Red Caps and Yellow Journalism

Red Caps and Yellow Journalism

Red Caps and Yellow Journalism

When the Founders of the United States established our Republic, they designed a “Checks and Balances” system that for the most part works well. At some point the Press interjected itself into the cultural framework of our government, having neither checks nor balances to prevent its very real capacity to damage ordinary citizens. Especially when journalists practice “yellow journalism” and fail any adherence to their own standards of practice.

What does journalism school teach these people?

According to their own standards of practice, “Reporters are expected to be as accurate as possible given the time allotted to story preparation and the space available and to seek reliable sources.”

Twitter is a reliable source? Seriously? What about Instagram or Facebook? Hey, how about the bathroom wall of the local gas station? The only difference between platforms is the method of delivery, and rate of infection spread.

Next they’d like to have the story to include, “Independent fact-checking by another employee of the publisher is desirable.”

For the record, your fellow journalist re-Tweeting the same information is not a method of independent fact checking.

Seriously, guys, these are YOUR guidelines. It seems as though almost every reporter or journalist acquired amnesia, and jumped on the Lynch-Mob wagon to eviscerate a child. Ohh, a child should have extra protections! Well, they do. In the haste to “get the story our first, and generate clicks” the professionals overlooked yet another of their guidelines. Sorry, my bad. I used the singular form. They ignored ALL of these guidelines

Show compassion for those who may be affected adversely by news coverage.

Use special sensitivity when dealing with children and inexperienced sources or subjects.

Be sensitive when seeking or using interviews or photographs of those affected by tragedy or grief.

Recognize that gathering and reporting information may cause harm or discomfort.

Pursuit of the news is not a license for arrogance.

Recognize that private people have a greater right to control information about themselves than do public officials and others who seek power, influence or attention.

Only an overriding public need can justify intrusion into anyone’s privacy. Show good taste. Avoid pandering to lurid curiosity.

Love is never having to say “sorry”

When that love is for oneself it’s even better. When CNN, or as I like to say “Certainly NOT News”, picked up the narrative of a poor Native American Man being tormented by a MAGA-hat wearing example of White Male Toxicity they failed the standards of journalism. But they weren’t alone by any stretch. Media pundits picked it up and ran like they were racing against Usain Bolt.

Exactly what are CNN’s standards for journalism and ethics? We’d love to share them with you dear reader, but CNN is in court preventing them from being shared with the public. Yes, a news outlet that demands transparency in others, is actively hiding its guiding principles. The Washington Post is highlighting the story and associated concerns.

Meanwhile, CNN is waging a legal battle in Florida in part to keep its internal news standards guide out of the public realm. That guide, it says in court documents, contains “privileged, confidential and proprietary information about CNN’s business practices.”

I’m confused as to why CNN would go to court to HIDE their news standards. It should be easily associated with the standards of the “Society of Professional Journalists.”  Is it because the standards ascribed to your agency allow a complete deviation from those expected by professionals? Standards that clearly allow your verified Twitter account to post inflammatory reporting?

I have yet to see CNN publicly state they were wrong to jump the gun, and run with an incomplete story. It took a day, and a lot of “citizen” journalists armed with secondary video to re-direct the narrative. Even then, the best that CNN can do is tweet this:

Same picture of course, and the ever present MAGA hat comment. As if the hat is the actual issue and the child secondary. The time stamp on the “updated” post is well after the other video emerged. CNN’s twitter feed was full of engrossing topics like Michelle Obama’s book, and the Buzzfeed SNAFU. But it took them a while to update their page on what was certainly a hot enough topic that it had to be sent out before applying any of the standards of journalism.

It’s not you, it’s us and how you make us feel #hatsarebad

The best CNN can bring itself to do is publish a story about how the Twitter account responsible for the initial tweet was deleted by Twitter. Then writes “In four days, three viral videos showed us there’s always more to the story.” Included are insightful statements like,

Yet, to others, Sandmann’s beguiling expression and the group’s choice of gear betrayed their true intentions.
“Bottom line, if this kid had any respect for elders he would have walked away and left it at that. His body language and facial expression are pretty clearly taunting and not helpful to the situation at all,” another CNN commenter said.
And,
“The MAGA hat, like the Confederate flag, wouldn’t elicit outraged reactions if it were only a piece of cloth that harkened back to bygone days never to be relived. But it isn’t. It is a signifier for those who believe America was great during some point in the past they dare not name, knowing if they do, it would reveal a time when it was worse for people of color.”

Really…? Ya think? Hmmm. Have we gone so far down the rabbit hole of insanity that we overlook the vile behavior of ADULTS and blame it on kids because they wear MAGA hats? What planet do we live on where verbal assaults are less offensive than a hat. The hat may elicit a visceral response, but it’s not yelling profane and vulgar insults. It’s a hat, and unless one is in a “Harry Potter” film, hats don’t talk.

