I am no fan of censorship. Or at least I haven’t been for most of my life. But thanks to the irresponsible, self-destructive behaviour we constantly see from our gutter press, my opinions are beginning to change.
My greatest objection to the Protection of State Information Bill right now is that it has been whittled away by various whiners, busy-bodies and do-gooders to the point where it can no longer effectively perform its intended function, which was to gain control over any media outlets not owned by the Guptas.
And is such control necessary? You’re damn right it is. Our country is hanging its head in shame and embarrassment. Again. We’re a laughingstock. Again. And who is to blame? The media. Again.
On Monday, our president, Jacob Zuma, in commenting on the e-tolls, announced that “We can’t think like Africans, in Africa, generally. We are in Johannesburg, This is Johannesburg. It’s not some national road in Malawi.” And how did our media respond? Those curs, those mangy dogs snapping at the heels of our democracy, reported that Zuma had said “We can’t think like Africans, in Africa, generally. We are in Johannesburg, This is Johannesburg. It’s not some national road in Malawi.”
This was a breathtakingly irresponsible thing to do. They didn’t even bother to check with Mac Maharaj what the President really meant, first. They just went right on ahead and shamed the nation by reporting the things that the President actually said. And these are the people that claim that the media should be “self-regulating”. Hah!
I understand that we are all human. We all slip up from time to time. I think we could live with this shocking "error" by the press if it was an isolated incident. A boo-boo. But it wasn’t. South Africa has repeatedly been left looking foolish by these guys. When you add things up, it starts to look an awful lot like there is some sort of sinister campaign being played out here. The press is actively trying to embarrass our nation. Just take a quick peek back at what these bastards have been up to;
In 2006, the president said “Same sex marriage is a disgrace to the nation and to God. When I was growing up, ‘ungqingili' [gays] could not stand in front of me, I would knock him out." Almost unbelievably, the press, again without consulting Mac Maharaj as to what he really meant, just went ahead and reported that the President had said “Same sex marriage is a disgrace to the nation and to God. When I was growing up, ‘ungqingili' [homosexuals in isiZulu] could not stand in front of me, I would knock him out." Unbelievable.
In 2008, Zuma said "God expects us (the ANC) to rule this country because we are the only organisation which was blessed by pastors when it was formed. It is even blessed in Heaven. That is why we will rule until Jesus comes back.” And our press? Well, I’m sure that you’re starting to pick up a trend here. Those anti-democratic counter-revolutionaries reported that Zuma had said "God expects [the ANC] to rule this country because we are the only organisation which was blessed by pastors when it was formed. It is even blessed in Heaven. That is why we will rule until Jesus comes back.” Disgusting.
There’s more. Zuma said a shower “would minimise the risk of contracting the disease (AIDS)." The press reported that Zuma said a shower “would minimise the risk of contracting the disease (AIDS)."
Zuma said the ANC was more important than the Constitution. The press said that Zuma said the ANC was more important than the Constitution.
I could go on, but the sickening behaviour of our media is making me sad. The world is laughing at us, and it will continue to do so until we find a way to stop these unpatriotic hacks from reporting the things that our leader says. Enough! These yammering fools have squandered the freedom that so many sacrificed so much to achieve. It’s time to push the Secrecy Bill through, and then get to work on some laws that really put a boot down on the neck of the gutter press.
It’s time for us to start thinking about democracy like grown-ups. Freedom comes with responsibility. Until the media learns to check with Mac Maharaj what the President meant, after the fact, rather than simply reporting the things he says, we can never truly be free. Watch yourselves, media! You’ve been put on notice.
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