It didn’t take me long to hop down from my Jolly Monday mood to a darker one … about 12 minutes, I think it was.
Rumour has it that Trump is planning to address the nation sometime this week on the topics of race and national unity. That would be about like me addressing a group of scientists on the topic of quantum physics.
You know what I’d really love to see? I would really love to see the mainstream media refuse to cover his address. The only reason for the address is to attempt to pump up his poll numbers which are on a downhill slide most every day, so this address will no doubt be a campaign rally of sorts, where as usual, he pats himself on the back and proclaims that he’s done a great job. But here’s the thing … when he speaks, he does not speak to the nation, rather only to his base of supporters. Why should he get free air time, free media coverage, to try to rescue his approval rating among approximately 40% of the adults in the nation?
If there is one person who is least qualified to speak about race and national unity, it is Donald Trump. He is a racist … make no mistake about that one … remember the Central Park 5. And unity? HAH!!! He has, by all accounts, been the most divisive ‘president’ in the history of the nation! It’s his strategy: Divide and Conquer.
I would urge the media to refuse to cover his speech, but I have no doubt they will feel obligated to cover it ad nauseam. You and I, however, do not have to watch it. I fully intend to boycott it and would urge you all to do the same. No doubt you will see parts of it all over the internet afterward, so if he says anything important, you’ll know it without having to put yourself through the anguish of having to watch him make an even bigger ass of himself.
Fox ‘News’ is not known for being particularly concerned with any of us outside of Trump and his support base, nor are they known for factual content. Their opinion staff are known for being offensive and crude. However, last Friday they hit a new low, even for Fox, on their segment, Special Report with Bret Baier. Fox Business correspondent Susan Li was speaking about the economy and the stock market, when this graphic was placed on the screen …
As it was shown, Li said …
“Stock markets hitting new highs despite the nationwide protests this week, historically there has been a disconnect between what investors focus on and what happens across the rest of the country. For instance, in 1968, the week after the tragedy of Martin Luther King, the S&P 500 rose over 2%, also up the week after the Rodney King ruling, and Wall Street trading on the reopening instead, this year in 2020.”
Unconscionable, abominable, horrific, racist, thoughtless, crude, cruel … there aren’t enough words to describe this segment. Most people felt the same, and the hue and cry was loud enough to cause Fox to apologize the following day. But, despite their apology, some things simply cannot be forgotten or forgiven, and this is one of them.
“This is absolutely outrageous and disgusting. This graphic tells every single @FoxNews viewer that Black lives can be exchanged for market gain.” – U.S. Representative Bobby Rush (Illinois)
“This is how they mourn the loss of black men at #FoxNews – by how much the stock market goes up. What. The. Hell!” – Michael Steele, former chairman of the Republican National Committee
Fox’ apology consisted of …
“The infographic used on FOX News Channel’s Special Report to illustrate market reactions to historic periods of civil unrest should have never aired on television without full context. We apologize for the insensitivity of the image and take this issue seriously.”
Insensitivity??? No, folks, it was disgusting, outrageous and highly offensive to us all. There are some things, such as a human life, that cannot be equated with money or profit. Sadly, some have yet to learn this, including the person in the Oval Office.
I know a number of my readers live in Florida, but I really hope none live in Brevard County! The Brevard County Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) posted this on Facebook on Saturday …
“Buffalo 57” refers to the 57 Buffalo Police Department officers who resigned from a unit assigned to mass gatherings in order to show their support for two officers who were suspended after knocking down and seriously injuring a 75-year-old unarmed man. A video that captured the event showed the man approaching two officers. One officer is seen on the video shoving the man, who then fell and hit his head. The video showed what appeared to be blood coming from the older man’s ear as he lay on the ground motionless while 57 officers walked right on past, some without so much as a glance at the man. The two officers directly involved were charged with 2nd degree assault, and the other officers resigned from the unit in protest of the treatment of their “brothers in blue”.
“Atlanta 6” refers to six Atlanta police officers who were charged after a confrontation with college students where a video showed them using Taser guns on two students who were sitting in their car.
The next day, perhaps as an afterthought, they decided to also invite Minneapolis police to join their force, too …So, these are the sort of police officers Brevard County wants to hire. Words fail me …