R.I.P. Journalism (c.1594-2008)

by Christian Rivera

Kudos to Kearny, Arizona Police Chief Joe Martinez who was being grilled by one of the talking heads on CNN last Tuesday. The chief made a very clear and coherent argument, stating the true nature of the state’s newly enacted immigration law, and illustrating the meaning of the term “reasonable suspicion” in great specificity. I began to laugh out loud when the anchor claimed (quite conveniently) that the producer of the program decided that time was up, once he realized that the Chief’s words could not be twisted or misconstrued.

This is what upsets me the most about the media: the fear-mongering—and in this case, race-baiting—it conducts when it can take a thing such as someone’s words, or new legislation, and completely twist it around and turn it into something that isn’t true at all, and isn’t anywhere close to what its originator had intended. And of course, people will go for it hook, line, and sinker every time, because their minds have been degenerated to the point of believing that if it’s on television, it must be true. They’ll pass judgment without even hearing the case. There’s a reason they call it the idiot box, after all. What has become of objective reporting? Last Tuesday, it was like a verbal game of chess. And Chief Martinez won this particular round.

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