A few weeks ago, CNN’s popular free San Francisco show — a one-hour Sunday evening special about how San Francisco fell to hell in the FOX News stream — took on a nuanced angle on San Francisco. It is not surprising that no life of homeless people.
Now that Chris Licht, who served as CNN’s CEO last year, has stepped down, there are questions about what his goals were for the network, which had seen viewership soar during his tenure. Prescient. And challenging the sensational, national pastime of dumping San Francisco, where Sunday evening ratings are sluggish, is giving Donald Trump a public forum to spout bullshit — unwise. In particular, it fits the CEO’s decision-making tactics. at the previous week’s Town Hall Special.
CNN’s shift to the right in recent months has been well-documented, and the “What Happened to San Francisco?” mini-documentary seems to have been part of that trend. Respected journalist Sarah Sydner was probably dismissed, or even not involved in editing the special, for taking complex issues out of context and breaking the worst tendency of TV news to oversimplify. .
Ironically, this was an episode of Anderson Cooper’s “The Whole Story” series.it would be almost impossible to tell the whole story A 20-minute commercial interspersed with a 20-minute commercial break into an hour of television, squeezing the current challenges of sci-fi.
Homelessness is one such issue, as Mayor Breed of London likes to do. And the Chronicle’s Soleil Ho reached out to one of the uncontained subjects Sydner interviewed this week, former firefighter Cooper Olona, who has a disability. Sidner probably got to know this person through this mini-documentary about her and how she takes care of the medical needs of people who aren’t detained. Orona’s story was complicated and CNN clearly didn’t have time.
The CNN feature included one brief exchange in which Sydner confronted Orona about why she wouldn’t accept housing in one of the city’s many and troubled SROs. rice field. Sydner says, “Take the housing, it’s safer!” Orona replies, “No, it’s not.”
No further explanation that Orona told Sydner on camera was aired. But as she told Ho, “People die every second.” [SROs] And they just scoop the body aside and put the next person inside. And she told the story of her sister who lives in one of her SROs. A man had repeatedly broken into her unit there, but her complaints were not addressed. Orona therefore prefers to control the environment in the camp, even if it’s probably not as safe.
Orona also said that a friend named Krystal, who was in the same camp, was interviewed in front of the camera for “almost an hour” but ended up spending just 13 seconds as a symbol of all those who lost their homes because they were lonely. He said he was just standing there. their curfew. Orona explained to Ho that Crystal was supposed to sign in at a specific time to protect his home and belongings, but he contracted an infection that ended up in the hospital for two weeks. As a result, the SRO evicted her and gave her residence to others.
While we and the Chronicle are unable to confirm the details of that incident or any incident involving Orona’s sister, it appears to be typical of SRO systems that have been the subject of investigation by the Pulitzer Prize-winning Chronicle. I can hear you. Dangerous situation. In subsequent articles, I detailed how easily and how often former homeless people who have achieved their goal of obtaining housing lose it, due to sometimes arbitrary rules.
And, like this CNN article, detailing sci-fi social ills in a perfunctory and superficial way, without offering any new insight, implying that sympathy for the homeless is misplaced, I wonder if another article was really needed for the benefit of the far-flung audience who wanted it. Isn’t tingling liberalism a big deal?
“Yes, San Francisco, like any other city that has ever existed, has real problems,” Ho wrote. “But if we stopped framing inconvenient facts, we would be much more likely to solve the problem.”
Related: SF’s vast array of supportive housing, located in run-down and vermin-infested SROs, is barely better than being homeless.
Top image: Still from Studio Intersect’s Vimeo documentary “Couper Was Here”