Media Circus: USA Convention Season Edition

Just going to quote an article on Medium by a PARODY Hillary Clinton byline, because while the whole thing is on point (and I certainly can imagine HRC thinking any/most/all those things deep down), this particular line stood out as a general observation:

Look, this is the big leagues. If you think any problem has a tweetable solution, you’re just wrong.

Twitter is great for soundbites, zingers and dog-whistle rhetoric (also for connecting special interest communities around the world (for both good and ill)); Twitter however isn’t a space where it’s feasible to have a substantive discussion on what to have for dinner, let alone develop sound policies or cohesive legislation.

While speculating about what a previous FLOTUS might be thinking in private, I want to also note my admiration for yesterday’s strong speech by the current FLOTUS addressing not only a clear progressive vision for the future of her nation, but directly rebutting the tsunami of resentment rhetoric from the GOP’s 2016 presidential nominee. Other Dems take note, your party needs to do more of this.

Lots of people are asking whether Michelle Obama might consider a run at politics herself. That might make a few GOP heads asplode.


Meanwhile, here in Australia, we have seen shameful scenes on TV of abuse (arguably torture) of indigenous youth in juvenile detention centres in the Northern Territory. A Royal Commission has been rapidly announced, although AG Brandis is in full Sir Humphrey pish-poshing mode against calls for its inquiry to extend over the whole nation and cover all-ages indigenous incarcerations.


What news story/commentary/analysis has grabbed your attention lately?

As usual for media circus threads, please share your bouquets and brickbats for particular items in the mass media, highlight cogent analysis elsewhere online or pointed twitterstorms etc in new media. Discuss any current sociopolitical issue (the theme of each edition is merely for discussion-starter purposes – all current news items are on topic!).



Categories: ethics & philosophy, indigenous, law & order, media, parties and factions, Politics

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4 replies

  1. NT juvenile detention royal commissioner Brian Martin resigns days after appointment

    His replacements have been announced as former Queensland Supreme Court judge Margaret White and, following calls for an Indigenous co-commissioner, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner Mick Gooda.

  2. John Oliver: “The main takeaway from these two weeks is that, incredibly, we may be on the brink of electing such a damaged, sociopathic narcissist that the simple presidential duty of comforting the families of fallen soldiers may actually be beyond his capabilities, and I genuinely did not think that that was part of the job that somebody could be bad at.”

    • This is the first election where I’m not just questioning the moral character of one of the candidates – though truthfully, that’s not much of a question in Trump’s case – but would even question it of anyone who votes for him.

      And now his supporters are spinning conspiracy theories where the Khans are part of the Muslim Brotherhood, and their son was a jihadist plant. This election is terrifying.

  3. This article on what has been involved in Clinton getting this far is full off stuff I wish everyone would stop and consider.
    http://www.nationalobserver.com/2016/08/01/analysis/whats-written-scars-hillary-clinton

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