An unrelenting, never-ceasing, never-ending, continuous, perpetual war of disinformation.
If you turn on your television and watch scripted programs (or allow your mind to be infiltrated with advertisements depicting individuals in virtually unprecedented scenarios), you are entering a world reality can’t replicate.
Which is why A&E’s show The First 48 is the most important program on television.
Which is why it must be stopped.
Showing real cops trying to deal with real black people (move over Cliff Huxtable and The Cosby Show ), in the aftermath of incident of spontaneous blackness, the program is the only reality show on televsion.
And in a story from almost one year ago, comes the simple truth about how easily this system – what we’ve dubbed Black-Run America (BRA) – could come crashing down.
Just like in Memphis, where the almost all-black city council stepped in to shut-off the cameras, The First 48 was a tad to real for the fine folks down in Miami. [Miami police parts ways with popular “First 48” cable show: The popular television show has helped solve Miami homicides, but critics say the cameras can be a distraction to investigators and the show seems to focus more on African-American communities., Miami Herald , 5-20-2013]:
For nearly a decade, The First 48, A&E’s wildly popular reality show, has chronicled homicide detectives investigating scores of Miami murders — from Coconut Grove to Little Havana to Little Haiti.
Now, amid concerns that the cable television program glorifies violence in many of the city’s poorest neighborhoods and interferes with investigations, Miami police and the show’s producers have parted ways.
At issue is a request from Miami Police Chief Manuel Orosa to have the show’s producers chip in a $10,000 donation, per new episode, to the Police Athletic League charity, which runs youth sports programs for at-risk children.
“We’re asking the show to donate monies to our P.A.L. program, to be spent in those communities where the show is being filmed,” Orosa said. The money would be used for programs in the communities’ parks and schools, the chief said.
So far, the production company has not agreed to the donation request. The show’s contract recently expired and crews have stopped accompanying detectives to crime scenes.
John Kim, The First 48’s executive producer and co-creator, still remains hopeful that a new contract can be hammered out for Miami, the “face” of the show that has now aired 242 episodes featuring more than 400 cases from around the country.
The shows leaves a colorful, if at times controversial, legacy as cameras capture the first two days of real-life murder probes, personalities of homicide detectives, heartbreaks of families and the grittiness of Miami’s streets.
The show’s first two cases were in 2004, set in Coconut Grove and Little Havana. In all, 113 Miami cases have been featured on The First 48. Among the notable ones: the 2005 kidnap-torture-murder of Miami drug dealer Jesus Discua, the 2006 crossfire slaying of 9-year-old Sherdavia Jenkins in Liberty City, and the 2010 slaying of a state corrections officer and her 2-year-old son.
“The Miami detectives in many ways are a reflection of the city itself,” said Kim. “Miami is a very colorful city and the detectives tend to be much more open and demonstrative about their jobs, about their feelings and who they are. Also, it certainly helps that the setting is beautiful and sunny. There are not many other cities that look like Miami.”
Critics complain that the show focuses too much on African American neighborhoods, depicting them as lawless. They also say that distracts detectives from solving murders, reveals police investigative techniques and causes complications when cases go to criminal court.
Kim, the producer, says he is exploring ways to include some of the good things in communities featured on the show – whether it’s from activists working to improve conditions or organizations helping youth.
But he stressed the show is the only one on television that chronicles the real suffering of families and the ongoing violence in African American neighborhoods.
“This is the face of urban violence,” Kim said. “Keeping it out there in the public consciousness is important. It’s so easy to forget what’s happening.”
Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/05/18/3404712/the-first-48-asked-to-kick-in.html#storylink=cpy Heck, Luther Campbell of Two Live Crew fame even blamed The First 48 for keeping black areas of Miami in the dumps (no black person can ever blame the black people living in a community for the conditions found in that community; it’s always some sinister outside force keeping black people in a state of peace). [ The First 48 Keeps Miami’s Inner City Neighborhoods in the Dumps, Miami Herald, 5-16-13]:
My problem is that the majority of the Miami homicides depicted on the First 48 inevitably originate in Overtown, Liberty City, Little Haiti, and other inner-city neighborhoods.
The show is essentially propaganda. The First 48 brainwashes a national cable television audience into believing these places are war zones they should avoid if they ever visit the Magic City. The episodes are like public service announcements telling the world: “Don’t come here. Stay in Brickell, Coconut Grove, or downtown Miami.”
Television is propaganda. The advertisements between various programs (be they scripted, so-called “news” show, or athletic competition) represent even greater propaganda. The First 48 is reality, confined in simple, concise one-hour segments (well, 48 minute segments).
What was it Ben Shapiro found out about the long-running program COPS ? Oh, that’s right…[Townhall Exclusive: ‘COPS’ Creator Reveals Intentional Distortions on Race and Crime, Townhall.com, 5-31-2011]:
Unbowed by the taboo, Ben Shapiro confronts both race and political correctness in his new book, Primetime Propaganda. Ben has provided another short clip exclusively to Townhall, this time featuring an interview he conducted with John Langley, the creator of the long-running FOX program, COPS. Langley says he’s irked by some media critics who accuse the show of perpetuating stereotypes about “people of color” by depicting a disproportionate percentage of minority suspects. Au Contraire, Langley protests, he intentionally shows an inordinate number of white suspects in order to side-step the facts. “I show more white people than, statistically, what the truth is.”
It’s no great secret black males commit about 50 percent (or more) of the homicides in America; if you watch The First 48 , you realize why areas with concentrated blackness are also those devoid of civilization.
Think Detroit or Birmingham.
Which is why an honest program must be dis-invited from documenting the misery of the black community.
The First 48 is a reminder of why all those ADT commercials with all-white criminals represent a false paradigm, one that survives only with the blessing of an unrelenting, never-ceasing, never-ending, continuous, perpetual war of disinformation.