Why We Are White Refugees
From If it Bleads, It Leads; to ETV's Jerry Springer News
Do the media love violence, racial animosity? Do the media deliberately and intentionally ignore articles about non-violent activism, which favours sincere conflict resolution and problem solving; in favour of outrageous statements and acts of violence?
According to Mathew Kerbel, the author of If It Bleads, It Leads, a fundamental rule of television is: “It is a pretend medium.” I imagine much of his advice and criticism of television media is also applicable to print media. He refers to how journalists love stock phrases, which reminds you of that stock phrase we have heard in the past 5 days to describe the AWB and Eugene Terre'Blanche as 'white supremacist/s' (never defined); while Julius Malema is a 'firebrand politician'. Stock phrases.
Furthermore, he asserts the mainstream media have adopted their formulae from the Jerry Springer handbook, to titilate their viewers with confrontation and violence; with very little interest in thoughtful analysis. They prefer brevity, simplicity and shock value to depth, explaining complexity and finding sincere resolutions to problems. Makes me wonder: Did E-News adopt Jerry Springer show tactics by intentionally attempting to antagonize AWB's Mr. Andre Visagie, by deliberately denying him the opportunity to speak?
If it Bleads, It Leads Critique before Constitutional Court
Consider for a minute a legal application currently before the Chief Justice of the Constitutional Court, which, among others, accuses the media of participating in an Exponential Population Growth Policy Agenda, the consequences of this Policy being overpopulation colliding with scarce and depleted resources: crime, unemployment, poverty, terrorism, etc. Put differently, the media's conspiracy of silence coverup of these local resource war consequences of exponential population growth, mean that people who are educated by the media, remain ignorant of these facts. If the media deliberately and intentionally censor news about non-violent peaceful activism, do they have any moral credibility to pronounce judgement on activists, whose non-violent actions are censored, who resort to violence, to get media coverage for their related causes?
The Radical Honesty Amicus Curiae Application's Arguments, also known as the Human Conciousness Rule-of-Law Freedom Charter are:(a) that only a sincere and serious specific, clear and unambiguous Truth and Forgiveness Social Contract, unequivocally understood and practiced by the common man can ever contribute to sincere and serious reconciliation and the reconstruction of South Africa’s violent ridden society; and
(b) any legislation or jurisprudence which professes to advocate on behalf of human rights, peace and social justice, while ignoring their ecological basis – a stable human population at slightly less than the eco-systems carrying capacity – is endorsing and practicing legal dishonesty and hypocrisy; i.e. fraud. It is legislation and jurisprudence that is deliberately indifferent to the laws of sustainability . It is legislation written by politicians and lawyers who ‘know the truth about the irresponsible planting of semen seeds in women’s wombs, and the resource war consequences of overpopulation colliding with scarce resources; but who cover up such information’, in their legislation.
The Registrar of the Constitutional Court confirmed that the Radical Honesty Friend of the Court Application had been submitted to the Chief Justice, who had not yet ruled on the matter.
Have you heard about this application to the Constitutional Court in any media publication? Among others, the Constitutional Court application asks the media:Why was the media silent about the role population growth demographic factors played in South Africa’s Apartheid violence? If the Media are serious about their commitment to ‘Reconciliation’ and prevention of future hostilities, why were they silent about how the TRC, and subsequently the ANC are deliberately indifferent to abiding by the laws of sustainability ? How are the ignorant masses suffering from the resource war consequences of overpopulation colliding with scarce resources ever going to wake up, if their media and political leaders are too gutless to start telling these truths, and educating people on these issues?
The Citizen's If It Bleads, It Leads Conspiracy of Silence...
The Citizen yesterday published an article about this Constitutional Court Case, Robert McBride plans cross-appeal against newspaper, written by "Citizen Reporter".
The 'newspaper' referred to in the heading, omits 'Citizen Newspaper', and the author of the article. I telephoned the Citizen to enquire who 'Citizen Reporter' was. The News Desk informed me that the 'Citizen Reporter' was the Editor, Martin Williams.
Martin Williams is the original Citizen journalist (now Editor) whom Robert McBride sued for defamation, for calling McBride a 'murderer', after he had allegedly been pardoned and forgiven by the TRC.
Accordingly Martin Williams was writing a news report, about Robert McBride's lawsuit against Martin Williams and the Citizen -- now heading for the Constitutional Court on Appeal by the Citizen -- and deliberately failed to transparently disclose his own personal conflict of interest, hiding behind 'Citizen Reporter'.
I called Martin Williams, was put through to his secretary, explained my request to confirm with Martin Williams his authorship of the article, and reasons for his lack of disclosure of conflict of interest. She (Yvonne Le Roux) said he was in a meeting, and his subordinate Werner would call me back. That was sometime around 09:00 hrs. As of publication at 14:59 hrs, six hours later, neither Werner, nor Mr. Williams have returned my call.
