Chip: The Dark Soul of O’Reilly, Fox News and its effect on the 🐘

Say the words, the old white man with the chip on his shoulder. It rolls off the tongue like classical literature, something reminiscent of The Old Man and the Sea.  And like the Hemingway story, the tale of the Bill O’Reilly, Roger Ailes and Fox News decades-long partnership could endure in similar fashion except it would evoke dark images of reprisal, corruption, bitterness and jealousy.

That’s because the main thing the newsman has wrought upon us, his biggest contribution to society left in his wake is his counterculture, dismissive and hateful viewpoint, fed to us in the guise of no-spin, no bull shit discussion.

As reported in Media Matters, “Fox News Bill O’Reilly has helped set the bar for the normalization and dissemination of right-wing hatred…” And, it’s that same coziness with the alt-right that now threatens to bring everything crashing to the ground.  The problem is Ailes, O’Reilly and others still at Fox forgot something about the hateful demographic they were trying to invigorate and seeking to control; and that is that it will get under your skin and become a part of you. Continue reading

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Control is for wussies

via Daily Prompt: Control

What do you think of when you hear or see the word, control?  Is your first thought a benevolent one?  If you’re like me, it’s not.  My first thought was one  concerning subjugation.  Maybe it’s because I’m a black man and this particular “c” word has dark connotations for me.

But even if I weren’t, the word control would still evoke images of active direction, influence or pushing and this is on the lighter side of things. When it gets dark, I go to slavery, apartheid, disenfranchisement, immigration, America,Trump.  Hmm.

I guess I couldn’t shed my skin as much as I thought I could, after all.

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When a Shooting Creates Policy

February 26 marked the 5th anniversary of the shooting of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman.  It left its mark on American society; a chronic irritation still uncured.  Some think that perceptions about African-American men deepened on that rainy evening as citizens began to see them as deadly assailants, even unarmed,  and worthy of the use of deadly force.

Afterwards, that same cavalier and justified attitude about such use infiltrated communities and police departments across the country.  From that point on, it seemed that young men and women of color had targets on them saying, shoot to kill, regardless!  I ask you; do you think the killing of young Martin made such shootings easier for some officers and private citizens?  And then, did subsequent police shootings empower further civilian armed attacks against young black men?  I think they possibly did.  Continue reading

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The Big Trump Story

Hello everyone.  Here we are on April Fool’s Day, a day of pranks and misdirection and that might be more appropriate than you’d first think..

It’s only been less than two-thirds of the way towards the first 100 days of the Trump Administration and the news stories just keep on coming.  Tell me, how are you all keeping up?   There’s so much to choose from and every one of them is seemingly so relevant and sensational.  It’s the epitome of “for real” reality TV.  My concern is that a lot of them  might be nothing more than smoke screens.

It’s not to say that these accounts aren’t significant or newsworthy; they are.  But it’s occurred to me that maybe we ‘prioritize’ the news to get to the nitty-gritty.  That’s the challenge; so, what pray tell is the nitty-gritty? Continue reading

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Fantasy, Betrayal & Recognizing Fake News

Do you ever ask yourself what is it that’s driving all that’s happening in the country right now? The honeymoon is over but like many married couples, the parties’ involved-voters and Republican leadership-seem to be stuck on staying together despite all indications that they should part ways immediately.  It’s like the man that cheats on a beautiful woman who constantly forgives him and even worse, loves him deeply still.  You ask yourself; how can that be so?  I think the overriding factor that’s driving this particular illusion of satisfaction, complacency and success is nothing more than denial and we’ll continue to be under its influence until the nation’s Republican voters draw some hard conclusions.  Continue reading

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