Just as the seemingly inexplicable fall of the United States towards catastrophe and deliberately designed blunders in our political institutions serve as gear to maintain white supremacist minority rule, one of the supposed pillars of our democracy – our independent press – has repeatedly proved that it is unwilling to do what must be done to keep our country from completely falling into the hands of wing extremists.
Excerpts from Katie Couric’s new memory, Going there, revealed that the well-known anchor censored problematic comments from late Supreme Court Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg about the protest kneeling NFL star Colin Kaepernick’s song.
Justice Ginsburg complained that “I think it’s really dumb to them,” and went on to say that the protest showed “contempt for a government that made it possible for their parents and grandparents to live decent lives. … that they may not have lived in the places they came from … as they get older, they realize that this is the madness of youth. And that is why education is important. “
Couric is said to have been torn because she was a “big fan” of RBG, so he sought advice from the winged NYT columnist and – I can’t stress it enough – massive personality David Brooks, who advised him to Ginsburg “Perhaps the question was not understood, even though he was still serving on the Supreme Court at the time.”
Couric decided to take this approach to protect RBG’s public reputation, discarding the advice of former ABC news chief David Bevin, who rightly argued that “he is in the Supreme Court. People should hear what he thinks. ‘
Leaving aside the creepy and degrading racism from the RBG, it is a surprising removal of Couric’s duty to the public to hide the possibility that one of the seven Supreme Court Judges, whose decision affects lives of 300 million people, may be too old to understand the questions when they asked him. People grow old and sharp minds grow dull; but it is horrendously irresponsible to leave a person of diminished mental faculties in such a position of enormous power, especially when the seats are permanent and it is decided by whoever wins the presidency.
Couric’s story was published in October 2016; if President Obama forced Ginsburg to resign and rushed to replace the way McConnell did three weeks before the 2020 election to fill Ginsburg’s empty seat, we might not be in the problem we have today.
But not; Couric is more concerned with the shallowness of the RBG’s reputation and with showing proper respect to a wild undemocratic institution whose structure puts the country’s fate in an octogenarian death race lost to the Democratic Party thanks to naivety the Obama administration’s confidence that a historically unpopular candidate like Hillary Clinton could win the White House.
It is the strictly imposed silenced astonishment for nOrMs that when combined with a profitable business model and an ideological directive to legitimize conservatism that makes modern corporate media uniquely unprepared to face the democratic crisis facing our country.
Whether it is Katie Couric censoring and covering up human abuse and racial discrimination at the high echelons of political power or Chuck Todd allows his platform to be used to promote election fraud and incorrect vaccine information, White House press reporters are distracting the public by not yet quickly developing fake crises about the last Christmas gifts, or the entire mainstream political media sphere working itself into a jingoistic fury at the end of the Afghanistan War, it is obvious that the mainstream media is more invested in their bottom lines and their convenient relationship with the demented millionaires who run our government than them. in fulfilling their civic duties on behalf of our democracy and the people here.