While the “mainstream” US media has devolved into a separate entity of sub-culture over the last quarter century, lost to the chaotic temperament of pseudo-journalism have been the base traditions representative of a productive majority.
As the reliance on audience technology continues to emphasize information gathering driven by an incessant craving and unyielding gratification coupled with the subsequent lack of an educated ability to process content, the role of the messenger adhering the journalistic standard of neutrality remains crucial. The notion is clearly supported by recent developments in the relationship between Canada’s media and society. As the vehicle of time travel has not yet been perfected, the next best method in predicting the future is through recognizing existing trends and precedent.
While Canadians have been subject to a prevalence of pro-Islam content through popular culture mediums, the most recent and potent salvo fired in the struggle for power, was the recent donning of a Muslim Hijab by a female anchor during a broadcast on a Toronto-based television news network. How far the intermixing of Sharia law with Canadian common law will go now rides on the fate and currents of the Atlantic ocean and the adverse global effects of Merkel’s Germany and vast sanctuary for militant fundamentalists.
According to Fox News, Ginnella Massa previously sported the traditional Muslim head scarf as a television reporter in the smaller media market of Kitchener, Ontario. Last week, she became the first anchor in Canada to wear a Hijab, as she filled in for the 11pm newscast.
There is no doubt that the distributors of the participation trophy will be out in full force in handing out accolades and condemnations for the implied courage and political sentiments in the aftermath of Massa’s choice to showcase an article of her faith to a mass audience. Is this a victory for the rights of women, or more specifically a growing minority of women attempting to dissolve the shackles of a phallocentric culture dominated by a stringent faith? No. However, a potentially dangerous interpretation of policy is apparent as Christian television journalists endure the antithesis of congratulations and sentiments of small victories when choosing to show support for their religion on camera.
While Massa’s stunt represents a small sample size in testing the constraints and standards of the mainstream press on the North America continent, the larger picture of a population unwilling to attempt to assimilate is clear. Similar to the US, Canada possesses Muslim news syndicates, where traditions are upheld in serving a specific community. Massa has every freedom and right to work with one of these networks and and dress according to the demographics of the audience, while following media personality protocol and etiquette. The double standard is strong in this entire plot.
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