One of the great cultural / philosophical debates surrounding the long, drawn out 2015 – 2016 campaign for the US Presidency has to do with the “morality” of media coverage. The assertion goes something like this: If the media hadn’t covered Donald Trump so willingly and extensively, he might very well have just gone away. But is it actually the responsibility of the media to make a story go away?
Surely a more measured assessment of the situation would be that if Trump is genuinely the embodiment of a number of significant contemporary American social ills, it is absolutely the job of the media to cover the story as vigorously as possible. On top of that, many insiders have even begun to publicly accept that bias in the media is simply a 21st Century reality. And of course, it is no secret that ratings and clicks hold sway over virtually every decision.
Actress, director and outspoken activist Rose McGowan has taken the position that the media has, in fact, failed us – that it has willingly cultivated and egged on the baser aspects of the circus sideshow that is the current Presidential campaign. All for the sake, certainly, of increased readership and viewership. In response, she has issued an earnest and passionate open letter pleading for sanity, referring to the “daily reign of terror cancer” that flashes across our screens. It is a more idealistic overture than a realistic one – though perhaps a bit of idealism couldn’t hurt at such a moment as this. Still and all, best not to hold one’s breath for a major media soul searching any time soon. And if Trump is indeed made to go away, it will surely only be via the voting booth in November.
Dear Enablers and Donald,
After the Republican National Convention I wrote an open letter to a rabid Trump supporter. I realize now the letter was for you, Donald and media men. It’s you I’ve been wanting to talk to. You who have been stressing me and most of the nation out to the point of a diagnosable sickness. WE ARE BEING POISONED. We, the public, are being sickened by an ever expanding assault on our right to live a healthy and free life. Donald & you ratings driven colluders, are holding us the public hostage and exposing us to disease. A massive DISease.
Our symptoms are knots in our shoulders, sick feelings in the pit of our vaginas, stomach tightness, shortness of breath, wildly elevated stress levels- we are now chronically experiencing a true mass illness.
Caused by you. You all had a hand in this. You must take ownership of this situation.
You are causing a worldwide sickness. You are POISONING us as sure as Flint is poisoning its citizens. You are poisoning your very own family and us, your brothers and sisters.
This is real. We are sick. Living with your daily reign of terror cancer, and it is terror cancer, is something we are unwilling to do for another minute. I do not want to live my life this way. I am a proud AMERICAN & GLOBAL CITIZEN who’s head is bowed to her knees in because she is sickened every day. Because of you. It is NOT most of America who should be ashamed, it is YOU for propagating this propaganda.
We, the public, need for you to look for your humanity. We, the public, need you to think differently and to do better. Think different. Do better. It’s that easy to be a better person and to do the right thing no matter the cost. The time is now.
Stop poisoning humanity. Go rogue, reverse course, be BRAVE. He is a murderer in the making. Do NOT AID AND ABET A CRIME.
UNPLUG THE MICROPHONES
STOP COVERING HIM
TURN THE LIGHTS OUT
STOP THE CANCER
It is time to RISE and say NO MORE