Satirical Press International: At the studios of Satirical News Network in New York, Mia Cooney, co-host of the hit new show, The American Selfie, opens the show alone behind a curved desk with several photos of Americans taking selfies behind her.
Cooney: “Good morning to The American Selfie, the show that exposes the good and hard-to-believe of America. I’m co-host Mia Cooney. My colleagues, Kate Kelley and Faye Watson, are in the field covering the incredible breaking news over the weekend: a librarian in Massachusetts has rejected First Lady Melania Trump’s gift of Dr Seuss children’s books for several reasons, one being that The Cat in the Hat is racist. For coverage, let’s first go to Faye Watson in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Watson: “Thanks, Mia, and Happy Monday!”
Cooney: “That’s an oxymoron if I’ve ever heard one. What’s up in Cambridge, Faye?”
Watson: “Big controversy over famous children’s book author Dr. Seuss. I’m here with public school librarian, Liz Phipps Soeiro, who rejected a gift of 10 Dr. Seuss books to her school from First Lady Melania Trump. Ms. Soeiro, good morning.”
Soeiro: “Good morning, Faye.”
Watson: “You wrote Mrs. Trump a letter rejecting the books and explaining that The Cat in the Hat and other Seuss titles people are steeped in racist propaganda, caricatures, and harmful stereotypes.”
Soeiro: “Dr. Seuss was a bigot, a very bad man. his books are offensive, even Green Eggs and Ham.”
Watson: “But according to Fox News, there’s a photo of you dressed as The Cat in the Hat hugging the book, Green Eggs and Ham.”
Soeiro: “I do not like Fox News, I don’t like them a bit. Their reporters are mean, and quite full of (bleep).”
Watson: “Oops. Sorry about that, America.”
Cooney: “Thank Heavens for the three second delay.We bleeped the (bleep) right out. Oops!”
Cooney: “For more on this story, let’s go to Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. Kate, what’s up?”
Kelley: “Mia, until today, students here were not aware of the Dr. Seuss controversy, and as you may know, Dr. Seuss is a Dartmouth graduate. In fact, the Dartmouth Medical School is named The Geisel School of Medicine after Dr. Seuss’ real name.”
Cooney: “Is there trouble brewing with the Big Green?”
Kelley: “Yep. As we speak, students are protesting, calling for the school to change the name of the medical school.”
Cooney: “Anything else?”
Kelley: “Yeah, they want Dr. Seuss’ movie, The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, banned from campus or changed to The Grinch Who—Because of His Underprivileged Upbringing—Stole the Holidays.”
Cooney: “There you have it, America. Thanks, Kate, for the truly insightful reporting.”
Background for Foreign Readers
The United States is, quite unfortunately, experiencing a culture war that seems to worsen over time. In many ways, the war is generally coastal states and cities, urban, college educated versus inland states and towns and not college educated. The election of Barack Obama was viewed as a progressive sign by millions, and an overreaching of liberal America by nearly equal numbers. Donald Trump rode the wave of ‘white resentment’ and the American Electoral College system to capture the 2016 Election, which has, in turn, generated a backlash. For many, it was amazing that Trump could say and do the things he did and still get elected, which strongly indicated the level of resentment among a significant portion of the population.
The Electoral College system stems from a compromise in developing the U.S. Constitution. When the Constitution was being drafted, there were those who strongly preferred representation based on population alone, while others wanted representation by state. The compromise was to have two houses of Congress: the House of Representatives (based on population) and the Senate (based on state). As a result, states with a huge population, like California and New York, have the same number of senators as small population states like Alaska and Wyoming. The Electoral College is an indirect method of electing the President, where each state has the number of electoral votes equal to the number of representatives and senators. This creates a system where less populous states, which are mostly Republican because they are rural, have more representation in the Electoral College than large states like California, New York and Texas. This is a big reason why Donald Trump had fewer popular votes than Hillary Clinton but still won the presidency.
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