An Observation on all this Discussion of Martin, Owens, and the Blogosphere
I don’t have time for a lenghty post, but the following has been rolling around in my head for a day or so now.
So let me get this straight: we are supposed to accept the notion that the media coverage of the Trayvon Martin case is creating a wave of revenge attacks across the country but at the same time it is ridiculous to even think about the fact that there is nothing in the history of the United States that would have given legitimate pause over a situation in which an unarmed black teenager was shot and killed with no arrests made and seemingly an inadequate investigation was undertaken.
Am I getting this right?
In short: the power of a doctored NBC clip and the President answering a question in a press conference is overwhelming while the power of racism and our complicated history with race has no power whatsoever.
This is, at least, the way the Treachers, Da Tech Guys*, etc. are coming across to me.
It would seem that concern over the racial components of the Martin-Zimmerman incident is race-baiting and crazy talk designed to spark riots and violence.
However, immediately jumping on the Owens beating as an example of NBC, race-baiters, and the President fomenting violence is dispassionate analysis.
Again: am I getting this right?
(And seriously: if I am getting this wrong, tell me how).
*And I certainly agree with his statement: “You the reader can read us both and make up your own mind.”
Although I will say, his umbrage at my comment “And yes, I have almost certainly started another round of Ridiculous Comment Thread Theater, so my apologies to the regulars” is misplaces (either that or he didn’t read the thread in question. My problem with that thread has nothing to do with dissenting voices—that I welcome. My problem was the childishness of Treacher. On that count, I highly recommend jukeboxgrad’s breakdown of the thread and Treacher’s contributions in particular.