Date registered: Sep 2004
Vehicle: 83 Astral Silver 280 SL
Location: Planet Houston
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RE: Current Young-Bride-Murder-of-the-Month
Actually, I don't see it as a left - right thing, altho Fox News is the organization that introduced this type of sensationalism into what used to be a thoughtful news media in this country, and of course all the other media have now followed. These techniques all orginated with Murdock in his British tabloid empire, and now he has brought them here. As a result, our news media is concerned with substantive issues less and less, and this kind of graphic horro story more and more.
Case in point: The most interesting survey I read this week was a poll where the user was supposed to state the thing s/he feared the most. Terrorism? Pollution? Job loss? No, it was child molestation. Now, child molestation is certainly a very bad thing, but it is statistically a pretty remote event for most people - however the same media pushing bride-of-the-month also pushes molester-of-the-week as well, and I can't help but see that this has caused the average muttonhead to believe we are in the throes of a child molester invasion.
Years ago, in a college journalism course I took, the professor lectured on how one of the great strengths of American Democracy was what he called The National Agenda, a list of issues and debates that were presented by the news media, derived from political bodies and events, that were reported on and discussed by the people. It is my opinion that the far right, of whom Murdock is the shadow leader, wishes this to end. I see it succeeding everywhere. The new National Agenda is child molestors, murderers, criminal celebrities, anything but substansive reporting on the issues. I am sure the Case of The Bug Eyed Bride will push anything substansive into the shadows with Murdock.
Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.
-President Barack Obama, 1st Inaugural address