In the summer of 2013, Paula Deen was going through hell. Her cooking show was gone, her sponsors were abandoning her every day, the world's media was against her. She was a “racist.” No, she's not a racist. People of her generation say the n-word quite often, even today. The media has been very harsh on Ms. Deen. She didn't deserve to have her life taken away from her. She seems like a kind and caring person, she looks almost motherly. She's a good woman, she's not a racist, yes, she said some words that make her SOUND racist, but in reality, she's a gentle soul, being punished for saying a few words here and there.
Donald Sterling, he's an ignorant man. What he said wasn't right either. He tells his girlfriend not to bring any black people to his team's games. The LA Clippers themselves even staged a silent protest against their owner. But Mr. Sterling, he was having a private conversation. What people say to their girlfriends or boyfriends or family members, it's really none of our business. The media has destroyed Don Sterling, just as they did Paula Deen.
They both deserve second chances to prove that they're good people. Mark Sanford, the former North Carolina governor, he ran away from his duties and slept with a mistress, yet the people of North Carolina still elected him to the US Congress. Rob Ford, in Toronto, he said much worse things than Paula and Don did, yet there's a real chance that the people of Toronto will give him another four year mandate.
As Hillary Clinton, the former US Secretary of State put it: “A lot of serious news reporting has become more entertainment driven and more opinion-driven as opposed to factual.” Truer words have never been spoken. The media just wants more views on their pages, they don't give a damn about facts, they don't care about using their influence to make society a better place. No. They pick on people, they're bullies. Paula and Don, they were punished quite harshly for the words they've said. Now it's time to let them rebuild their lives, let them learn from their mistakes, and give them a chance to show us that the media was wrong about them.
About The Author
Matthew Frank Kot was born and raised here in Sault Ste Marie. He first starting writing articles for Soonews.ca in early 2008, becoming the city's youngest columnist and journalist. He then went on to write for Local2, and for a short time had his "MATTer of Opinion" column on SaultOnline.com. Matthew was very involved in the 2010 and 2014 Municipal Elections and wrote several opinion pieces about important issues. In 2011, Matthew started Sault Transit Reform and has continued advocating for a better transit system since then.