This is seriously what happens when a nation, and its media, frames everything as a two-sided, us-or-them game that serves only a few politically. It’s a sick narrative, and deadly.
Americans need to learn to think systemically, not along a fake partisan dividing line even about a pandemic. Media should lead on this front—not bolster and profit from this binary game. For one, let’s end what’s called “political reporting”—now just games of already-powerful.
Replace so-called “political coverage” (usually done by too-often-misogynistic and arrogant white men seeking fame/clicks) with policy coverage—focused on real people, needs and how needs served, how, who. That is, stop serving those who benefit from fake “red-blue” reporting.
Then fully report through history/causes/symptoms/solutions/people lens on all in/seeking power without protecting your or your backers’ buddies of any party. Yes, it’s real work of the kind that might drive many lazy “political reporters” out of journalism, but that’s good thing
Outcome would be the people getting real info about issues affecting lives that isn’t calibrated through partisan paradigm to create pretend-“neutrality” and no more “who’s more conservative/liberal” headlines planted by tricky candidates. Less oppo, more substance.
Lose all binary red-vs-blue and fake “both sides” imagery and tag lines (seriously, we all know it’s fake), stop obsessing over powerful of any party without deep context/homework, and devote all resources to focus on people and policy, letting chips fall where they must.
That is, treat journalism seriously with focus on people over politicians. By design, red-blue-obsessed horserace “journalism” cannot “watchdog” politicians; it never has; it never will. Such “political journalism” is a playground and ego boost for the powerful and wealthy.
It also continually platforms powerful white men over all others. “Well, they’re the ones in power, and we’re (cough) ‘watchdogging’ them.” No you’re not: your deck-chair games keep same types in power without serious checks to that power until **maybe** after fact.
I’ve watched this game for 20 years here (and weathered personal attacks from Dems and GOP when I refused to play it to their chagrin). By damn it to hell, it is not real journalism to obsess and bow to partisan games over all else. That was designed to serve powerful/advertisers

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11 Apr
The opinions and question frames of @wlox anchor @DaveWLOX are among most interesting parts of @ashtonpittman’s followup to his viral story on SofS’s “woke college students” remarks. #TVNewsMS
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1. This, by @TaylorVanceDJ, is my pick for Mississippi journalism of the work (not done by a Free Press. Ha.) Transparency in local elections is so important.
My runner-up this week is this piece by Candace McKenzie because, as most of you know, adult literacy is very close to my heart:…
This is the Guardian piece I wrote about my mother and her illiteracy. I was just looking at her literacy books last night, so I'm really feeling this issue right now:…
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1. Catch up on what's happened with secretary of state's "woke college student" remarks since @ashtonpittman broke the story Tuesday, it went viral that day, national media jumped on it, @washingtonpost cited it in editorial Friday, and Watson commented on his comments (sort of).
2. Note one Mississippi outlet did usual déclassé thing with followup yesterday without linking to original reporting on it (although our reporters constantly cite their reporters—by name), did an editorial cartoon and then linked it back to their story it was, um, "based" on.
3. What is Mississippi media that acts this small so freakin' afraid of? I don't get it at all, especially on a story the whole country and state know @ashtonpittman and @MSFreePress broke by now.

This silliness just looks bad for them, not us.

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1. Vital: This isn’t “but racism is everywhere” excuse-making. Point is to focus on what’s in your front yard everywhere, not scapegoat other places so you’re, well, superior. First: Learn your own history like we do ours here. Don’t be in denial because you were miseducated, too
2. Pilgrimages to Mississippi to understand our race fascism/history are great, and I meet/tour these folks continually. But when I ask them about history-digging for white supremacy and violence back home, I’m often met w blank looks. But we weren’t Mississippi, the logic goes.
3. No, their states weren’t the worst. We were. Mississippi was the heart of US slavery wealth and then resistance to ending it and the right to give Black people full human status. But all along way, that was reinforced from outside state, and racism was bad *everywhere* in U.S.
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Indeed. While you’re at it, explore @msfreepress#highered coverage all year. We do real journalism about what’s happening at Mississippi’s colleges and universities, especially the public ones because they shouldn’t function behind closed doors. Archive:
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This stepping-out-for-change versus culture-of-fear is at heart of what @msfreepress#UMemails series about, as well as lack of transparency and attempts to silence those who step out in various ways (and us, btw). It’s some of most important work I’ve edited. I’m proud of it.
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White Mississippians donated to legal fund organized by Americans for the Preservation of the White Race in 1960s to pay for bond/defense of KKK terrorists who attacked Black people+protesters of all races. The country rightly dumped on Mississippi for defending terrorism.

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