Friday, March 13, 2009

We Interrupt this Commercial Message... A Few Questions for Television News Anchors

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An open letter to the anchors of corporate U.S. TV news shows:

So when does identifying rape as a form of terrorism and war against women become more important than letting the viewer know who made the greatest fashion faux pas at this year's Oscar Awards show?

When do starving children and adults--disproportionately female, often taken out with lower respiratory infections, HIV/AIDS, malaria, diarrhea, tuberculosis, measles, and whooping cough, get identified, by name--one by one, as also dying directly from U.S. bombings, white Western genocidal policies, Western cultural imperialism, corporate greed and poisoning of the Earth, and military actions we control or condone?

As but one of many among the demographic groups so important to your corporate statisticians who work to sell me your unsustainable, slavery-requiring shit, can you explain to me, exactly, in language I can understand, how the World Bank is NOT, in fact, "Working for a World Free of Poverty"?

When might I program my DVR to tape the series of reports on how the IMF's leaders are lying through their sharpened teeth to announce this bunk about what they really do for a living: "The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is an organization of 185 countries, working to foster global monetary cooperation, secure financial stability, facilitate international trade, promote high employment and sustainable economic growth, and reduce poverty around the world." Why don't you TV morning news show hosts have a really good laugh over that one?

What time may I set my clock alarm to note you permanently halting the gross misuse of graphics and other images portraying men of color as THE MOST DANGEROUS MEN IN THE WORLD and as a category of people who, you remind me constantly, are the most threatening people on Earth to the well-being of white folks? When will you release the reports on the number of men (and women) of color white men have killed, or slaughtered, or taken out through genocide, institutionalised poverty, and other forms of organised mass murder? Could you please compare that figure to the number of white men killed by Black and Latino and Asian men (and women) over the same period of time?

How long will it take for your columnists and correspondents to stop blaming feminism for patriarchal harm? To stop blaming feminism for white middle class women having to both work outside and inside the home when women of color have always been doing this, well before what you call feminism came on the scene? When will you stop blaming feminism for making women feel bad about themselves and for putting too much pressure on women to "do it all"?

In what time period will you welcome radical feminists of any color on the air without interruption, and without presenting five well-paid, corporate pimp-owned people "to balance out her point of view"?

When will you stop being utterly obsessed with heterosexual celebrity relationships, marriages, affairs, divorces, baby bumps and births? When does the Nadya Suleman saga stop taking up more time in the media than the forced sterilisation and rape of American Indian women by white men?

In what year might we expect you to announce that a woman of color is now the head of any of the top U.S. news networks or conglomerates, and also stop your whining and complaining about how the days of white men being in charge are over because we currently have one Black man as president, following 43 white guys, and no women of any race?

When will you stop equating "America" with "The United States of America"? Venezuela and Canada, Mexico and Brazil, Newfoundland and Nicaragua are also part of "America".

When does around-the-clock coverage begin showing and accurately interpreting what people of conscience among the Indigenous Nations of the Americas have to say out about the on-going genocides against Indigenous Americans from the Inuit of Canada's tundra to the Yamana of Tierra del Fuego--if the Yamana have not already been completely wiped off the Earth? Is Michael Phelps' pot-smoking really more important a news story than that?

When will you call plastic surgeons who do routine breast enlargements, tummy tucks, face and butt lifts, what they actually are: serial butchers who profit from women's poor self-esteem and self-image that is entirely manufactured by your ads and racist/woman-hating industries?

When will you report on the devastating effects to nonhuman life of biocidal practices that comprise the foundation of Western Civilisation? Or is the story of the man who wrestled with a shark for two hours (and won) more important?

When, in other words, will you start telling us the truths that your corporate boards of trustees won't allow you to tell us without firing you?

When will you grow a spine and a conscience, or leave your post out of shame? Or, when will allow people with a conscience and a spine to take over those boardrooms and displace, by any means necessary, the trustees who care more about how many millions they'll make this year than about human and nonhuman life and the health of the planet?

I won't bother asking Rush Limbaugh or Bill O'Reilly as I already know they are so damned heartless that I can't expect a readable pulse from either one of them.

So, I'm waiting for your answers Matt Lauer, John Stossel, and Scott Pelley; Leslie Stahl, Stone Phillips, and Katie Couric; Charles Gibson, Keith Olbermann, and Anderson Cooper. Post your replies here, unless your bosses will fire you for doing so--no, post them even IF your bosses will fire you for doing so; surely you've all raked in enough money and property by now to live out the rest of your very privileged lives.

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