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Yellow Journalism – An Accepted Practice to Promote Harmful Agendas

Yellow Journalism or sensationalism, they’re both the same. How about yellow as in cowardly? I found one example of the word yellow used in a sentence:

Yellow shouts louder and increasingly, it’s the color of choice for the driver who wants to make a statement

Yellow Journalism2Yellow journalism is a spineless way of exploiting, distorting or exaggerating mostly gossip (I won’t call it news) to create sensations of shock; and attract readers aiming to boost circulation of stories that are NOT newsworthy.

These journalists seek out what they deem as sensational stories because they’re too indolent to explore the history of the report; or they aren’t honest enough to acquire the story first hand, from the source. Yet, their aim is to make a loud statement. What’s so alarming about gossip or tabloid junk or a report magnified beyond the limit of truth? There is such a thing as making a loud statement using a lie, but an even larger statement can be made with the truth if it’s presented in good taste or not overstated.

Truth runs marathons; Lies runs sprints. “Lies run sprints, but the truth runs marathons. The truth will win this marathon in court”, in the words of Michael Jackson.

Promoting truth is a marathon effort in itself. In many instances truth becomes or is a greater than normal, extensive and exhausting mission; as in the case of Michael Jackson’s 2005 accusations of molestation. Michael Jackson was correct in his statement that the truth would win that particular marathon in court. However, because many “Yellow Journalist” desired to keep him under a “false light” an attempt to continue the marathon effort was exploited. False light invasion of privacy occurs when information is published about a person that is false or places the person in a false light, is highly offensive to a reasonable person, and is published with knowledge or in reckless disregard of whether the information was false or would place the person in a false light.    False Light

In the case of the deceased person truth run sprints because the truth has a brief life-span while lies last much longer. There are not many who care to challenge the lies because truth doesn’t boost ratings or produce wealth or fame. The accepted form of journalism, especially in America, is to exploit and distort. Tabloid addicts seem to approve of this type of journalism because it satisfies the shock therapy they crave by providing them that sudden or violet disturbance of the mind, emotions or their sensibilities.  

Defamation PhotoSince many people are under the assumption that the reputations of the dead can’t be hurt we have become comfortable with that analogy; and so we continue to promote the agendas of yellow journalists and odious citizens or groups who have become addicted to these shock tactics. How many of us thought it was newsworthy to view the deathbed/morgue photos of Michael Jackson during the televised trial of Conrad Murray or the death photo of Whitney Houston in her casket and, published by the National Enquirer? Of course the National Enquirer has kicked it up another notch and posted Michael Jackson’s morgue photo on the front cover of their latest  issue and enjoy using it as their profile picture on twitter.  I, personally, consider it to be disrespectful to the preservation of Mr. Jackson’s and Ms. Houston’s memory, hurtful to their children, parents, siblings, other family members, friends and yes, once again,  their fans.

Yet we have another final indignity for Ms. Houston, especially after her family made an enormous effort to keep the viewing of her remains private. Whitney Houston’s Casket Photo on Front Page of NE

Another internet media source titles it “Whitney Houston’s open casket photo on tabloid cover”, Open Casket Photo of Whitney Houston

Should we blame the tabloid news outlet for publishing the photo of Ms. Houston or the person that sold the photo to the tabloid outlet? I think blames lies with both parties. They were both gluttonous for financial gain and guilty of exploitation.

We ALL have an agenda, even Cadeflaw and our fixed and final mission has NOT changed. The deceased are not here to defend themselves. We have become their voice. We will continue to call for a law that will hold people accountable for their appalling actions toward the deceased.  

Free Speech ceases to be free when it is used to exploit, distort and defame. You can join us to make this law a reality or you can pretend you don’t see the tragedy in this accepted practice to promote hate by covering it up with beautiful photos and videos. However, beautiful the photos and videos of victims like Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston and others they won’t stop people with wicked minds; remember they know how to create photos and videos too. In fact, some of them use these death photos as their profile pictures on many internet sites.

How long will we stay divided between two opinions or will we stand up for what’s right? How long will we accept Yellow Journalism – An Accepted Practice to Promote Harmful Agendas?

Help protect and preserve the legacy of the deceased. Don’t allow people to trample on their memories.

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“The life of the dead lies in the memory of the living.”

 

We have free speech for everyone who has nothing to say, but if you have an opinion, then speak at your own peril.

~Air Force Colonel, Morris Davis~

 

Yellow JournalismYellow Journalism: Puncturing the Myths, Defining the Legacies by W. Joseph Campbell

 

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Deceased Victims of Slander/Libel/Exploitation (3)

Whitney Houston – Recording Artist

Whitney HoustonWhitney Elizabeth Houston (August 9, 1963 – February 11, 2012) was an American recording artist, actress, producer, and model. In 2009, the Guinness World Records cited her as the most awarded female act of all time. Houston was one of the world’s best-selling music artists, having sold over 200 million records worldwide.

She released six studio albums, one holiday album and three movie soundtrack albums, all of which have diamond, multi-platinum, platinum or gold certification. Houston’s crossover appeal on the popular music charts, as well as her prominence on MTV, starting with her video for “How Will I Know“, influenced several African American female artists to follow in her footsteps.

Tabloid fighting “defamation” since photos of Whitney Houston in her casket were released.    Publishing the Whitney Houston casket photo on its tabloid cover has backfired on theNational Enquirer. The publication has a new battle on its hands now that a big name celebrity has claimed they did the same thing to her father.

