Sunday, March 3, 2013

TIME magazine and their shoddy featured article about South Africa

TIME Magazine Cover: Oscar Pistorius
The photograph of Oscar Pistorius was originally taken by Pieter Hugo and appeared in the New York Times in 2012.

TIME magazine’s 90th anniversary edition, featuring Oscar Pistorius on the cover, will be out on the shelves on 11 March 2013.

Roy Greenslade, a professor of journalism at City University, London, reckons:  “This week's Time magazine has one of those striking cover images that bears all the hallmarks of being one that will live on for years to come.” – Source
(God help Oscar Pistorius!)

The first issue of TIME hit newsstands 90 years ago on 3 March, 1923. The featured article in this week’s edition focuses on Pistorius and the culture of violence in South Africa. The six-page article was written by Alex Perry, TIME's Africa bureau chief, based in Cape Town. The Pistorius cover, including the featured article, will appear in all three editions namely: TIME Asia, TIME U.S., and TIME Europe.

Alex Perry’s featured article is available for reading online, here.

Although Perry’s article draws attention to several undeniable truths about the NEW liberated, Communist-infected South Africa, I was a little disappointed, yet not surprised, that the article lacked a large percentage of honesty. The article also contained a few glaring inaccuracies, which made me wonder whether journalists ever bother nowadays with a little elementary research before sending their work off for publication. Or was this another rush-job with Mr. Perry battling to meet the magazine’s deadlines? If that is the case he should then maybe consider another job!

Whatever the case, thanks to TIME magazine and Alex Perry, millions of people across the globe are going to get an unrealistic perspective of South Africa and the Afrikaner in general. For starters I have a big issue with the headline of the article. Why in heavens name do they speak of “the culture of violence in South Africa,” when it’s actually a specific subculture that is involved in the overwhelming incidents of violence. It is a subculture whose despicable manners are so savage that many of us cannot adapt to it, no matter how hard we try?

It was prominent mainstream media, like TIME magazine, for example, who made a mockery of the Policy of Separate Development (aka Apartheid). In the mid-1960s Doctor Hendrik Frensch Verwoerd, the 7th Prime Minister of South Africa, was regarded by many as one of the world’s most educated and respected statesmen of the 20th century. Yet it was TIME magazine, dated 26 August 1966, that depicted the face of Hendrik Verwoerd on their front cover as a deranged monster, together with the words in bold print: “SOUTH AFRICA: The delusions of Apartheid”. Incidentally TIME magazine’s featured article of August 1966 was also 6 pages long. For more info see an earlier posting on this blog titled: Is Dr HF Verwoerd’s murder haunting Naspers?

I’ve noticed that Sunette Bridges has already responded to Alex Perry’s article on her website: Her opening paragraph deals with the fact that Oscar Pistorius is NOT an Afrikaner, but an English speaking South African by his own admission. Her article is aptly titled, “Living in a TIME warp!” – It is worth a read, considering that this blog is not going to repeat what she has already said!

What I will repeat on this page, however, are a few random angry responses to Perry’s article – sourced online from TIME magazine:

“Why not report on all the farm murders happening daily? People being tortured for a cell phone? Most of the time the motive is not theft at all. That is something you can tell the world! Oscar is also human like all of us and he failed, like even you failed with this article. As jy Afrikaans verstaan, verstaan jy nog nie die Afrikaners nie. Kry jou feite agtermekaar en dan skryf jy weer vir ons 'n storie. Die struggle van die Previously Disadvantaged Individuals is nou die struggle van die "presently disadvantaged Individuals". Report that!”

“Perry thought you would know better! Time your reputation has yet again been tarnished by inaccurate sensationalist comments. What happened to researching and using facts for the entire piece? You get it a thumbs up for your comments on crime, corruption absolute lawlessness but I am afraid the rest are simply not true statements. As I white Afrikaner I wish I could live in these laagers you so loosely refer to but unfortunately due to BEE and affirmative action joining the corrupt new black elite in these laagers seem like a pipe dream.You state you ave been living in SA for 6 years ...... Your either exceptionally ignorant or completely blind. Have you ever been outside Cape Town. Catch a wake up.”

“Too many generalisations extracted from this story. Pistorius (not Afrikaans-speaking BTW) was a paranoid gun freak, NOT a typical South African at all.”

“Idiot journalist - get your facts straight.  Pretoria Boys High is NOT a private school as you claim.  I should know - I am one of its old boys.”

“So Time Magazine is under the impression that only white people live in security estates? Everyone here (no matter your race) is in danger of criminal activity. We all protect ourselves as much as we can.Actually RSA is in a FULL SCALE WAR because over 3000 Afrikaners died in brutal murders in our country since 1994. Like this article mentioned only a few minor wounds during the zulu war compared to this total.”

“I am shocked to read the amount of inaccuracies in this article about South Africa. While some of it is true and mostly exaggerated, some "facts" are completely incorrect. Firstly the further you get from Table Mountain does not mean you are poorer or blacker. There are fantastic suburbs inhabited by a diverse population stretching all the way from the city center all the way through to the winelands. Secondly you state that 2 million of the 3,5 million Capetonians are Black. This is also false, Black South Africans are the 3 largest population group in Cape Town making up only about 6 % of the population! Really shocked with this crappy journalism!”

Note: At time of posting there were 972 comments posted in response to Alex Perry’s article.

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