Exactly, we’ll said.
Tragically, such threats have exsisted as long as thereve been journalists. What’s current is the fact that an authoritarian personality with increasingly cult like sway over his supporters has signaled out the people most likely to reveal the truth of his self-serving lies.
Whether or not yesterdays murderous gun man was tipped over the edge by Trump and his enablers rhetoric, journalists have been targeted by an unhinged president and his administration - that public targeting serving for some as government sanction to muzzle if not outright harm the journalists who work to sustain our Democracy’s Free Press.
I don't think I would ever kill a journalist, but I won't hug a journalist either. Journalists don't appear to want to be hugged. I wouldn't shake their hands because they have limp handshake. Journalists claim to be "truth bearers", "guardians of truth", "defenders of truth," and "defenders of democracy." Let's be honest. Journalists, bloggers, Snap chatters, Twitters, Instagramers, Youtubers are selfish, egotistical, self-centered, self- promoting, braggarts. It's about them and their branding. They must answer these questions while they make their quest into information highway: How quickly can they make themselves a home name commodity? Who will buy them? How much will they pay for them? Who will keep them? Who will pay them? How much will they earn? How do they keep themselves relevant in a changing distribution outlet?
Information distribution is a business. There needs to a be a supplier, a manufacturer, a distributor, and a wholesaler. There needs to be an investor wanting to "buy into the message" or the IPO. Yes, you must have occasionally you get knock-offs too, but that is the world of any consumer product. Then you have the consumer looking to make the best out of the bust of buck they have to pay for the information.
A journalist getting harassed in the United States is nothing new and is part of the business. A journalist getting shot and killed in the United States is an anomaly, an outlier, a one and million event.
When journalists are harassed on air it adds some cache to their resume and adds to their sales potential.
During a hot Texas winter, on a major highway, I had a deep conversation with a police detective. We griped about no cool down, no snow, no quiet night, and no safe drivers.
He asked me, "Do you know what you are?"
I shook my head. He answered, "You are flea on a rat at roadkill." I winced and when he walked away, I countered, "If I'm a flea what does that make you?"
He never answered.
On a side note, BSSJ was fun wasn't it?
A sports writer-turned-professorCurriculum Vitae (1/25/2021)