Tuesday, January 14, 2003

First, you're not beating a dead horse

Second, I think people just want to hear everything is okay. Most don't want to know the gory details, etc. I don't want to go out on a limb, but I'm afraid the friends in your anecdotes are the exception - take that as a compliment PC, because you are an unusual stand out person.

I also think we like crap - no, we love crap - as a nation. Commercial network television give about the same time to world news as it does to what I like to refer to as "novelty news".

This is a paraphrased excerpt from last night's news (from memory) -"Tonight, on the north side of Chicago, firemen worked in the frigid cold to loosen a manhole. Apparently a cat had got it's head stuck in the finger hole...ha ha ha. Whaddya think of that Kathy (Kathy being the co-anchor) The cat's alright and doing swell. Now for the weather (for the second time tonight mind you) with Tom....blah blah blah" I am not kidding.

Our Nightly News Broadcasts on the big three have 30 minutes minus commercials. So does Hollywood Insider, Entertainment Tonight, Extra, etc. Plus you now have the weekend edition of the aforementioned shows, and Living Large (syndicated) a sort of Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous for the "urban" (code word for black) set. The local news always makes time for celebrity court cases, rumors, etc.

I think an awful lot of people in this country would prefer not to know about the hard hiting news stuff , or maybe the network suits have decided that in depth reporting doesn't bring in the advertising dollars. Even 60 Minutes and 20/20 now have the prerequisite fluff story, maybe even two, per episode. Don't even get me started on the crap that Dateline stuffs their program with. Nightline however on ABC might be the only national broadcast news program worth watching.

Maybe it's because people are disgusted and feel it's hopeless to fret about, people who are fed up with politics and think they have only their own self interest in mind when they vote in Congress. Maybe they it's too much of a distraction on more important things, be it material or otherwise. Or they prefer to hear about sex and violence rather than the details of a Supreme Court case or the results of finagling with economic policy. I'm not sure which one.

Speak of cats and under reported stories, did you know that our Senate Majority Leader is an admitted cat torturer? I bet you didn't. I heard about it on Getdonkey and did a google search. This isn't some rumor, it's something he wrote about in his own book. Just click here and see page 2 of this article on the Senator Frist in the Boston Globe. Talk about stories flying under the radar. It's kinda dissappointing considering that Slate did some flattering press on his volunteer work as a Doctor in Africa and Aids, etc.

Here's the article's address: http://www.boston.com/globe/magazine/2002/1027/coverstory.htm, page 2 includes the admission of the "impropriety".

Third - the story about your friend who bought you the beer and siad "there was no surplus... blah, blah, blah," I think is indicative of an awful lot of people everywhere, be it in this country or abroad that see what they want to see, hear what they want to hear and believe what they want to believe, facts, news & reality be damned. There are too many avenues and boutique news outlets that are willing to serve up to people exactly what they want. That goes for liberals and conservatives, Dems and Repubs, etc. It's like if their was a nationwide cheer, it would be "Tell me what I want to hear!".

The Bush administration is routinely denying requests for information under the Freedom of Information Act

I was really curious about this especially when it happened. NOW will Bill Moyers covered it, but I'm so distracted by work, grad school, girlfriend, radio show, and all the really awful things that are going on out in the world right now that I don't have time to raise a ruckus about this. Maybe it's our own fault that this stuff continues to go relatively unchallenged....

As far as FAIR is concerned, we run it on WZRD here in Chicago. I used to appreciate it more and still listen to it when it's on, but I've come across a few, how shall we call them, "inconsistencies." Bleeding heart liberal that I am, even I get a little tired of lefty slanted news, especially self righteous lefty news.

Anyway sometimes it's more fun to refer to the right wing media. I got this interesting email from this guy calling himself the scarlet pimpernell. He makes mention of stuff I am pretty familiar with, like the Reagan and the first Bush administration's connection to Saddam, selling WMD (like bio and chemical provisions) etc. But I did not know about accusations against the Cheynster.

Check out this site called NewsMax. It's obviously a right wing slanted site with it's headline news stories about Michael Savage's new book, Senator Robert Byrd's connections to the KKK (well documented, very old, and renounced by the Senator), yet more dirt on Clinton, San Fransisco "Educrat's Propaganda" etc. It also has Limbaugh commentary, advertising for the NRA and hair replacement, yadda yadda, yadda. You would have thought that they would have gotten this article off their site. It's like it was an oversight or an accident that they haven't pulled this off their site, in fear that our national hero Vice President Chenney might be accused be the "liberal American hating left" that Cheney is a crook.

UNITED NATIONS, June 23 (UPI) -- Halliburton Co., the oil company that was headed by Vice President Dick Cheney, signed contracts with Iraq worth $73 million through two subsidiaries while he was at its helm, the Washington Post reported.

This is an old article no less, pre 9.11, pre "regime change" mode Bush. I have no idea how this stuff slips by. Oh well, just close your eyes, click your heels and say to yourself "there's no place like home" ten times. Then get loaded on Vodka... that should help... till your sober again.

PS - Public Citizen, you should tell your friends about this link start inserting it into your emails to friends. Let's see how fast it''l take for them to pull the article.....


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