Archive for July, 2009
The mainstream news media, too much of its reporting/commentating flawed and insipid, may continue for a while to follow wrinkles, small or big and mostly frivolous, and only if those wrinkles of this race drama register on their radar, such as the alcoholic content of the beer of the Obama-Gates-Crowley confab and try to make something of it, like the insipid humor of CNN’sÂ Campbell Brown’s farce yesterday evening, July 31.
[Picture Courtesy of Center for Constitutional Rights]
By now, one would believe, that there would be numerous stories in metro New York City news media about the federal judge’s decision regardingÂ United States, et al. v City of New York, a federal class action lawsuit originating from two Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charges filed by Center for Constitutional Studies on behalf of the Vulcan Society and three individual African-American firefighter applicants, charging the New York City Fire Department with racially discriminatory hiring practices.
But there is an online front-page story in the
His CNN segment this morning about the news reporting and commentating on the Cambridge-Obama Never Ending Story (So Far) was exceptional, I believe, and so informative I’m planning to use transcripts of the show for my J-classes.
I also liked an earlier “CNNâ€™s Howard Kurtz Criticizes CNNâ€™s Lou Dobbs For Giving Airtime To â€˜Birtherâ€™ Conspiracies.” No attempt here to comment or summarize. The serious should go to the source.
Why hasn’t any reporter asked the President if he or his wife have ever experienced the kind of harrassment that Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates experienced in his home? Or the kind of experience that the Center for Constitutional Rights and the New York Civil Liberties Union have been documenting about the NYPD treatment of People of Color in New York City. There are other forms of bigotry that blight the American Dream.
Personally, this writer is glad the Prez said what he said about the “stupidity” of the police at the scene. But this late night thought needs development.