Thursday, April 12, 2012

Language Barrier

My latest piece for the Daily Banter is up. This one deals with CNN's idiotic response to the use of profanity and the word "nigger" by a correspondent, just a couple of week's after its not-at-all-idiotic response.

Here's the opening shot:

"Well, it was good while it lasted.

A couple of weeks ago, CNN correspondent Drew Griffin — who’s an old friend of mine going back to our time together at KCBS in the mid-90s — caused a minor stir by saying the word 'nigger' live on the air during a report he was doing. Aside from that minor stir, though — the instinctive gasping and clutching of pearls by outside media outlets always vigilantly on the lookout for the next non-controversy to create out of thin air — what’s significant is what happened on CNN in the immediate aftermath of the comment.

Nothing. Nothing at all. No sudden gasping for air followed by a harried apology. No public self-flagellation. No immediate scheduling of summit meetings with the NAACP followed by the commission of ten-part series on race relations in America hosted by Soledad O’Brien and Toure. Not a damn thing."

Read the Rest at the Daily Banter

1 comment:

CNNfan said...

Two wrongs don't make a right.

Offensive language is wrong.

Broadcasting it only makes it
more wrong.