“What Do You Have Against White People?”

John Gormley, yesterday:

Ooh! I can answer the question! Global doesn’t have anything against white people. Global ran Andrew Russell’s story about the make-up of Trump’s cabinet (which is, factually, mostly white, male, and rich, which, also factually, isn’t demographically representative of the country he was (technically) elected to lead) because it’s news.

And that homogeneous make-up is, arguably, a problem — because a room full of white, rich dudes is saddled with a narrow range of life experiences informing their public policy. They won’t have experienced racism, sexism or poverty, and as a result they’re much less likely to understand ordinary people’s real, lived experiences.

So the make-up of Trump’s cabinet is absolutely a legitimate topic for a Global news story — especially after all the racist (“Mexican rapists”) and sexist (“Blood coming out of her wherever”) things Trump has said.

It sure as hell isn’t racist against white people, as Gormley implies.

That said: to me, if anything in Global’s tag line is conspicuous, it’s that it doesn’t mention how rich Trump’s cabinet is. But we’ll let that pass because Russell’s actual Global article sure does:

The 17 people Trump has so far selected for his cabinet or for posts with cabinet rank have a combined wealth of $9.5 billion including DeVos – whose net worth is estimated at roughly $5.1 billion, according to Forbes.

I wish John Gormley worried more about narrow-minded, self-interested business elites being handed the keys to the U.S. government by a horrible, horrible man, and less about imaginary racism against white people.

Neil Young And Regina Puddles

A couple hours ago Hofmeister  and I went out to grab a coffee. On the way to the cafe, we bumped into a team from local TV, out on the Scarth St. mall filming streeters for tonight’s news.

Their  question for the public was something along the lines of “What do you think of celebrities who take up causes?”

As we chatted about this important topic — celebrities, not the causes they support — I undid my jacket. I was a little warm, probably because I was over-dressed for today’s above-zero temperatures. Which, by the way, are a tad above the average Jan. 17 high-11°C.

Ya know… it borders on journalistic malpractice that a lot of today’s media coverage on Neil Young’s Regina went out of its way to avoid the issues he’s actually raising money for and drawing attention to — namely, Treaty rights and fighting global warming-causing tarsands development. Look at page A6 in today’s Leader-Post, for instance. Mandryk chases a tangent about rhetoric, Gormley is, well, his usual pro-Conservative, global warming denying self and the political cartoon is total propaganda that looks it was commissioned by a pipeline company.

It’s a flat-out bullshit page that’ll live in infamy as glaring example of a daily paper totally blowing a story.

You’d think that some media outlet besides Prairie Dog would have noticed that on the same January afternoon that Young is in town talking about global warming, there are puddles on city streets and sidewalks.

But I guess that would be expecting too much.

Just checked the temp: as of 4:39 p.m., it’s plus-2°. Happy climate change!

The Goblin King Reads Halloween Stories

John GormleySeems John Gormley didn’t like our 13 Horrors Of Regina feature. Last Tuesday on his show he raged about it, calling it claptrap and saying: “It’s intellectually fuzzy. Well, that’s Prairie Dog per usual. It doesn’t make a lot of sense.” (Listen to the whole segment on the Newstalk 980 website.)

I phoned up Whitworth right after listening to the show to say, “Crap, we totally should’ve had a blurb about Gormley in the Horrors of Regina.”

“Next year,” he said, “We’ll call him the Goblin King.”

Hence the title of this post.

Meanwhile, listening to an entire episode of John Gormley Live made me think of two other entries we should have included in the 13 Horrors but didn’t: The Left-Winged Chimera and The Straw Manticore. But they can wait. I’m sure they’ll be around next Halloween.

Anyway, during the segment, Gormley mentioned how nobody ever reads Prairie Dog which I thought was pretty funny because not only had he clearly read the Halloween issue, he went on to read two excerpts on the air.

It. Was. Awesome! Somehow his talk radio host voice really brought out the true horror of the feature. So, considering today is October 31 and I’m sure you’re all in the mood for a scare, I thought I’d share a couple clips of John Gormley reading from Prairie Dog‘s Halloween feature, The 13 Horrors of Regina. First up, Aidan Morgan’s terrifying tale of giant monster run amok, “The Boom Kaiju.”

Next, John Gormley reads a frightening fable by Stephen Whitworth called “The Truck Orcs.”

There you go. Happy Halloween!