Fundamentalists and news coverage
Sunday, July 24, 2011 11:16:19 AM
You can see the main problem of news channel is to hide or minimize who the bastard was: they need to cover the fact that he was christian fundamentalist, they must put as few accent as possible on the fact that he was close to the extreme right, they show his being freemason as a bit of folklore.
Another interesting chapter is the one concerning his xenophobic ideas: here Italian news did the best work. In some news channels they simply ignored it. In other ones they did say that he was probably crazy and he concentrated his craziness on "the problem of immigration" -- you know, it's like to say, there is such a problem as strangers trying to invade your peaceful Country, and he was just a bit too harsh. The best of best was in Rai2 channel (the second for importance on State tv), where they did show a map of Europe with all the xenophobic parties for each country...except Italy! Seriously, every country in Europe is having at least one, except us, how cool are we? Too bad we do have many and one of them is, guess what, part of government!
In Italy we have a govern that is composed by post-fascists (people coming from MSI and AN and that never hided the fascist nostalgic mood and ideas), by xenophobic (Lega party) and by a number of mafious and corrupted nice guys. Oh, and many many many of them are freemasons; they even created new lodges, our boys. When there are elections, this amusing group of folks is joined by little parties that are openly fascist / nazist / racist, to gather a bit more votes -- I talk of parties composed by people wearing all black, with svasticas and other symbols on flags and as tatoo, that goes around kicking immigrants and talking of Mussolini and Hiter as heroes.
Third point: the religion. In Italy Vatican is more powerful than government, and it's not an opinion, it's the sad reality. Vatican can decide if a law can pass or not, it gets 1/3 of Italian richness every year, it puts his men in the administration of banks and companies, etc etc. Catholic church is having a very immersive approach to society and they can't tolerate that christian religion is being put near a crazy man that fires on teenagers. So the tv news must make that connection look as loose as possible, or not even talk about it. In a channel (Rete 4) they just said he was a "fundamentalist". Of what?!
I'm disgusted by this approach. Governments are tolerating racism and the existence of groups of nostalgic of nazism and fascism, and then they complain cos that shit gave birth to a killer. They fund religions even if religions have as first dogma the one that says that they are the true religion and everything else is wrong, that is, guess what, fundamentalism with sugar. They keep saying lies about the fact that such groups/parties can't be controlled etc, which is bullshit 'cos even my 11yo cousin realized that if people becomes like that "there must be some reason" and "maybe they are not happy and so they become angry at others": fighting ignorance and poverty is a great way for making less people join fundamentalist and/or racist groups/parties. You will always have some douche saying Hitler was great etc, but at least you don't have parties with thousands of members. You can't control the development of single minds but you can act to avoid the social evolution of such deviated "ideas".
But isn't it simple to fake nothing happens, and just cry when the shit happens? Especially if it happens in other countries.
A last note about USA, the country where fear moves the starts and the other planets, to say it with Dante: when the identity of the killer was not known yet, Obama and his folks were already talking of jihad and islam and I guess they were getting wet at the idea of having some more reasons for their never-ending war. I wonder which faces they did when they discovered that the killer was not a crazy islamic fundamentalist but a crazy christian one.
That being said, I'm deeply sorry for what happened to Norway; I felt like someone did spit on my dreams, 'cos I always had a deep love for Scandinavian people and countries. Norway people is as cool as humans can be and they will hopefully react to this in a strong and rational way.