...When it really is news
I'm sure I'm not alone in noticing that much of what passes for news presented by large media outlets these days seems to be little more than gossip, conjecture and "click bait" (I have posted a humorous "Clarke & Dawe" clip on this issue in the past if you haven't seen it).
The first clip is of "far Left" American satirist Bill Maher. In this clip he gloriously eviscerates the prevailing childishness of so-called "responsible" media outlets. It is a pleasure to link to this broadside (although I hasten to warn you about the extreme bad language - be careful - I narrowly decided the clip was still worth recommending but please be warned).
While Mr Maher is an atheist & at the opposite cultural pole from me on most moral issues he generally displays a commendable integrity & consistency which I respect. He has also been one of the few willing to stick his neck out by publicly criticising Islam and highlighting the toxic teachings of Sharia law. He does this while assiduously avoiding tarring all Muslims with the Islamist brush, presenting an apparently too highly nuanced argument even beyond the scope of Batman to understand - even with the help of Sam Harris (that video is here and is well worth watching).
Below, is Mr Maher's attack on much of today's news media's asinine coverage of matters it considers necessary for the public to know. Four and a half minutes. I think it's important because this criticism comes from someone few of us might have expected to speak out - indeed many of us in New Zealand may not have even heard of him before now. I think it's useful to be exposed to how many influential people in entertainment and media talk & think these days. Do mind the language though.
I've posted on the Muslim British grooming gangs numerous times in the past, for example here, here and here (and also referred to a source indicating similar gangs in the Netherlands here). Those posts make for harrowing reading.
The clip below is of a talk given by Mr Norfolk in 2015. It is obviously a difficult talk for him to give & would have been even more difficult had he been able to see the lack of action in the years to come. But this is such a commendable talk. The work he did at the direction of an employer who tasked him to work solely on the Muslim rape gang issue until the public and the authorities had no choice but to do something is the kind of thing that I imagine drives many young people to enter journalism in the first place. It really did make a huge difference.
What is really fascinating to me, and I'm sure it will be to you, is how seemingly normal, caring & responsible people deliberately turned away from obvious crime & abuse and failed to not only protect the weak, but consign them to yet more unimaginable suffering. This is a poignant window on our shared human weakness. Think you'd never do this? Well those people also thought there were acceptable reasons to "deprive the innocent of justice" at one time. I have seen examples of this kind of thing far too often corrupting good people to exempt myself from being wary of a similar temptation.
Mr Norfolk's experience of corruption & his observations of suffering are enthralling. He struggles with real difficulties: how he might appear to critics; how for years authorities isolated each case, refusing to see the common thread; how to fight against not only corrupt institutions but the corruption and weakness he saw in individuals around him and, we can sense, in himself. I really commend this clip to you.
Do note that, although for some reason Tommy Robinson's name appears in the title of this clip, he is not mentioned in it.