JANUARY 2011: Letters To The Editor...
Author: Special To C2 Magazine
I was disturbed to see that CH2 chose “Out of Africa” as the theme for the Top 10 Bachelors of 2011 shoot. It was stated that Mark Staff, “sought inspiration in a vintage African safari.” I cannot understand how the slaughter of African wildlife can be considered inspirational.
The wanton killing of these magnificent animals has brought many of them to the point of extinction. It is comforting to know that conservation groups are working to save these endangered species.
Today’s African safaris are “shot” with cameras, not high powered rifles and pistols. African wildlife conservation groups abound over the internet—certainly an inspirational theme.
My wife and I were extremely upset by your insensitive use of hunting,i.e. the killing of beautiful and endangered animals to support the bachelor section.
You should be ashamed of yourselves.
Wyndom and Rob Brown
Dear Ms. Washo:
I just saw the letters to the editor for November’s issue. A few thoughts:
1. The last paper that I wrote in college was a comprehensive 20 page research paper in which I argued that it is impossible for a human being to objectively report the news. I whole-heartedly believe this. When a media outlet claims to be objective, I immediately lose some degree of trust in them as an institution.
2. Journalists are the most self-important people on the planet. The only social responsibility that a journalist should feel (especially in the age of “information saturation”) is the obligation to censor as few viewpoints as possible. I do not look to CH2, Hilton Head Monthly, or even the Savannah Morning News to set the All Important Social Agenda ™. If the electorate is so starved for information that they vote for state offices based on what a local, monthly entertainment magazine publishes, then that is evidence of a more serious fissure in the foundation of our democratic republic than even a media mogul like Maggie Washo can repair (,” said the wordy gasbag himself.)
**3.** The reason that journalism is on every “least trusted professions” list and poll is because of the glorious combination of its ringing self-importance and its members’ insistence on their own objectivity (meaning that their truths are the universal truths, “and that’s just how it is.”).
The letter from the former publisher of Hilton Head Monthly provides a wonderful case study in the conceited nature of journalism and its standard bearers, while simultaneously highlighting the contradictions of a profession that prides itself on all manner of examinations except for serious internal ones. I can guarantee you that if you ran the Sheheen piece before the Haley piece, you would have probably heard from the general public, but not from a member of the media politburo. It can be argued that the Haley interview had more softballs than an all-woman’s college athletic department, but so did the Sheheen interview, and I certainly understand that when it comes to landing spots with politicians in a nationally recognized race, you take what you can get, when you can get it for the benefit of your readers.
As for threats of boycotts and bad press, serious people who care about real issues have more important battles to wage, and I would argue that your magazine does infinitely more good for your advertisers than it does harm them.
The general population just wants to know what it is getting when it engages your medium. And, in your case, they get it in a fun and visually appealing way.
Great work, yet again, and you have to listen to me, because I have a Journalism degree, and that’s just how it is.