American media, Political parties and Grief porn

“Grief porn”  is when the media use grieving family members to sell a story. In the case of the American Muslim parents whose soldier son died fighting for America, their grief has been politicised by the Democrats to benefit them with the support of the media. As the below article points out, when the Republican Party did the exact same thing, the media were highly critical of not just the Republicans but the grieving mother herself. The difference between the two headlines are stark.

  1. Khizr Khan’s words won’t be soon forgotten
  2. RNC manipulates the pain of a grieving mother for partisan gain

 

The media found a new hero in the grieving parents of fallen soldier Humayun S.M. Khan, they delivered a scathing speech against Donald Trump at the DNC and are publicly mourning their son by campaigning for Hillary Clinton.

Despite that several statements in Khan’s speech were hyperbole and just well done political theater, the media has praised them as redefining American politics.

Yet when Pat Smith, the mother of a victim of the terrorist attack in Benghazi spoke she was fact checked and attacked by members of the mainstream media. Chris Matthews bashed Smith, calling her comments “a gross accusation” and said of the grieving widow “I don’t care what that woman felt.”

No one in the mainstream media made similar comments about the Khan’s strange accusation that Trump wouldn’t have allowed them to immigrate to America, hasn’t read the constitution, and that the Equal Protection clause somehow protects foreign citizens.

The most glaring display of the media’s hypocrisy is Steve Benen who writes for Rachel Maddow’s website. He said the RNC was manipulating the grief of a mother who lost her son but praised the DNC for doing the same exact thing.

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It is not just grief porn where the American media has a double standard either.

 

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