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BenJoy’s Opinion – Biased Coverage of Gun Violence by NBC

Calling a spade a spade…

NBC did not respond to my e-mail and thus I share my opinion with you…

Dear NBC,

It was disheartening this morning while watching Meet the Press to see the distasteful and stereotypical approach regarding the portrayal of violence and use of firearms. NBC elected to broadcast the clip whether it was made on a staff person’s private time or not. Additionally, it was disturbing to watch the host try to explain without success, why the coverage about gun violence, his show aired, was totally biased. What does it have to do with whether he has never being pulled over in his car by the police.

Unfortunately, yet again, the coverage cast in a most prejudiced manner, showed only black men incarcerated speaking about their regrets concerning the use of guns during the commission of crimes. The most ironical aspect of the clip, is that it was aired in the wake of a white man killing nine black people.

Although at a societal level, it is laudable to cover the conversion of criminals, but the question that NBC must answer and communicate to its viewing public is whether that coverage was balanced or another occassion perpetuating the skewed societal view that only black men are violent, are in jail and use guns when that is an absolute departure from the truth. Are their other races other than blacks in jail, do other races use guns and do other races commit crimes. NBC, the incontrovertible answer is yes.

Why would NBC show that clip without making sure that it was balanced. NBC should evaluate the essence of its role in covering and broadcasting topical and all issues. What does the freedom of press allow the press on this specific and other matters, NBC. Is it the right to distort the news or to communicate the facts as they exist.

Furthermore, how does this type of disdainful coverage further the memory of Tim Russet. Would the unbalanced nature of the clip have evaded his scrutiny and when Eugene Robinson immediately brought it to his attention, would he in a nonchalant manner have dismissed the obvious without an unequivocal apology. The attempts of the current host afterwards during the show to handle the error were patronizing and failed abysmally.

An immediate apology from NBC is required, not in a week when the next episode of Meet The Press is broadcast. Also, NBC should evaluate its editorial  processes.

June 21, 2015

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Benjoy’s Corner X-10: Define You

If you are trying to shield yourself from what people

Will think or may say about your life’s journey…

Alas, it is nothing but an exercise in futility.

For we have no control over their actions or speech.

Rather expend that energy investing in you

And thrive and on the inherent possibilities.

YemilBenjoy ©

 

 

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Fear’s Intrusion (Part I)

Vicious is the apparatus of fear…

For it descends upon you with such awful might

Either in stealth manner or by insidious descent

Then in persistent measure seeks to erode, should one

Permit it to take permanent abode within one’s essence,

The body of hope that ought to propel each one

Into the absolute realm of possibility and beyond despair.

Reject the albatross!

YemilBenjoy ©

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Chibok Tragedy – The Evisceration of Hope (1)

Amid the darkness of the gloom

Nothing but despair abounds

In the wilderness of the arid

Drought of feigned existence,

Where no hope subsists,

Do the Chibok girls find

The extreme disillusionment

Of persistent hopelessness,

That one year and counting

All hope, has but evaporated into

The disintegrating dust of time,

To where existence is meaningless,

And has the ironical value of the unrelenting

Real and abiding grief of total bondage and servitude.

 

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Solace Unlimited

When the tempests of life surge
And appear really determined
To overwhelm the desperate soul.
Seek courage in Him who has
Been faithful through the ages,
The Ancient of days, the Almighty
And one True God, in whom
Unlimited power abounds, and
For whom the impossible
Does not exist, for His peace
And His mercy are more than
Abundant to provide sufficient
Solace for all your needs.

YemilBenjoy ©

 

 

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Refocused

Focus not on lost opportunities,

Rather, focus on the new promise

Yet existing in the present, and

The hope still contained in the future.

YemilBenjoy ©

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Positively Stubborn

Adamantly refusing to give up on one’s dreams

But pursuing them, despite the challenges

Or difficulties, that in unrelenting manner, stand

As sentry to prevent the valiant effort of dedication

On the path forward, and attempt to submerge hope

Within the looming and treacherous valleys of despair,

And yet, refusing to lie vanquished, the determined spirit

Still persistently pursuing that which it yearns to achieve,

Negotiating no alternative but committed steadfastness,

Is a commendable positively stubborn attribute that all must

Endeavour to embrace and strive to earnestly uphold, to

Guard one through the rugged terrain of life, to the victorious

Plains of never giving up for want of those dear and personal dreams.

 

YemilBenjoy ©

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