Lampblacked Yellow Journalist.
To some it is a slanderous comment.
The truth is - that when you have no journalistic integrity and, prior to you put one finger on the keyboard you have already picked out a particular slant to a story to and your words are merely filler - the title is appropriate.
So is the case with so many content providers over at "The RootGrio". Their agenda is the only thing that is transparent.
David Swerdlick argues that "Obama is the Real Donald Trump".
I am not here to refute the right of anyone to believe anything they please.
I am just here to add more value to the constructs of one's narrative.
Mr Swerdlick points to how Mr Obama became rich - mostly on the sale of his books. I say that Obama left "money on the table" as he should have charged licensing fees for the "Obama Presidential Commemorative Plates" that Mr Swerdlick, no doubts has invested in - likely purchasing an entire crate as the ship arrived from China.
The key point that we must all understand is that, above all, the Lampblacked Yellow Journalist Press sees Obama as THEIR GATEWAY through which THE BLACK COMMUNITY will prosper. Thus they WRITE vicariously through Obama and his experiences.
They see themselves as fighting off the enemies of Obama, the Democrats and Progressives.
Ironically - as this machine takes over the key INSTITUTIONS OF BLACK AMERICA - the failure to deliver as promised is not seen as a the machine's failure. Instead - when external "Republican Governors" come in and apply the state's constitutional obligations to provide education and civic services - that have been FRANCHISED to the locally chartered entities which are in the hands of "favorable machine members" - the Lampblacked Yellow Journalist Press and their "Black Progressive Blogger Understudies" who one day wish to get a job in their ranks in order to join the "Unity Journalists Of Color" organization - see their job as defending the machine against these attacks.
The notion that they would enforce their expectations of the people they put into power has been lost by the more immediate IDEOLOGICAL threat.
Government Money vs Money In The Financial Markets
Mr Swerdlick appears to not see that the untold billions that Donald Trump has received via commercial financing through various investment banks is very different from the money spent out of the government treasury to bail out General Motors and Chrysler Motors. His general references to "Detroit" are ironic for two reasons.
- Ford Motor Company DID NOT RECEIVE A GOVERNMENT BAIL OUT. Ford, seeing the tumultuous times ahead and its anemic balance sheet started out early on a COST CUTTING program. It engaged its union labor and worked out a compromise. While Ford indeed suffered from the collapsed US economic marketplace - these preemptive moves allowed it to avoid backruptcy - and the shredding of union contracts and stock value - that their competitive partners suffered from.
- Full disclosure I own stock in Ford Motor Company
- CNN Money - How Ford Avoided Bankruptcy
- DETROIT - Certainly he was not talking about the CITY
- If "The Grio-Root" was more transparent we would see not only articles about the condition of the city of Detroit but also ANALYSIS of where they stand and what decisions of the past brought them there
Detroit, by all measure is a "Mission Accomplished City". Over the last half century its political institutions were used as a scaffolding upon which this machine was able to ascend into power. The paring of organized labor, the Civil Rights organizations and "favorable politicians" in place was supposed to allow the Black community living there to scale to new heights using the new found POWER that was assembled.
We are not going to see ANALYSIS of how things now stand coming from the very same sources that propagandized the ascent along the way. The commonly agreed upon narrative was that "Corporate Abandonment", prompted by CAPITALIST GREED (and a dose of RACISM) is what lead the city of Detroit to where it stands today. The fact that there were two parties at the negotiating table all the way and they both had "their number" in mind prior to the meeting - thus showing a bit of complicity in the end results that transpired is not a narrative that we will likely hear.
It is not important to look at things at the transactional level though. We should look at the RESULTS and ask "are the working people of Detroit better off today than when the ascent to power was kicked off?"
- How are their property values?
- How are their schools?
- What about their public safety?
The spirit of "How Many Bubbles In A Bar Of Soap" lives.
This trick was originally used to keep Blacks from registering to vote - due to bigotry.
Today this trick is used to ensure that the newly EQUAL Black ballot continues to be invested where operatives like Mr Swerdlick want it to go.
Perhaps knowledge of the distinction between COMMERCIAL CAPITAL funds and GOVERNMENT BAILOUT funds would assist Mr Swerdlick and others in understanding a bit more about how our economy works.
I am happy that he at least appreciates the stock market and its recent rise. I am sure that if I found one of his articles from the year 2007, however, that the news of the stock market hitting an all time high 14,164 would be dismissed as being irrelevant on the issue of "Black Employment".
We nee "Black Journalists" who will defend the position of BLACK AMERICA. Ones who will understand that while the Black community indeed promotes representatives into power - THEY TOO need to be scrutinized not just based on how well they fight against the popular enemies for Black folks but - on occasion the THEORIES that they all operate from in common needs to be put up to the light for inspection.
Some people prove themselves to be unworthy inspectors.