Well faithful readers, it’s a new year. While your ever-vigilant crew at Culture War Reporters has certainly enjoyed their break, time marches inexorably on and we’ve got some catching up to do. Why not kick things off with our favorite nemesis and all-around nutjob Don Lemon.
Who we can always rely on to bring us incisive and relevant info on today’s most pressing stories.
As dedicated readers will certainly recall, CNN anchor Don Lemon is not exactly a good person. Lemon represents everything wrong with the news today: ignorance to facts, obstinance in the face of correction, and glee in chasing whatever headline will pull in the ratings- and all from behind a facade of journalism. And certainly, there are plenty of folks in the media today who are notorious for each of these problems, but few manage the impressive feat of having all them at once, and definitely not with the reach and influence that Lemon has. The man’s the perfect storm of power, obliviousness, stubbornness, and ****y ethics, and yours truly has made a point of keeping an eye on him in the same way that you’d keep an eye on a typhoon brewing off the coast. And I’m sad to say that, no, it looks like Hurricane Don isn’t showing any signs of abating.
Posted in bizarreness, media, morality, news, politics
Tagged Anderson Cooper, cnn, Don Lemon, Donald Trump, drunk, ethics, Facts, Hillary Clinton, Immigrants, interview, journalism, Kathy Griffin, New Year's Eve, San Bernardino, Walter Cronkite
You may have seen the following video circulating on the internet. For those of you who haven’t seen it, I should warn you that it contains coarse language.
I absolutely love how CityNews reporter Shauna Hunt manages to professionally undermine this popular joke. She is bang on in identifying the blatant sexism of the comment, and the way it exudes disrespect for all female news anchors. This phrase, and the trend of harassing female reporters, is particularly frustrating because it falls into “legal no man’s land” and would be very difficult to prosecute. However, shortly after this video aired, one of the men who defends the FHRITP trend was fired from his high-paying engineering job for violating their code of conduct.
While I am frankly quite ecstatic that we no longer live in the era of “boys will be boys”, there are certain aspects of this case that have also raised up questions for me. I’ve shared those questions with you below.
At what point does internet justice become cyber-bullying?
The internet has been a major catalyst for feminist activism. For example, a wide variety of feminist issues that are not usually discussed by mainstream media have been able to gain traction on social media. As a woman, I’m so thankful for that. I’m also a big believer in creating stigma around certain behaviours, since it often seems far more effective than banning them altogether. However, I have noticed some instances where public shaming has become an unnecessary contest between shamers. Evan has touched on this in the past, but I also found some prime examples of this on the “Help Shawn Simoes get his Job Back” Facebook page. It seems that instead of liking it in order to actually support the FHRITP scapegoat, people have been liking it so that they can one up each other with their witty comments.
Posted in Canada, feminism, internet, news
Tagged blogger, censorship, consequences, crimes, cyber-bulling, drunk, engineering, FHRITP, fired, frat boy, honesty, internet, internet justice, Jian Ghomeshi, money, new world, news, panopticon, prank, reality, reporter, reputation, second chances, Shauna Hunt
The purpose of Fame Day is to, as the page states, “to give credit [and praise] where it is due.” While Gordon has used it to draw attention to significant contributors to our present day world a few times, I have in turn pointed readers towards YouTube to check out a series I deem to be of high quality. This is another of those times.
I was directed towards a show hosted on the YouTube channel of Vice magazine, and was captured instantly. As an avid lover of food shows [which you’d know if you’ve been keeping up with E>], Munchies was exactly the sort of show I didn’t know I was looking for, a window into the lives of chefs that didn’t include their motives for supporting various charities [I’m looking at you, Top Chef Masters]. Continue reading
Posted in Fame Day, food, internet, television
Tagged Alcohol, Anthony Bourdain, Cal Elliott, chef, chefs, Christina Tosi, cooking, Dairy Queen, Dale Talde, drunk, Fame Day, food, Food Network, food shows, honest, Momofuku Milk Bar, Munchies, restaurant, restauranteurs, restaurants, Rye, Talde, transparent, TV, Vice, YouTube