Is the media to blame for the world's negativity, asks Refilwe and callers

CapeTalk's Refilwe Moloto engages callers in an insightful discussion about the role media plays in the current news cycle.

Refilwe kicked off the open line with questions around identity politics, highlighted by the complex Jessie Smollett case in the USA.

Smollett is a television actor who cried foul when he was allegedly attacked by men wearing MEGA hats, shouting racial and homophobic slurs, and tying a noose around his neck. he received enormous support and sympathy until the investigation revealed he had staged the attack.

Refilwe says she finds herself, for once, agreeing with Donald Trump, who has lambasted Smollett for his actions.

She makes the point that the public should weigh up the facts soberly before judging or crucifying people - and the media do not always help in these cases.

Numerous listeners called in and sent voice notes and texts about the role of the media currently.

Many argued that the media sensationalise events and often skew the way people perceive them.

Brendon in Noordhoek called in (Find his call at 10:10 on the audio clip). He made a strong case for why the media should not label people and generalise. He says the use of language is key.

There are many examples where we use the words 'white people shouldn't' or 'black people do' or 'women need to' or 'men need to' - and these are all reinforcing the identity politics problem.

Brendon, Caller

He uses the example of the coverage of the New Zealand mosque massacre and the use in headlines of the word 'white' or 'Muslim'.

Why don't we rather talk about good and bad people?

Brendon, Caller

Other callers said that it was relevant that he was termed a white supremacist as this is not just a psychotic act, but rather an act based on political ideology.

Take a listen to the insightful discussion below:


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