Of course, those hats “remind everyone of the Jim Crow era” and are a “modern day stand in for a Klan hood.”  At least that’s what the masses are led to believe. Not even a man enjoying some wings is safe from an overreactive response, shared here by Jodi Giddings. Please disregard that he’s actually a Black American. We know that the liberals are very kind to Black Conservatives….

Failing to check yourself, means you will wreck yourself

“Check yourself before you wreck yourself” is a popular phrase in my house. Loosely translated it means that reckless behavior will have consequences. Our Framers built in a system to keep a check on the Government. Journalism has no such mechanism. The best recourse is through Civil Court and lawsuits for Libel, Slander, and Defamation of Character. Unfortunately, the Civil Court process takes place after the damage is done. Every boy at Covington Catholic school is smeared by jump the gun journalism. The boys at the March for Life are forever defined by the Lynch Mob looking to hang them on the tree of Twitter. Future employment, college acceptance, dating, even renting a home are all impacted by the repercussions of a single tweet that grew mainstream media legs. These kids and their families are in very real danger from actual mobs. In fact, their school had to close to ensure student safety after repeated threats.

 

A history of reactive violence

We’ve seen it with Tucker Carlson both at home and a family dinner. We’ve seen it with Sarah Huckabee Sanders. In violation of their own terms of service,  Twitter is allowing media personalities to demand violence against innocent people. Looking at the lunacy on the left, is it a stretch to think that something bad will happen to these people? No, it’s just a matter of time. Already an innocent family has been subjected to Doxxing and harassment by unhinged mobs. The family in question has a son who “sort of” looks like one of the boys in the video. VG’s own Kim Hirsch covers some of it here.

They believe their own narrative

Even a more complete video isn’t enough to change the media tone of blaming the kids. Despite having this video on their website, People magazine writes “Refusing to move, Sandmann peered down at Phillips in the clip while a large group around them, many of whom were also wearing MAGA apparel, laughed and seemed to make fun of Phillips’ chants. Others in the group clapped along. One boy got into an argument with an activist in Phillips’ group.” Watch the video yourself here, and see if the rules of journalism are being applied. Especially the one that states, “Consider the long-term implications of the extended reach and permanence of publication. Provide updated and more complete information as appropriate.”

Donald Trump is well known on Twitter. I find that often his tweets and comments are inflammatory, doing more harm than good. In this case, I find that I agree with his tweet. The media and journalists have run with a bias so contradictory to their own standards,  yellow journalism is an apt description.

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5 Comments
  • GWB says:

    journalists practice “yellow journalism”
    Don’t buy what they’ve been selling! “Yellow journalism” is the NORM, not the exception.

    What does journalism school teach these people?
    That they are NOBLE and on the side of the angels and crusading for TRUTH and JUSTICE! There’s a reason Superman’s alter ego is a journalist.

    I have yet to see CNN publicly state they were wrong to jump the gun, and run with an incomplete story.
    Because that would be an admission of guilt in the libel case that will be brought. It’s very similar to the “never tell a cop anything if you have to shoot a bad guy, until you’ve lawyered up” attitude.

    As if the hat is the actual issue
    Well, for the anti-Trump folks, it IS the actual issue. “How dare they!” after all.

    tbc…

  • GWB says:

    A new video shows a different side of the encounter
    More accurately: A new video shows we were wrong.

    he would have walked away
    Then you (the media/left) would be accusing him of showing disrespect.

    America was great during some point in the past
    Yep, it’s always about using some aspect of the past, coloring everything in the past with it, then coloring everyone who thinks some other aspect was good with that slander.
    (I thought “you people” was bad?)

    their school had to close
    And I’m going to guess their administration is cowardly, given they also jumped on the bandwagon initially. They should have defied the threats (next time they’ll be emboldened).

    A history of reactive violence
    Because they’re religious zealots out to burn the heretics. The progs have morphed into the very thing they claim for those whose religion they reject.

    One boy got into an argument with an activist in Phillips’ group.
    ZOMG!!!1!! Not an ARGUMENT! *smdh*
    Not even a heated argument, but just “an argument”.

    I hope these boys get rich from the libel lawsuits. And I hope they grow up to outstanding conservative men, taking away from this all the right lessons.

  • Steve S says:

    “I’m confused as to why CNN would go to court to HIDE their news standards. It should be easily associated with the standards of the “Society of Professional Journalists.” ”

    No particular reason to see the printed version of CNN’s news standards. They might or might not be the manner in which CNN operates, but ultimately they are just words on paper. How CNN conducts itself is visible to all, irrespective of what their printed standards say.

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