Days of Change

Balti-Less | April 28, 2015

A narrative is literally the telling of a story. When we talk about media narratives, it has to do with multiple outlets telling the same story. News is not a narrative. It’s what happens. Just reading off facts does not create a brand or fill the news hole. Most news outlets provide “context,” and that context seems to have the same heroes and victims. In a sober moment, even Fox News’ Shepherd Smith told the same tale of concerned protesters against a corrupt police force in Baltimore, parroting MSNBC and some on CNN.

Narratives come and go because they are just stories. There was no “year of the woman” or “recovery summer.” If the earth is getting warmer every year, we have to be told that because the summers aren’t much different. Gun violence by legal gun owners has become an old narrative and activists like Shannon Watts are seeing her media support failing. This is now the year of the racial conflict. Every police department is racist and they’d better not look wrong at a Black criminal.

And while Ferguson is a slogan, the facts of the case show a big bruiser tried to beat up a cop and got shot. Police brutality and overreach is more of a concern than racial bias. It’s not a good narrative to talk about generational poverty or a society that places support payments above income. Instead of the “man” keeping down Black communities, it is that man in blue, who ironically is often Black himself.

This is why I don’t even bother watching news on TV anymore.

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1 Comment

  1. For the msm, “narrative” means justification, not justice. If the TV cameras stopped rolling, so would the mobs.

    Comment by Mary — April 29, 2015 @ 12:47 am


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