IN THE IMMEDIATE AFTERMATH OF COLIN KAEPERNICK NEWS we've been bombarded with "what he did "and "what he said", predictably not so much, "what he actually said."
This is not to defend Kaepernick but I think mass media has a golden opportunity to, as they always say, "begin a conversation."
So much of radio and TV has been about the event as opposed to a serious discussion about race relations, law enforcement, America, 21st Century, etc. I realize it's a pipedream but why not discuss all of this in a town-hall forum-like setting?--I recall Ted Koppel had many of these during his tenure at ABC News and "Nightline" --it was not your usual archaic PBS-style presentation, no it was really informative and dare I say, refreshing and entertaining.
By and large Americans are not doofuses --I think they would react positively to some sort of programming like this; why the hell not? We've been programmed to act like idiots because we've been force-fed a lot of garbage by the idiot people who run the news business; it's not just TV, it runs the entire media spectrum from radio; of course the Internet and Cable TV too.
Listen to the quislings on AM radio in this market (and beyond) who couldn't have a serious conversation about the Kaepernick affair if their life depended on it. They have to rely on phony sound drops because they can't talk authentic for a change. They assume the audience is just as stupid and silly as they are; the worst are the sports-talk shows who suddenly have to veer off from their banality of AM radio minutiae and deal with real-life news events like the Caepernick issue. Too bad they're almost comically lost in space.
TV News is good at getting the initial sound bites and reaction with MOS interviews but after that, it's all downhill from there. Wouldn't it be great if the anchors had a split-screen with opposing viewpoints? For example, Dr. Harry Edwards and a retired military figure. Five minutes of that beats another useless weather update but that's just me. I'd rather watch a Book Notes on CSPAN 3 than an old "Law and Order" rerun. Everyone has different tastes.
Even if you can't stand Kaepernick and think his actions were disingenuous and unpatriotic he did get his message out; it's a message America has been dealing with for over three years and running now; law enforcement mistreatment of and misconduct directed at mostly unarmed African-American and minority youth. This is not to take sides and this forum is not an arbiter of who's right and wrong. Leave that to the participators and their affiliates.
This forum advocates our mass media and how they can take a massive topic; a singular American issue that has become ingrained into our daily lives what with incidents like Ferguson, Baton Rouge, Minnesota, and Dallas and Orlando in the mix. Add international and domestic terrorism and we have quite a lot on our plate.
Colin Kaepernick may have indirectly done all of us a favor by putting it all out there. You may deride his tactics and question his motives but he's got a nation talking about a whole bunch of very serious issues that have nothing to do with Pokémon and millenials taking selfies.
It's time our mass media got off their rear ends and offered something more substantive than the usual drivel.
The American people deserve no less.
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