Never underestimate a sore loser
Tuesday night’s televised scrum pitted the incumbent bully against the lightweight contender. Trump, dressed in red, white and blue, scowled, barked, bullied and heaped contempt on his adversary whose own sartorial style was better suited to a funeral than a shoot-out at the OK Corral. With Trump figuratively circling his prey in the ring, Biden’s best counter-punch was to look exasperated.
Having the Supreme Court, the Justice Department, the US mail service and every gun-toting Dixie in his pocket, the Teflon president cut down his adversary like any bully will when faced with a wimp. You bust his balls and laugh in his face. In short, make him irrelevant.
The deniers will say that Biden put up a good fight and scored points with the electorate, but the electorate is so knotted with fake news that unless some cataclysmic event takes place, Trump can still steal the election.
Knowing in advance that the Tuesday’s debate was going to be a fist fight, it made sense to level the playing field with a set of rules that prevented the show from being hijacked by its swaggering big top fighter.
But that didn’t happen.
First off, moderator Chris Wallace was woefully ineffective as he continually let himself be pushed aside by Trump’s meandering invectives, and Wallace was also ineffectual in holding either contender to task in answering the questions that were put to them.
It’s an age-old game: the interviewer asks the politician a question and then politely takes it on both cheeks as the defendant side-steps answering and instead spews pre-scripted blather that chews up airtime and makes a mockery of the debate. Avoid, duck and shovel gibberish that’s dressed up to sound like policy where there is none.
It’s called obfuscation.
These are not times when one expects engaging debate orated by civilized politicians. This is a high political drama that costs billions of dollars to stage. Civility is an anachronism in today’s political war zone.
These highly choreographed dramas are relics from a bygone era and this showed in the first-round debate as these Party contenders were supposedly put up for scrutiny in the court of public opinion.
Wallace should have but didn’t hold them accountable by making it clear from the outset that bullying and grand-standing would result in the mute button being pushed. He should also have been vested with the power to hit the mute button if they ducked questions with blather.
He didn’t, perhaps because the rules tilt in favour of the contestants and this is what makes these charades more spectacle than informative.
Tough rules of gamesmanship need to be applied in this courtroom drama, and if the politicians can’t live up to them then let it be said publicly and call a sham a sham.
Racism, the economy, the environment, health care, foreign diplomacy and democracy itself were and are big tent issues that need concise, coherent responses. Biden’s fallback on the environment with a plan that would “create millions of jobs” sounded as realistic as a pitch coming from some midway barker hawking the next best thing.
Trump’s over-bearing rhetoric was just that, but in this farcical television show, candour and common sense, civility and statesmanship were sullied and stomped on.
It was bad theatre dressed up as a must-see event.
The incumbent has promised to clear the swamp and make America great again. The contender is proffering hope, a kinder, gentler future and a plan to give Main Street America a voice on The Hill. Either or, the central issues are complex and are in dire need of fixes.
Trump is in the game to win. That’s all he knows, and he loses his shirt if the outcome tilts any other way. Biden is in it because he’s been anointed and he is still playing Mr. Nice Guy, maybe because that’s all he knows – and he doesn’t have the muscle to score a knockout.
The next round had better use the rules of boxing to control the BS and the questions had better be the kind that kicks a hornet’s nest to see what flies beyond a shitstorm of stupefying bullshit.
Mainstream media need to stop playing by a rulebook that plays nice to politicians that don’t play nice, hide behind pretence and have every advantage to cast influence over voters that have little to no voice in a game of cards stacked in The House’s favour.
And anyone who thinks for a moment that the election is won doesn’t understand American politics, or America’s deep-rooted respect for a strong man. There’s also a vein of thought that Trumpites are more numerous than polls indicate, and then there’s the fact that Fortune 500 compaies have benefited enormously from the deregulation, isolationism and generous tax benefits that Team Trump has heaped on them.
Trump’s failure to pay his fare share of taxes made ominous headlines, but for many his ability to beat the system is seen as the mark of a good businessman.
Thirty days in politics leaves POTUS a lot of time to swing his bat.
What we see and hear in mainstream media doesn’t capture the simmering rage that fuels conspiracists and private militias in America today. The outcome of this election is anything but a slam dunk. As the headline says, ‘never underestimate a sore loser’. He’s weathered storms before and survived quite nicely. Had the Democrats elected a leader that was younger, more charismatic and visionary the game would be set. For now, however, it is in a state of flux.
At least, that’s my take.. – David Farrell
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BC's digital media sector suffering from COVID-19 – Technology – Business in Vancouver
With so many people in the pandemic economy restricted to watching movies or playing video games at home, it might seem surprising that British Columbia’s largest digital arts companies experienced a larger decline in employment than the province as a whole, according to data collected on BIV’s list of the biggest digital arts companies in B.C.
Across B.C., employment has recovered significantly from its lows in April and May, but it was still down 3.7% in September compared with February.
Meanwhile, the decline in employment at the province’s top digital arts companies since 2019 has averaged 4.6%.
