Posts Tagged ‘Police Brutality’

TYT: Actor James Cromwell Blasts Oil Police Thugs and Corporate Media

November 27, 2016

This is another clip from The Young Turks about the protests against the oil pipeline at Standing Rock. In this piece, James Cromwell, the Hollywood actor, talks to The Turks’ Jordan Cheriton about how the thuggish behaviour of the rozzers at Standing Rock and the way the protests have been completely ignored by the mainstream corporate media shows the racism against Native Americans. When there are demonstrations elsewhere, the cops react decently. They arrest people, but don’t usually attack or maltreat them. Here it’s different. And this shows the racism against Native Americans. He also notes that when there are protests and riots in the east, the mainstream media are there. But they’re not covering this protest, with the exception of The Young Turks, because they’re really controlled by the oil companies and the bottom line of not doing anything that would upset their sponsors. The only way to be informed in this country [America] is by people looking it up on YouTube. The clip ends with another Native American chant, which I believe must be in the Sioux language, against the pipeline.

Cromwell’s appeared in a number of Hollywood blockbusters. I remember him from Star Trek: First Contact and Deep Impact. He’s not the first big name Hollywood actor, who’s lent their voice to Native protests. Marlon Brando also did so in the 1970s, when he joined one of the peoples on the West Coast defending their fishing rights against another company. Cromwell is also right about people turning to the internet to see what’s really going on. This applies to both left and right, though sometimes people from radically opposed parts of the political spectrum look at the same news sources. I was talking the other day to someone, who clearly viewed themselves as a supporter of small government, who also watched RT as well as Fox News.

The mainstream media and the Beeb in particular are complaining about the way their ability to shape the political consensus is breaking down. They moan that it is making people more polarised in their opinions through people of different political views watching only the news channels that share their opinions. But the underlying problem is not addressed or even acknowledged. The mainstream media has a very pronounced corporate bias. Cromwell describes how it works in America. Over here in Britain, where we supposedly have the impartial BBC, the Corporation is still biased. Books and studies have been published, most recently by Cardiff, Edinburgh and Glasgow universities, showing that the Beeb is very much biased towards the establishment. They are far more likely to interview Conservative MPs and managing directors than Labour MPs and trade unionists, and when they do, they are far more likely to accept automatically the views of the Tories and businessmen as being true. And I’ve quoted Barry and Saville Kushner, the authors of Who Needs the Cuts?, how they were constantly infuriated by the Corporation’s automatic assumption that cuts were necessary and the way BBC announcers and reporters shouted down Labour leaders and politicians, who dared to contradict them. And the other year Mike reported how the Beeb was very definitely not reporting on the massive demonstration against its bias that was occurring on its very doorstep. It did report it online, but definitely not as an item on the television.

If people are abandoning mainstream media, it’s because that media is flagrantly biased. It therefore deserves to lose viewers until it corrects this.

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Disabled Protester Jody McIntyre Hauled from Wheelchair by Police during 2010 Student Riots

January 31, 2014

This is footage from Youtube of Jody McIntyre being dragged from his wheelchair to the ground by the police during the 2010 riots against the Coalition’s raising of tuition fees. As you might expect from such a disgraceful incident, there is strong language so viewer discretion is advised.

It can be seen on Youtube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rQV9P61FUwg.

I was told about this incident and the footage of it by one of the great commenters to this blog, who was worried that the police would use similar tactics against disabled people attending the nationwide protests against ATOS scheduled for next month (February). Looking at this incident, I think that unfortunately there’s a real possibility of this. After all, Ian Duncan Smith personally seems to regard the disabled as a real, physical threat to his safety. When he was called to appear before the Work and Pensions Committee, he entered the room surrounded by bodyguards and armed policemen, who pointed their guns at the public gallery, which included disabled people and their carers.

McIntyre himself was interviewed on TV about the incident. Here’s one of them, also from Youtube.

The Youtube address for this is at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tXNJ3MZ-AUo.

There’s another interview with him on Sky News, in which he says that this was the second time this happened. He believes that the police deliberately seek to provoke violence in order to justify Conservative attitudes and policies.

This video can also be found on Youtube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vKwSmwoVB9E.

I’m afraid there is some evidence to support McIntyre’s allegations against the police. One of my cousins attended the poll tax protests in London over twenty years ago during the last days of Margaret Thatcher’s tenure of 10 Downing Street. I heard from her that the police forcibly tried to pull her from the crowd, but her friends managed to pull her back before she could be beaten like some of the other protesters.

I am not anti-police by any means, and am very aware that they do a difficult and strenuous job trying to protect society. Often the villains they confront are hardened, violent, brutal individuals. But this clearly appears not to have been the case with Mr McIntyre. I therefore strongly suggest that anyone attending the protests against ATOS should be very careful to protect themselves and their friends, particularly those with disabilities in case something like this happens again.