Sunday, May 4, 2008

Media's Double Standard. How to Decode

A year or so ago, Bobby Jindal, an Indian American (not that I care, but it is important later) won the governorship of Louisiana, a seat formerly held by a Democrat. This is to say that Bobby is a Republican. Several things are important here. First of all, Bobby won the governorship from a Democrat, despite all the reported negative marks for Republicans at the time. Second, he won the governorship in Louisiana, a state that was devastated from Hurricane Katrina, which by media reports Katrina was caused by George Bush and other Republicans. Third, he is a successful, conservative, NON-WHITE Republican. All of these things never made it to the headlines. I remember watching and reading the news when he was elected and I could never figure out what party he was part of. Normally such things are listed, but in this case, it was suspiciously missing. I had to do my own research to figure out that he was indeed a Republican. Obviously the media did not want to common sheeple to realize such an event occurred.

Now I scan the news and the headline all over yahoo is that Democrat Cazayoux wins congressional seat in Louisiana. It is so important that you know a Democrat won that they make sure it is the first word in the headline. I read the story and apparently this person won a seat held by Republicans since 1974. This is certainly not more significant than Jindal's victory. Apparently his Republican challenger only raised half the funds as Cazayoux and had he had a controversial past, and it was just a narrow victory at that. I believe the headline should say "Democrat narrowly wins seat in a should be easy victory."
What I would now like to offer is how to decode the beliefs and ethnicity's of those in the news. I have provided my decoder ring below:

  1. If you see a person of non-white race win an election and his or her party is not mentioned, then they are a Republican.

  2. If you see a politician in some sort of legal or ethical trouble and his or her party is not mentioned, then they are a Democrat.

  3. If a person commits a crime, especially something really bad like a mass shooting, and their race or ethnicity is not offered in the story (something important if they are still on the loose), then they are of a non-white ethnicity.

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