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Christian Christensen @ChrChristensen
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(1) About those bombs sent to Soros, Cinton, Obama, CNN and others: cultures of violence don’t emerge overnight, and the US media need to do some serious soul-searching about decades of coverage before Trump became President.
(2) First, media outlets (like CNN) turned the killing of innocent civilians in Iraq into pornographic prime-time entertainment, legitimating killing as tool of power to the US people...yet are now aghast at the use of violence. And, Iraq is just one case of many.
(3) For decades US media watched in near silence as the death penalty was used - usually in wildly disproportionate numbers against African-Americans. That the US was one of the only wealthy nations in the world to use this barbaric tool wasn’t an issue. Cultures of violence.
(4) US news media also chose to ignore, until #BlackLivesMatter made it impossible to do so, the use of lethal state violence against poor, African-American men. The message with this silence was/is that certain lives are disposable, and that violence of this kind is acceptable.
(5) A critical analysis of the existence of a shameful number of US citizens living and dying in abject poverty - in a country that proudly brags about being the richest in the world - without recourse to decent healthcare, was never addressed by US news to the extent required.
(6) As news media routinely knelt in awe front of the US military (a machine of violence), rarely was it asked by that media how many lives could be saved by cutting 5% of US defense spending & putting that into healthcare, food programs, poverty reduction. Cultures of violence.
(7) A failure (or unwillingness) to address the need for serious and effective gun control was also a hallmark of US news. 12,000 gun homicides a year didn’t seem to be serious enough, yet the relatively small threat of Islamic terror in the US was hyped. Priorities.
(8) Of course, all of this violence was enbraced (or ignored) by a US media owned and funded by corporations with a vested interest in a culture of violence, or worried that opposing military violence or fighting poverty would alienate advetisers, thus impacting the bottom line.
(9) This corporate US news media also had/has a vested interest in undermining forms of collective solidarity: from unions to fights for a living minimum wage. Individualism was pitched as the de facto US way of life, with "socialist" politics portrayed as weak and un-American.
(10) Then we have coverage of candidate Trump. When bragging about sexual assault, or encouraging supporters to assault protesters, the US news media remained "objective" and normalized his candidacy, calling him "different" or "provocative." US news media loved the theater. $$$.
(11) None of this absolves Trump. This is about how we got here. The US news media (like CNN) now pitch themselves as the wall of resistance against Trumpism, when the fact is that decades of their coverage of US society & politics helped set the table for what we see before us.
(12) Threats of violence are abhorrent, and any real analysis of Trumpism, and the mind-set that leads to bombs being sent, needs to re-connect with a culture of alienation and violence promoted for many years by news organizations. That analysis won't come from media themselves.
As has been pointed out to me, correctly, I write "men" but not "women." It was the coverage of the huge over-representation of the killing of African-American men around the time of Ferguson that I was thinking of when I wrote this, but the criticism is important. Mea culpa.
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