Their median employment decline was significantly higher at 8.9%, suggesting that smaller companies lower on the list suffered more job losses during the pandemic compared with their larger counterparts higher on the list.
While companies lower on the list may have struggled more through the past year, the same can’t be said for the preceding four years.
Since 2016, the median number of B.C. employees at the province’s top digital arts companies jumped 88.9% to 255 in 2020 from 135 in 2016.
Before the pandemic struck, the median had more than doubled, increasing 107.4% to 280 in 2019.
During the same period, the average increased 12.5% to 384.7 in 2019 from 342.1 in 2016.
The largest company on the list, Electronic Arts, which produces many high profile videogames, including NHL and Star Wars, recorded the largest one-year employment drop on the list. Its number of employees decreased 37.6% to 1,300 in 2020 from 2,085 in 2019.
However, the list’s average one-year employment was up slightly (0.2%), which suggests that large companies with big employee declines dragged the list’s average overall employment level down. •
Media Invitation: National Capital Commission launching first call to developers for exceptional site in Ottawa – GlobeNewswire
LeBreton Flats – Library Parcel
October 30, 2020
OTTAWA, Oct. 29, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The National Capital Commission (NCC) invites the media to a teleconference briefing on Friday, October 30, 2020, at 1 p.m. EST to discuss the launch of the request for qualifications (RFQ) toward the development of the Library Parcel at LeBreton Flats.
This media opportunity follows the first call to developers for innovative proposals toward a net-zero carbon and socially inclusive development of the LeBreton Flats Library Parcel in Canada’s Capital.
The news release announcing the launch, as well as the RFQ document, will be posted on Friday morning.
MEDIA BRIEFING BY TELECONFERENCE
|When:||Friday, October 30, 2020, 1 p.m. EST|
|Who:||Katie Paris, Director, Building LeBreton, National Capital Commission|
Registration is required before 11 a.m. EST on October 30. To register, please email email@example.com
B-roll footage and high-resolution visuals of the Library Parcel are also available upon request.
NCC Media Relations
BBC warns staff not to bring corporation 'into disrepute' over social media use – Yahoo Canada Sports
‘Don’t bring the BBC into disrepute,’ staff warned in new social media rules
New guidance bans employees from expressing personal opinions on current political debate
Journalists, meanwhile, are even given advice on how to use emojis
It comes as part of new boss Tim Davie’s crusade to maintain corporation’s impartiality
BBC staff have been warned not to bring the corporation “into disrepute” on social media.
<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="New rules policing employees’ use of sites such as Twitter have been imposed as part of new boss Tim Davie’s crusade to maintain the corporation’s impartiality.” data-reactid=”39″>New rules policing employees’ use of sites such as Twitter have been imposed as part of new boss Tim Davie’s crusade to maintain the corporation’s impartiality.
Under the guidance, journalists have been subjected to specific rules which ban “expressing a personal opinion on matters of public policy, politics, or controversial subjects”.
As part of this, reporters have also been warned against “virtue signalling” – “no matter how apparently worthy the cause”.
This includes retweets, likes or joining online campaigns which could “indicate a personal point of view”.
The rules even extend to the use of emojis which “can accidentally, or deliberately undercut an otherwise impartial post”.
Journalists have been told: “Nothing should appear on your personal social media accounts that undermine the perception of the BBC’s integrity or impartiality.”
There is also an instruction for all staff not to “express a view on any policy which is a matter of current political debate or on a matter of public policy, political or industrial controversy, or any other controversial subject”.
Gary Lineker, the Match of the Day presenter who is the corporation’s highest-paid employee, has been known for using his Twitter account for outspoken attacks on the government – a point of such contention that it was discussed at a House of Commons select committee last month.
<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="High-profile BBC journalists such as political editor Laura Kuennsberg have also been accused of biased Twitter posts, though the corporation has never found her in breach of impartiality rules for something she has posted on social media.” data-reactid=”69″>High-profile BBC journalists such as political editor Laura Kuennsberg have also been accused of biased Twitter posts, though the corporation has never found her in breach of impartiality rules for something she has posted on social media.
Meanwhile, the following social media rules will apply to all staff:
Always behave professionally, treating others with respect and courtesy at all times: follow the BBC’s Values
Don’t bring the BBC into disrepute
Don’t criticise your colleagues in public. Respect the privacy of the workplace and the confidentiality of internal announcements
<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Watch: New BBC boss threatens to suspend employees’ Twitter accounts” data-reactid=”75″>Watch: New BBC boss threatens to suspend employees’ Twitter accounts
The BBC warned breaches of the rules “may lead to disciplinary action” and even “possible termination of employment in serious circumstances”.
<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Appearing before MPs last month, Davie raised the prospect of suspending employees’ Twitter accounts for impartiality breaches, though there is no mention of that in the new guidance.” data-reactid=”81″>Appearing before MPs last month, Davie raised the prospect of suspending employees’ Twitter accounts for impartiality breaches, though there is no mention of that in the new guidance.
Davie took over as director general at the beginning of September with a warning that it is time to “renew” the corporation’s commitment to impartiality: a constant source of controversy surrounding the BBC.
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