Although there are three different groups who have filed Applications with the Constitutional Court, to be admitted as friends of the court (Amicus Curiae), Martin Williams only mentions two:The South African National Editors’ Forum and Freedom of Expression Institute have applied to be admitted as a friend of the court.
The other group who filed an Application to be admitted as a common wo/man friend of the court from the Radical Honesty Religion and Culture, is the author of this article, myself; Lara Johnstone, aka Andrea Muhrrteyn.
Concourt research: lara johnstone radical honesty culture and religion.
On 31st of March, at 14:57:20 hours, someone from the Constitutional Court ISP server c-court-concourt.org.za, did a google search for lara johnstone radical honesty culture and religion, and landed upon the White Refugees webpage: From Lara Johnstone to Min. Jason Kenney: What is Legal Reality in SA: Rule-of-Law; or No Rules at All?. At 15:05:53, ConCourt browsed over to: Open Letter to FIFA 2010 World Cup Teams: God vs. FIFA: Do you have the Honourable Courage to be a ‘Flying Scotsman’?. At 15:06:44, Concourt browsed over to Mugabe & the White African, in Africa 4 Africans..... At 15:10:25, Concourt browsed over to: Wake Up Whitey!. At 15:11:34, Concourt browsed over to: Ask Ernie Els: “No Normal Sport, in an Abnormal Society”. At 15:13:51 Concourt followed the White Refugees Issues: * Race Conscious Tag. At 16:04:01, Concourt exited to Why We Are White Refugees Petition to Federal Court Justices, Canada (Text & Video). Concourt researcher subsequently returned to a few forementioned pages, repeatedly to From Lara Johnstone to Min. Jason Kenney: What is Legal Reality in SA: Rule-of-Law; or No Rules at All?, and finally ended their lara johnstone radical honesty culture and religion research on White Refugee blog, at 17:21:45; having spent a total of 2 hours, 24 minutes and 25 seconds, as our guest.
International Expert Witnesses Interested in Testifying Before Concourt.
The following International Expert Witnesses have Tentatively Expressed their Interest to participate as expert witnesses on behalf of aforementioned Radical Honesty Amicus Curiae [Human Consciousness Rule-of-Law Freedom Charter] Application to the Constitutional Court:
Dr. Brad Blanton: Honesty in Politics Politician, bestselling author of Radical Honesty series of books, and Dr. Truth psychologist
Dr. Blanton is an author, seminar leader, and 2004 and 2006 candidate for United States House of Representatives. His first book, Radical Honesty: How To Transform Your Life By Telling The Truth, became a nation-wide bestseller in 1996 and has been translated into nine languages. That success was followed by books that applied the principles of Radical Honesty to personal growth, social transformation and parenting. Dr. Blanton spent 25 years in the private practice of psychotherapy, becoming the Director of The Center for Well Being in Washington, D.C., where he worked with individuals, couples, and groups. He also served as a consultant to corporations, government and the media. In 1990 he moved to central Virginia and founded Radical Honesty Enterprises, a private corporation dedicated to promoting honesty in the world and The Center for Radical Honesty, a non-profit corporation dedicated to the same cause. Politically active from his days in the civil rights movement to the present, Dr. Blanton ran as an Independent against Eric Cantor in 2004 election for the United States Congress in Virginia's Seventh Congressional District. In that race, he earned 24% of the vote.
Dr. Blanton is a frequent commentator on our social and political culture and has been interviewed for hundreds of radio, television and print shows and articles, including CNN Talk Back Live, Dateline-NBC, 20/20 with John Stossel, Montel Williams (three appearances), Iyanla, the Roseanne show, Sally Jesse Raphael, Mars and Venus, Esquire, New York Post, and London Times, and others.
Prof. Albert Bartlett (Bio)
Prof. Bartlett is Professor Emeritus in Nuclear Physics at Colorado University at Boulder. He has been a member of the faculty of the University of Colorado since 1950. He was President of the American Association of Physics Teachers in 1978 and in 1981 he received their Robert A. Millikan Award for his outstanding scholarly contributions to physics education.
In 2001 Dr. Bartlett testified before the US Congress on energy policy. He was awarded one of the first annual M. King Hubbert Awards at the ASPO USA Denver World Oil Conference in the Fall of 2005.
Dr. Bartlett has given his celebrated lecture, Arithmetic, Population and Energy over 1,600 times since September 1969 (average of once every 8.5 days).
Reprints of Prof. Bartlett's papers have been published by the University of Nebraska at Lincoln in the book, The Essential Exponential! For the Future of Our Planet. The book was complied by University of Nebraska physicists and features articles from Bartlett and other scholars on the topic of exponential human population growth and the increasing rate of natural resource consumption, which can not continue unabated; as succinctly detailed as the Laws of Sustainability, in Reflections on Sustainability, Population Growth, and the Environment.
