The National Tea Party Federation expelled Sacramento conservative commentator, Mark Williams and his Tea Party Express, according to the July 19, 2010 Sacramento Bee article, “National Tea Party Federation ousts commentator – Sacramento.” Also see the CNN article, Tea Party leader says he’s done talking about race controversy, and the MSNBC article, Tea Party federation expels Tea Party Express – Politics – msnbc.com.
See the Los Angeles Times article, July 19, 2010, Sacramento Tea Party Fraudsters. Mark Williams and his Sacramento tea party group were expelled from the US National Tea Party due to his blog post “deemed racially offensive,” according to the Sacramento Bee article of July 19, 2010, “U.S. tea party kicks out commentator.”
According to that Los Angeles Times article, “Mark is an out of work talk show from Sacramento. He had a show on AM 1530, but was let go for lack of ratings.” Why was the Sacramento conservator commentator kicked out over the weekend? According to the Sacramento Bee article, it was because of a “clearly offensive” blog post he wrote.
Now, how will he find a decent job in the media, should he so choose, with that exposure to media in the news? Wouldn’t it have been better to write a humorous novel and present his writing as humorous satire through fiction, in the style of Mark Twain, perhaps or as satirical irony?
The basic point is to lend dignity and respect to others and the politeness shall be returned. Even stand-up comics write fictional material that gives a voice of confidence and resilience to a wide variety of ethnic groups. We live in a diverse city. Can’t we all just get along?
Williams’ appeared on Sunday, July 18, 2010 on the CBS program, “Face the Nation.” CNN reported his expulsion. According to the Sacramento Bee article, “Williams posted a fictional letter from ‘Colored People’ to President Abraham Lincoln that disparaged African Americans.”
To examine how media looks at culture, this should be a lesson to journalists writing posts on blogs to totally separate fiction from fact. You can’t mix journalism and creative, imaginative fiction writing on the same blog. It doesn’t work well for career goals. In fact, mixing fact and imaginative fiction writing has ruined many a disgraced journalist along the route. How it works is by blindsiding the journalist or blogger early on in a career. The remedy? A course in how to make better decisions.
Fictional writing belongs in a creative writing class that emphasizes monologues, plays, skits, drama, short story writing, scriptwriting, or ethno-playography. It has no place in journalism where facts need to be validated and used as evidence.
Journalists have now learned from this lesson that fictional letters belong in collections of short stories or novels or read as monologues, skits, and plays. Basically, there are blogs out in cyberspace full of offensive fictional letters. The blog has been removed. Why was the fictional letter posted in the first place? According to the Sacramento Bee, Williams “wrote the item after the NAACP adopted a resolution calling on tea party leaders to crack down on racist elements in the movement.”
If you’re a commentator in the media, you have to decide whether you’re going to write fiction or non-fiction. And if you maintain a fiction only blog, there’s no way you can connect it to a factual blog that’s supposed to be media-wise.
Culture is perceived in the media by those who interpret subjectively. But the role of media is to stay objective, based on fact-checking and validation of evidence. That’s why fictional letters on blogs don’t work. The goal of a commentator in the media is to lend a voice of respect, confidence, resilience, and dignity to anyone mentioned in the news by remaining objective.
What’s the big fear nationally among conservatives? It’s history with fictional revisionism. This country gets enough of that stuff from other countries. With racism accusations roiling the conservative movement, the last reputation wanted would be an incendiary blog post with a fictitious letter to Abraham Lincoln.