Sunday, September 6, 2009

Racism, Politics and the Media

Racism, Politics, and the Media Janeane Garofalo is hostage to her own deranged opinions. Opinion in Politics — by Christine Lakatos — on May 31, 2009

Has Janine Garofolo become the prisoner of her own deranged opinions?

I realize this is old news, but while I was “news hopping”, I did happen to catch an interview that Keith Olbermann (MSNBC) had with Janeane Garofalo (comedienne, liberal activist) which I think is worth confronting.
Her words penetrated my soul and are clear in my mind today, “...this is about hating a black man in the White House…this is racism straight up…nothing but a bunch of tea-bagging red necks." Garofalo was referring to the Tax Day Tea Party which took place on April 15, 2009, in which hundreds of thousands of citizens gathered in more than 800 cities to voice their opposition to out-of-control spending at all levels of government.

During this interview, she continued to mock Conservatives; "this is about racism", "these guys hate that a black guy is in the White House", "these people...Fox news loves to foment this anti-intellectualism", "the Conservative movement has now crystallized into the white-power movement", "right wing has….there’s no shortage of the natural resources of ignorance, apathy, hate, and fear”, “who else is FOX talking to, what is it, urban, older white guys and the women who suffer from Stockholm Syndrome.”
They say you are not supposed to talk about politics or religion (my two favorite topics), but I decided to break this rule in response to Janeane Garofalo and her deranged opinions about Conservatives–an article entitled "Racism, Politics and the Media"; exclusively for Blog Critics-Politics
“I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” Martin Luther King, Jr.
Click here to read the entire article.

Here is a snapshot of my first article that made top headlines for Blogcritics Mag Political Section

I realize some critics of my article wonder why I would give any credence to the words of a celebrity (Garofalo is also an activist), and this is a valid point. However, I think these opinions are more than just that of Garofalo. It also speaks volumes to the irresponsibility of MSNBC and celebrities that spread such nonsense. You never know who is watching, may believe the propaganda, and become followers of these celebrities and their ideas!

Some also state, that Garofalo was just going for the "shock factor"–being funny! Well, if this was part of her stand-up comedy routine, that may make sense, but she chose "Countdown with Keith Olbermann" as her platform to spread her harsh words. To make it worse, her attacks were generalized–attacking citizens who happen to be Conservatives, like me! When are we going to understand that words are very powerful and have a long lasting impression–they can be informative, can build up or tear down?

Unfortunately we are in a "star-struck" era, and in my opinion celebrities have too much power in the political arena, whether it's with their presence, money, or words. "With power comes responsibility"--you would hope that celebrities would take the time to do more research before they publicly display their opinions, especially when they are so radical (both sides left and right, Liberal and Conservative).

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