JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: SILLY COLUMN ON TRUMP’S SUPPOSED MYSOGYNY -THE USE OF AMERICAN POLL RESULTS IN JOURNALISM – INFLUENCE OF THE PRESS ON MEASURED PUBLIC OPINION – AND NAME-CALLING OF ANOTHER KIND   Leave a comment

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE BY DIANE FRANCIS IN THE GUARDIAN

 

This is a pretty silly column.

A poll showing what groups of Americans think on any subject has little substance and certainly has little to do with journalism.

The last time I looked, close to half of Americans believed Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction still hidden.

The fact is the press, acting much like one big advertising campaign, weekly swings and colors American opinion, and, as I think it clear, the press, which is just one more large corporate special interest in America, does not like Donald Trump. In fact, it attacks him relentlessly.

Truly, misogyny is one of those words writers should use carefully. Cheap name-calling, something again we have truckloads of in America, isn’t pretty, and it isn’t journalism.

By all accounts Trump’s family relationships are warm and affectionate. His wife is a very intelligent woman who, apart from other accomplishments, speaks four languages. I find it hard to credit that she lives with genuine misogyny.

Trump does have a problem with his mouth, but it is not exclusive to the subject of women, and the fact is that he is part of the fabric of an entire country which has serious mouth problems. America is a rude, often uncouth, and violent place, full stop.

The President says stupid things regularly, as do many of the chief politicians in Congress.

I just love that closing with “…he responded with characteristic self-delusion.” So, Ms. Francis also is a psychiatrist?

The Guardian seriously needs to up its game on publishing opinion pieces.

Posted March 31, 2016 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

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