If it becomes socially acceptable for someone to shut down your ability to say what you want to say, solely on the basis that they feel it’s offensive, “racist”, or whatever other bullshit reason they can come up with for rationalizing censorship, there’s no longer going to be any point to America.
Humor me for a second and think about just how close we’ve gotten to that already in recent times. Think about the way politicians, with the notable exception of Donald Trump, can be brought to their knees if they violate the PC code of the media, slammed with a week of coverage meant to demean, damage, and shame him or her. Meant to influence them, to force them into submission, to apologize, to show what media figures and political opponents feel is ‘appropriate’ deference to the media. And that’s just with politicians; happens just as much outside of politics.
Bottom line, the media and a lot of the people within that industry wield this kind of power, and to me it seems like they’ve become not just conscious of it, but all to willing to use it in service of their own biases and opinions. That’s not journalism, but that’s the impression I get from most news networks. I mean just look at how they reacted to Trump. He came onto the scene and they immediately took something reasonable he said, made it out to sound bad, and with that they tried they’re little shaming routine. Except he didn’t break weak and he didn’t apologize.
That’s what really set them off about him, from Day 1. They could never shame him or pressure him into changing his behavior, his language, or his policies, and it fucking infuriated them. For years, all the other politicians, celebrities, and so on have mostly buckled under public pressure, submitting to whatever demands the media (allegedly – and dishonestly – always speaking for “the people”) makes of them. But along comes Trump, and they say what they usually say when they want to exert influence over someone “knock it off or we’ll make you look bad,” but instead of being intimidated and instead of promising to change his ways, he stood his ground.
When he did that, they all went to negative coverage, and to massive amounts of it. Trump’s campaigning drowned out most of the other competitors in media coverage, and it was mostly because the news networks were trying to ensure he paid a price for not caving to them. To their astonishment, it didn’t work, and at times seemed to backfire, helping Trump build momentum.
So if you wonder why Donald Trump is so relentlessly demonized, second guessed, and looked down on in news coverage, it probably has something to do with how media figures are still, a year and a half later, trying to grapple with the reality of a Presidential candidate they can’t control. And now, with a President Elect that has clearly demonstrated his ability to withstand any further attempts on their part. They want him to jump when they say jump. They hate that he won’t.
The same way the religious right hated Manson’s refusal to back down, even when there were death threats sent to the man regularly, bomb threats called in at his concerts, even when they showed up at shows across the country to protest his music and harass his fans. He stood his ground, went on stage to perform, and refused to let media smears and lies stand in his way.
(This is actually just a continuation of Say10’s Coming, but it stands on it’s own, too. lol get it?)