Saturday Matinee 37 – What’s The Deal Trump?

1322283859461677159It often happens that the media are so obviously trying to assassinate someone’s character that the viewer begins to feel sorry for the subject of all the vitriol, and actually comes out of the ordeal more popular than before.

That DOESN’T happen with this documentary about Donald Trump, even though it is such an obvious attack piece.

The website of the film says…

This film was suppressed 25 years ago.

The film was commissioned in 1988 by Leonard Stern as the first of a series on celebrity businessmen and finished in 1991.  Back then, the only way for a film to be seen was on television or in the theater. Donald threatened to sue any broadcaster or distributor that took on the film. In effect, it was suppressed. It was screened twice in back-to-back standing room only showings at the Bridgehampton Community House on July 3, 1991, the same day that Donald announced his engagement to Marla Maples.

It is worth the watch…

Media Studies Friday – 5 – Choose Your Mexican

God and TrumpI’m sure you caught Donald Trump’s comments about Mexico/Mexicans. Just in case you didn’t, here’s the part that rightly got everyone angry…

“[Mexico] are sending people that have lots of problems, and they are bringing those problems to us. They are bringing drugs, and bringing crime, and their rapists,” the business mogul said.

An interesting part of this for me was how the supposedly leftwing side of the mainstream media responded to this and how the line they tried to push differed greatly from what became the most populare response. The Guardian and others focussed on the story of the man in the first video below, which was also popular on youtube. You’ll notice that in order to show just how wrong Trump is, it tells the story of an undocumented Mexican trying to make his road into the acceptable middle-class, starting with his hardworking family putting him through university and so on. Good luck to him, but as much as anything else it is an attempt to sanitise Mexican immigrants by selling a particular vision of the world…

However, going by the number of views, this altogether more direct response from a Mexican labourer, whilst he is actually working outside in dangerously hot conditions, was preferred by the public at large.

There is a media studies lesson in there somewhere. Why did the public prefer the unfiltered labourer to the glossy sanitised story?

The Scottish Independence Podcast Episode 11 – Doug Daniel On Yes Aberdeen & Libdem Federalism

Episode 11 is up.
This time I spoke with Doug Daniel who is an SNP (in)activist from the Aberdeen area and we had a chat about the challenges that face the Yes campaign in that part of Scotland.

We also got round to looking at some of the flaws in the Liberal democrat plans for a federal Britain.

As usual this is the direct download link (right click and save as)

Or you can go to the homepage and listen online.

This is Doug’s twitter feed.

This is his website.