A couple of days ago, we were treated to Stephen King getting slammed for suggesting that quality is more important than Diversity. The horror! From Yahoo People:
After the list of nominees was announced early Monday morning, Twitter was quickly up in arms over the lack of diversity, with Cynthia Erivo listed as the only person of color in the acting categories.
King, an Academy member, entered the online discussion, explaining how he votes on the nominees.
“As a writer, I am allowed to nominate in just 3 categories: Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Original Screenplay. For me, the diversity issue–as it applies to individual actors and directors, anyway–did not come up. That said…” King wrote in the first tweet.
“…I would never consider diversity in matters of art. Only quality. It seems to me that to do otherwise would be wrong,” he said in the second.
Of course, King’s original tweet was correct; we should strive for excellence, not for Diversity, and awards should be given based on accomplishments, not on race or gender. If King were a real man, he would have laughed in their faces, and shrugged of such criticism. But he’s a wimp who allows mere tweets to intimidate him – and he’s wealthy enough that he doesn’t need anybody.
Yesterday, I read an article from Common Dreams, attacking CNN:
CNN Is Truly a Terrible Influence on This Country’: Democratic Debate Moderators Pilloried for Centrist Talking Points and Anti-Sanders Bias
“This is an unusually vile performance by CNN,” tweeted Rolling Stone contributing editor Matt Taibbi.
Critics of the corporate media as well as supporters and staffers of Sen. Bernie Sanders’ campaign blasted the moderators of the CNN/Des Moines Register Democratic presidential debate Tuesday night for employing centrist talking points and demonstrating a bias against Sanders in how they framed questions…
As Common Dreams reported, the financial burden of deploying American forces was notably absent during first part of the debate—a lengthy discussion on foreign policy and war—but the moderators did ask candidates about the costs of implementing Medicare for All healthcare, as Sanders has proposed. That contrast, and the presentation of the healthcare questions, sparked swift condemnation from progressives.
Overall, a team of Rolling Stone writers called the debate moderators’ questions “mystifyingly inane.” In a piece titled “CNN Completely Botched the Democratic Presidential Debate,” HuffPost‘s Zach Carter called them “awful.” According to him, the debate on the whole was “tedious, interminable, frivolous… a fiasco of irrelevance held three weeks before the Iowa caucuses.”
“Again and again, CNN anchors substituted centrist talking points for questions―and then followed up predictable responses with further centrist talking points, rarely illuminating any substantive disagreements between the candidates or problems with their policy positions,” he wrote…
They may have a point, that CNN is biased against Sanders…
… but it makes me wonder, just how far left would CNN have to go to satisfy the likes of Common Dreams?
Common Dreams describes itself thusly:
We share our readers’ progressive values of social justice, human rights, equality and peace. Common Dreams is committed to not only being your trusted news source, but to encouraging critical thinking and civic action on a diverse range of social, economic, and civil rights issues affecting individuals and their communities.
I found the ethnic makeup of their “Views” staff interesting. From what I could tell, it’s comprised of:
4 probable Jews
4 Mid Easterners/ South Asians (including Ralph Nader)
Oh, and there’s ONE black woman.
Is this what “America looks like” according to progressives? At least they got the gender ratio almost right: Nine of the twenty are female.