they wonder why.
Maintaining this very perspective is the challenge I face as a professional writer. The older I get, the easier it becomes as I’ve nearly heard it all.
I do it because my readership relies on it; my clients benefit from it and if I genuinely take pride in what I do, my product calls for it. It just saddens me that spin is still passed off as news, every hour.
© 2016 Adam Parker. You’ve just read a Parkerpinion.
Main picture: Good writers read: post-election resources, author’s collection.