Devon Dick | Trump should be confronted
Recently, the media was accused as being biased against Donald Trump, president of the USA, by letter writer Carlton Sterling (August 21). It can be argued that CNN and MSNBC do not spend enough time on the positives under the leadership of Trump, such as improved unemployment, best economic growth in four years, high consumer confidence, and an approval rate of 44 per cent. In any case, neither do the tweets of Trump. Furthermore, FOX News and National Enquirer are solidly biased towards Trump.
Many persons do not realise that there is bias for and against. Bias can be any action, utterance, or assessment fuelled by a mind that has already decided the outcome in an unfair way, irrespective of the data or evidence. Because one votes for, supports or is a member of a political party does not necessarily means the person is biased. That person can be objective, just and fair.
Similarly, some persons accuse others who call them out for corruption as hypocrites. However, even a hypocrite can speak the truth. In other words, a medical doctor can tell you not to smoke cigarettes because it is dangerous to your health while, at the same time he smokes cigarettes. The doctor is a hypocrite, but the message is true that smoking is dangerous. So a hypocrite can point out corruption even while being corrupt now or in the past. Therefore, answer the question.
The question to be answered is whether there is media bias against Trump. Trump has called a former aide and associate of 15 years a 'dog'. Furthermore, he called so-called gangsters 'animals'. Trump does not respect the office of president and so he is not circumspect in his description of people, and he is abusing the office in order to dehumanise people who are made in the image of God.
The dehumanisation of persons is now mainstream in USA, so much so that when former speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, did not agree that were gangsters and affirmed their humanity, it was seen as political suicide.
Dehumanisation is an attempt to claim the person has low reasoning power. These person can play games and music, but cannot manage complex problems. These persons must be seen and not heard. They are powerless and dependent. Those who are dehumanised are seen as inferior. They are therefore objects with little or no human, political, civil or economic rights. They can be enslaved and exploited.
Furthermore, Trump is not only dehumanising people, but he is very deceitful. A few days ago, a former editor of National Enquirer claimed that it was policy not to publish negative articles on Trump but to put them in a safe vault. This had Trump's cooperation and involvement.
Worse Trump, is playing a demigod. Trump said "what you are seeing and reading is not what is happening". In other words, believe Trump only as the embodiment of truth. He is being presumptuous; acting and playing God, which is the most dangerous sin.
Trump needs to be confronted.
PS. Former Prime Minister Bruce Golding was the first to contact me, and then Peter Bunting, concerning errors and omissions in last week's article, 'Politicians as biggest crooks and criminals'. See Golding's letter to the Editor (August 22}. Apologies to former prime ministers Edward Seaga and P.J. Patterson for not giving credit where it was due, and to Golding for giving credit that was not due. Finally, apologies to my readers for so many errors in the article which might have affected the message that decisive action is needed to deal with political corruption.
- Rev Devon Dick is pastor of the Boulevard Baptist Church in St Andrew. He is author of 'The Cross and the Machete', and 'Rebellion to Riot'. Send feedback to columns@ gleanerjm.com.