… and other things we might not know anything about if the only “intellectuals” we read & watch cover the 2020 elections are white men – whether they – or we - know it or not #ImplicitBias #MediaBias #RepresentationMatters
IDK about you, but I’m with the lady with the face in this gif – I’m not doing this dance
This is the kind of joy to which I’m honestly kind of more accustomed (which half of me wishes more of America knew more about and half of me doesn’t since from the Tulsa Massacre on, when a good portion of America finds out there’s a type of fun going on that’s not literally All About Them their predilection appears to be a concerted focus on ruining it)
This is not the preamble to coverage of a national Presidential debate I’m sure anybody expects to be written, which is a good part of the problem. There’s a reason why U.S. statutes are written encompassing “act OR omission” as antecedent occurrences to determinations of actionable wrongdoing, and - as anybody who’s watched even ONE of the previous debates knows – there are issues touching on literal majorities of the American population that, due to the editorial warping of national press coverage, aren’t even making the debate stage.
AND THAT’S BECAUSE OF BIAS.
THAT OF THE MAJORITY WHITE MALE WRITERS, AND MAJORITY WHITE MALE EDITORS.
The lens matters. Literally and figuratively.
We have neurological evidence now that who you are can affect what you perceive
What that means – and clearly just looking at the date on this piece will confirm that this is neither the first nor the only time this issue has been raised – is that if your newsroom is not diversified, your coverage will NOT BE OBJECTIVE and will in fact be ADVERSELY AFFECTED because you will MISS FACTS.
This make make some news, though
At the same time that THIS QUESTION MUST BE ASKED (which is the point here)
With all that’s gone on today (and in the past three days, and in the run-up to the Holidaze, and IRT)
I’m not sure how much immediately relevant commentary I’ll be able to weigh in with live.
However, we do have a plan to pull comments from the LAST debate about those vaunted “kitchen table issues” that are STILL UNDER-COVERED, or, worse, NOT COVERED AT ALL
But also? There will be a treat
That way, everybody can determine for themselves the extent to which the coverage we receive from people whose interests might well align with those who (however tacitly or unconsciously) support authoritarianism as opposed to democracy is shaping OUR understanding of how all this is going … so we can not only check other sources as time permits for a more comprehensive understanding of which candidates support what – we can get on the phone (and on the social media channel of choice) and DEMAND THAT THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA DO THEIR JOBS.
That’s OUR job, as responsible, informed citizens.
This would be historic – if the ERA had been nationally ratified
If they don’t already, I kind of feel like people need to understand is that permitting the “business as usual” crowd to be in charge has allowed things to incrementally devolve to the point where this is where we are
and this is the level of authoritarianism-enabling hypocrisy that we allow …
And not just the obvious stuff, either, which is why (D)s also need Senate Control
If that’s where people want to be, or stay … I have to defer to PE and Cube (who everybody ought to be heeding anyway, since they’re 30 years in the game, and still unsettlingly, prophetically, up-to-the-minute) -
Let’s all begin, at least, with the assumption that we don’t know everything we need to know, and there is always something new to learn.
I mean ALL. Talking to you, journalism professors who appear on the news (and we sure do wish we’d have a word with your colleagues who are in position to censor – I’m sorry, I meant edit – all the good stuff about the candidates who are not white male millionaires and billionaires, while simultaneously minimizing all the heinous stuff about those same white male millionaires and billionaires).
One of the primary lessons they teach us in kindergarten is to learn to share with the other kids. Right up there behind “Look both ways”.
Maybe make that extra effort not to end up being Bill Barr. Or Gordon Sondland before being forced to throw everybody under the bus.