Whoopi Goldberg said recently on The View, “when my dad passed away, they ran his picture on the cover of the Enquirer…!”

LA DJs Suspended

LA Radio Host – Long History of Bigotry

John & Ken (Listen to Audio)

 

Trayvon Martin

Trayvon MartinTrayvon Benjamin Martin (February 5, 1995 – February 26, 2012) was the son of Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, who were divorced in 1999. He was a junior at Dr. Michael Krop High School and lived with his mother and older brother in Miami Gardens, Florida.

Trayvon Martin, a high-school junior from Miami who was visiting family in a gated community in Sanford, was shot to death last month when he encountered George Michael Zimmerman, captain of the neighborhood-crime-watch group.

People in Central Florida and beyond want to know how an unarmed 17-year-old who went to a nearby 7-Eleven for a bag of Skittles never made it home alive. Join Orlando Sentinel Reporters Bianca Prieto and Martin Comas for a live chat about Trayvon Martin on Thursday, March 15 at noon.  Live Chat Replay: Discuss the Trayvon Martin shooting

The targets don’t actually use Martin’s face but the intent is clear: They show a silhouette of a person in a hoodie with Skittles protruding from his pocket and a can of ice tea in his hand.   Man Sells Trayvon Martin Shooting Range Targets

hoodietarget_blogA shooting range target of a person in a hoodie with cross hairs on the chest, a bag of Skittles tucked in a pocket and a hand holding a can resembling iced tea was pulled from an online sales site, a Florida TV news station reports, but not before raising concerns of its connection with teen shooting victim Trayvon Martin.

Martin was wearing a hoodie and had just purchased Skittles and iced tea when he was shot and killed by George Zimmerman in Sanford, Fla., on Feb. 26, according to police reports. Report: Trayvon Martin gun range targets were sold online  Huffington Post Article – Trayvon Martin Gun Targets   Trayvon Martin Shooting Range Targets Sold Out in Two Days  Daily Kos

It’s not clear when the hoodie became available, but a red seal labeled “new” alerts visitors to the store that the sweatshirt is a relatively recent arrival. NRA Hooded Sweatshirt   NRA Store

Michael Jackson – Most emotionally battered personality in the “World’s” media outlet before and after death.

Michael & PuppyMichael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009) was an American singer songwriter, entertainer, dancer, arranger, music producer, choreographer, actor, businessman, musician and philanthropist. Often referred to as the “KIng of Pop”, or by his initials MJ. Jackson is recognized as the most successful entertainer of all time by Guinness World Records. His contributions to music, dance, and fashion, along with his publicized personal life, made him a global figure in popular culture for over four decades. Michael Jackson

Since June 25, 2009, there have been many wonderful and loving tributes to Michael Jackson. There have also been unkind, untrue, and hateful references to Michael. Protecting and preserving the truth is the reason for this initiative.

We are disgusted and frustrated with the amount of rubbish that continues to be paraded as fact about Michael Jackson. In looking for a way to stop the flow of distortion, we learned that there is nothing to stop the defamation of someone who has passed on.

Michael devoted his life to demonstrating love. He encouraged us to change the world. There is no better way to honor Michael than to make positive changes wherever we can. One of the ways we can make an important difference is to work for a law to be passed that makes it illegal to defame the dead. The focus of this effort is to have such a law passed in California, because that is where Michael spent much of his life, and where his family lives.

Although the viciousness toward Michael has eased, the residue of tarnish on his Cadeflaw MJ Profile Photoname and reputation remains. It is time for us to Make That Change. The life and legacy of Michael Jackson should be celebrated with respect in the United States, and around the world.

We are all familiar with the level of unfair media attention heaped upon Michael in the past. Journalists hid behind freedom of speech in an attempt to destroy Michael Jackson for entertainment and profit. The freedom of speech is a right that we all enjoy in the United States, and to lose any part of that freedom would be a travesty. However, with freedom comes responsibility. Each of us has a duty to be honest, fair, and balanced in what we say. Journalists, those from whom the masses get their information, should he held to an even higher standard. It is ugly enough to attack someone while they are here, but to continue to promote old lies, innuendo, and hate once they can no longer speak for themselves is reprehensible.

Slandered/Libeled/Exploited

  • Media (Globally)
  • Comedians
  • Mocked by public because of media “Lies” spin
  • Mocked by peers in Entertainment Industry
  • Accused of Child Molestation
  • Accused of wanting to be “White” and hating “Blacks”
  • Accused of hating his family members
  • Exploited by many

Michael’s last “Indignity”   MAYBE NOT

The defaming articles printed and published in reference to Michael Jackson are too numerous to count. It would take hundreds of pages to post all of them. It is time to give the dead their due, starting with him. What two journalists had to say about Michael Jackson:

Charles Thomson: One of the Most Shameful Episodes In Journalistic History

John Dean: Defaming The Dead: Congressman Peter King’s Michael Jackson Media Rant

 

We will no longer passively accept this disrespectful and cruel assassination of Michael’s name and any other deceased person(s). It is time to come together and take action. The time is NOW.

If you would like to see a law put in place that would prevent the media from feedingMJ 2005 Trial on the reputations of those who have passed on, please sign the Cadeflaw petition. There is strength in numbers, and many voices create a mighty roar.

Cadeflaw Petition Link: California Residents ONLY

Cadeflaw Petition Link: Global

We have free speech for everyone who has nothing to say, but if you have an opinion, then speak at your own peril. ~Air Force Colonel, Morris Davis~

 
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