News: The Perpetrators of Fake News—History!
is a process; in the process of correcting our own society we save
ourselves and activate the forces that will preserve our
civilization… [the] basic ailment is man’s continuing
inhumanity to man, the perpetual assault upon the dignity of some
individuals by others, more powerful individuals.
Lomax, The Negro Revolt, (First
black television journalist)
dare read, let alone write anything!
Frederick Douglass learned to read, anyway. At great risk. So when
the time came, he writes for the abolitionist newspaper, The
B. Wells writes for the Free Speech press—until
an angry mob of Americans, opposed to her articles calling for an end
to the practice of lynching, burned the newspaper building down to
the ground, forcing Wells to move north and write articles at the New
Walker writes and publishes An Appeal to Coloured Citizens
of the World, an anti-slavery
and call for black unity document that set Walker to the left of
not easy to speak out, but the presses roll out papers and the
journalists continue writing. Generations of a people escaping to the
North found their voices, as so many of them recounted the cruelty of
enslavement, of beatings and rape, of terror in legalized
segregation, mob violence, lynching, shootings, and massacres.
a history of reading and of writing by black Americans, and, despite
the insistence by this government and its white citizens that
enslaved blacks and freed blacks will never learn to read, let alone
write, black voices persisted in reporting, uncovering the narrative
of American innocence, even while critics declared their
New York Amsterdam News
dare read, let alone write anything!
we are here again.
Rep. Greg Gianforte won in a special election last year after
body slamming a Guardian
reporter. The reporter, Ben
Jacobs, doing what a “free press” journalist do, asks
Gianforte a question about his health care bill. Gianforte was not in
favor of the Affordable Care Act, and, he doesn’t want to
answer Jacobs’ questions. He knows that the reporter has heard
the tape in which Gianforte has denounced the Affordable Care Act. So
when Jacobs persists, Gianforte gets angry and slams the reporter to
shouts that he’s sick and tired of these questions. Sick and
tired of “guys” like the reporter, harassing him.
the hell out of here!”
down goes Jacobs. Glasses knocked from his face and broken.
was in 2017, May. And now, this October, 2018, the president of the
U.S., at a rally in Montana of his base, most sporting the infamous
MEGA hat—sorry, I have to repeat this again—the president
of the U.S. sparks the consensus
of this cheering, placard-Make-America-Great-Again-baring crowd, with
the taunt, Gianforte is “my kind of guy.”
that can do a body slam… That’s my kind of guy.”
embrace of violence from a president of the US and a citizenry bitter
and resentful is no aberration.
newest denouncement of humanity, of decency, of democracy, of empathy
from the president comes just days after the October 2, 2018
disappearance in the Saudi embassy in Istanbul of the Washington
Post writer, Saudi-born, Jamal
Khashoggi, and in the week when the Turkish government is reporting
that Khashoggi was beaten, drugged, and dismembered—while
alive! Was he, really? asks the president. Who’s he
escapes to the US from the ire of the current ruler, the crown
prince, bin Salman. Living in Virginia, Khashoggi thinks he somewhat
safe. A permanent resident of the US. Fearful, yes, of the crown
prince. But his home is in the US, in Virginia!
trademark, violence, and I don’t mean it’s historical
engagement in cruelty, bullying, rape or the institutionalization of
disenfranchisement. I’m looking at the violence of the cover
up! Black journalists are crazy and they lie! Dr. Anita Hill is “a
little bit nutty and a little bit slutty”! Dr. Christine
Blasey-Ford is “mixed up”!
recedes to a voiceless and invisible corner of the American
discourse. Always present, it’s no wonder warnings from our
past is relevant and true today: “...when you have never seen
vicious mobs lynch your mothers and fathers at will and drawn your
sisters and brothers at whim; when you have seen hate-filled
policemen curse, kick, brutalize, and even kill your black brothers
and sisters with impunity…” (Dr.
Martin L. King, Jr., “Letter from Birmingham Jail,”
remember a history that hasn’t had the cleaners come around,
removing the evidence of state violence.
media is still the “enemy of the people.” Today. No
criticism of violent policies or violent regimes is acceptable! Beat
journalists up or kill them. The killing of criticism directed at the
powerful isn’t news in the world, particularly not news in the
US. So there’s a reason to slap the label “fake news”
on the pages of the New York Times.
There’s a reason to steer Americans toward Fox News,
where there are no enemies of
the people, but rallies of people, shouting and cheering when the
president shouts, “witch hunt!” “witch hunt!”
“witch hunt!” Perpetuate violence on designated the
Byrd, dragged? You say he’s dead! We don’t know anything!
Oh, yeah, he left. Yeah, he left.
News. It’s the Saudis. Listen: Khashoggi is dead. He
entered the Saudi embassy with fists up. Fighting, yeah. Then
something happened. Got it!
the response from the president of the US: I believe them!
They have money! I like money!
if the Washington Post writes
anything to contrary, then it’s fake news, Americans!
New York Times is fake news to
yes, not fake news—those mid-term elections on November 6th!