Dr. T. Michael Maher, Professor of Communication, University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Dr. Maher is the Head of the Communication Department, with a Ph.D. from the Univ. of Texas. He was the author of How and Why Journalists avoid the Population-Environment Connection (PDF) study and report; published in Population and Environment, Volume 18, Number 4, March 1977.
Why do Journalists Avoid Mentioning Population Growth?
The conclusions of Dr. Maher's study:As we have seen, both land development economists and environmental experts acknowledge population growth as a key source of environmental change. But journalists frame environmental causality differently.
Why? Communication theory offers several possibilities. First is the hegemony-theory interpretation: reporters omit any implication that population growth might produce negative effects, in order to purvey the ideology of elites who make money from population growth. As Molotch and Lester (1974) put it, media content can be viewed as reflecting "the practices of those having the power to determine the experience of others" (p. 120). Since real estate, construction and banking interests directly support the media through advertising purchases, this interpretation seems plausible. A number of media critics (e.g., Gandy, 1982; Altschull, 1984; Bennett, 1988) have suggested that media messages reflect the values of powerful political and commercial interests. Burd (1972), Kaniss (1991) and others have pointed out that newspapers have traditionally promoted population growth in their cities through civic boosterism. Molotch (1976) even suggested that cities can best be understood as entities competing for population growth, with the city newspaper as chief cheerleader.
Certainly most reporters would be incensed at the suggestion that they shade their reporting to placate commercial interests. But Breed's classic study of social control in the newsroom (1955) showed that news managers' values are transmissible to journalists through a variety of pressures: salaries, story assignments, layout treatment, editing, and a variety of other strategies that effectively shape news stories in ways acceptable to management.
Another possible explanation for why journalists omit population growth from their story frame is simple ignorance of other explanations. Journalists who cover environmental issues may not be aware of any other possible ways to frame these stories, thus they derive their framing from other journalists. Journalists frequently read each other's work and take cues for coverage from other reporters, particularly from the elite media (Reese & Danielian, 1989). Perhaps the pervasive predictability of the story frames examined in Part I is another example of intermedia influence. On the other hand, it seems difficult to believe that journalists could be ignorant of the role population growth plays in environmental issues, because media coverage frequently ties population growth to housing starts and business expansion. Furthermore, "Why" is one of the five "W's" taught in every Journalism 101 course. A public affairs reporting textbook, Interpreting Public Issues (Griffin, Molen, Schoenfeld, & Scotton, 1991), admonishes journalists: "A common journalistic mistake is simply to cover events—real or staged—and ignore underlying issues" (p. 320). The book identified population trends as one of the "big trouble spots," and listed world population as the first of its "forefront issues in the '90s" (p. 320). Hence, we cannot say that reporting basic causality is beyond the role that journalists ascribe for themselves. Indeed a panel at the 1994 Society of Environmental Journalists discussed "Covering Population as a Local Story" (Wheeler, 1994). But ignorance remains a possible reason, for not all reporters have training in environmental issues.
A third possible explanation comes from the "spiral of silence" theory by German scholar Elisabeth Noelle-Neumann (1984):
The fear of isolation seems to be the force that sets the spiral of silence in motion. To run with the pack is a relatively happy state of affairs; but if you can't, because you won't share publicly in what seems to be a universally acclaimed conviction, you can at least remain silent, as a second choice, so that others can put up with you (p. 6).
According to Noelle-Neumann, "the media influence the individual perception of what can be said or done without danger of isolation" (p. 156). Media coverage legitimates a given perspective. Lack of media coverage—omitting a perspective consistently from media stories—makes the expression of that perspective socially dangerous. Noelle-Neumann also suggested that the media serve an articulation function: "The media provide people with the words and phrases they can use to defend a point of view. If people find no current, frequently repeated expressions for their point of view, they lapse into silence; they become effectively mute" (p. 1 73).
Imagine Here Comes Gandhian McBride?
So, imagine if the corporate media, academics and politicians had chosen to encourge black cultures and black 'liberation struggle' leaders in South Africa to adopt a cultural trait of personal responsibility and concern for their children, whereby they refrained from procreation until they could provide for a stable and loving environment for their offspring in a small committed family environment. If so, South Africa would currently be populated by 10 million predominantly educated citizens, 50% white & 50% black and coloured, most of whom had grown up in loving small family homes, with responsible parents. Would Robert McBride have been so desperately unhappy if he didn't grow up in a community entrenched in the population production of poverty? Even if not, and South African media valued Gandhian Non-violent reportage, may he have joined some Gandhian liberation struggle, and led black Africans to liberty in a non-violent salt march? Or is it all pointless speculation, because in South Africa -- as demonstrated by E-News' Jerry Springer coverage of the AWB -- the media are addicted to If it Bleads, It Leads violence?
Andrea Muhrrteyn is the White Refugee nom-de-plume for Lara Johnstone, the applicant in the aformentioned Constitutional Court In Forma Pauperis Amicus Curiae matter.