While not all that is said is true, not all that is truth is told.
In the weirdest interview (April 24/17) I ever saw by a professional journalist, KTVU’s Frank Sommerville interview of far-right extremist Ann Coulter, was an almost monologue lacking any substantial content and a 14:09 minute of free publicity spot for her books. OPED by Fernando A. Torres. LatinOpen
Fair for the Right Unfair for the Left; KTVU Newsman Plays Safe
San Francisco, Ca.- In the weirdest interview (April 24/17) I ever saw by a professional journalist, KTVU’s Frank Sommerville interview of far-right extremist Ann Coulter, was an almost monologue lacking any substantial content and a 14:09 minute of free publicity spot for her books.
Sommerville never questioned the content of her speeches and how the deriving hate is conducive to violence. He never pointed out that, just like Yiannopoulos, she is a top national provocateur specially when trashing immigrants (according to the NYT).
Instead, Sommerville seemed more worried about her security and about the details of the locale of her possible presentation. Sommerville kept a worrisome silence about Coulter’s character and controversial comments. I ask myself: Is it because he is either ill-prepared ignorant; afraid of loosing his job, or is it because he agree with her?
Coulter scheduled speech at UC Berkeley was cancelled last Abril amid contention of large protests and possible eruption of violence.
By trying to be in the “middle” Sommerville slipped into the far right calling protesters “extremists,” and a “circus.” Summerville’s passive way to interview Coulter – at times he looked like he was afraid – contrasted with the one next day, with activist Hoku Jeffrey of By Any Means Necessary that lasted only 6:24 minutes and by which, a now belligerent and fast on the draw, Sommerville tried to blame Jeffrey and protesters for the recent violence in Berkeley.
Sommerville used the argument of “what would you do if this happens to you” suggesting that to protest Coulter hateful speech is an extreme act and a suppression of free speech. He asked Jeffrey “why do you have the right to tell me who I can go and see speak?”
Jeffrey said from the Trump Administration and national news media “there is an attempt to change the subject.” But the thing is more simple, Jeffrey added, “our starting point is human life. We don’t accept immigrant bashing. We don’t accept that immigrant in this country are pursued and harass from coast to coast. We don’t accept that they are scapegoated for the problems of this country, just the same way the Jews were in nazi Germany. We don’t accept that”. The purpose of Coulter speech is “to make the campus more of a hostile climate for Latino, immigrant, (and) Muslim students … that’s why we said protest her speech.”
After Coulter commenting – right under Sommerville nose – that the plan of the left is to turn the country into a “third world hellhole” and in an unbelievable moment of self-revelation, Sommerville said “I see people on the extreme left and I see people on the extreme right… and all they do is blame the other side… nobody is willing to listen.”
I’m not sure what are the motives of this Oakland anchor person to take on such a mealy-mouthed posture, could be that saving one job is more important than any principle. But playing safe, putting everybody in the same bag is definitely not the way to go.
If denouncing and protesting the endorsement (as Coulter did) of bombing the New York Times building, of using rat poison to kill a human, of invading other countries to “kill their leaders, and convert them to Christianity,” of raping the earth because “God said, ‘Earth is yours. Take it,’” if blocking the appearance of such a deranged person that believes 53 million Latinos in the U.S. have a culture that accept child rape, that believe that minimum amounts of radiation are “actually good for you,” a person that believe in shooting “abortionists,” and that liberals are “traitors”… “always against America,” if protesting all of that is to be on the far left, then you can count me in. ##