The government’s law and order crackdown displays the performative cruelty that Priti Patel has made her own, says Guardian columnist Martin Kettle
— Read on amp.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/jul/29/crime-pays-tories-law-and-order-cruelty-priti-patel
A great read for anyone wanting to know more about the details of US policing and real world, actionable change that can be enacted immediately.
- The US is the wild fucking west and I had no idea how astoundingly unregulated those crime syndicates were.
- A major part of that lack of oversight is the immense strength and influence of the police unions.
As an old fashioned Socialist, it’s not often I oppose union influence but a radical shift needs to take place to shape the market in which the police union operates.
‘How to Actually Fix America’s Police’, Stoughton, Noble, Alpert in The Atlantic
If you’re not abreast of these phenomena, than you’re simply not involved. Enjoy…
“Playing the refs by browbeating them has long been a key move in the right-wing playbook against traditional media. The method is simple: It involves badgering them with accusations of unfairness and bias so that they bend over backwards to accommodate a “both sides” narrative even when the sides were behaving very differently, or when one side was not grounded in fact. Climate-change deniers funded by fossil-fuel companies effectively used this strategy for decades, relying on journalists’ training and instinct to equate objectivity with representing both sides of a story. This way of operating persisted even when one of the sides was mostly bankrolled by the fossil-fuel industry while the other was a near-unanimous consensus of independent experts and academics.”
In a time of demagoguery, “impartiality” and “establishing the facts” are contradictory terms. Another sterling example of the Fourth Estate failing the people, speaking for power and making a mockery of the facts. Enjoy 😏
‘Why is the BBC bending to the Government’s definition of impartiality?’, Owen Jones
“When faced with a very clear choice between yielding to government pressure or serving viewers by telling them the truth, BBC management, shamefully, chose the former,” says one Newsnight source. “BBC bosses believe this helps preserve the organisation. All it will really do is sign its death warrant.”