I found this link on another conservative blog and yes, I do have an inconstant roving eye. It leads to an excellent humorous video with an absolutely solid demonstration of how little objectivity or thought there is in your evening newscast. Plagiarism much? I truly dislike the idea that current “news” venues practice very little journalism and report only bits and pieces that they have harvested and culled from wire feeds, pruning here, snipping there to fit their editorial mindset– and then repeat it ad nauseam.
Compiled (apparently) by the producers of the Conan O’Brien show, the video is 2:30 minutes of clips showing local news talking heads repeating, verbatim, the lead-in to a segment about how we go Christmas shopping but spend more on ourselves. This is not a critical thing when standing alone, but it highlights this Smart Ass White Boy’s fruitless Diogenes search for an honest man.
I stipulate this IS a widespread non-partisan flaw that plagues the system/culture/CONGRESS too, not just the news media when giving frivolous puff pieces but deeply, seriously beyond that. Just conjure up Nancy Pelosi with that stunned deer in the headlights look intoning the same buzzwords you have heard moments before from the lips of Debbie Wasserman-Shultz or Harry Reid. Then flip channels and get the full dose of pathos from John Boehner weeping as he intones the exact words of a dozen of his colleagues. Or think of the media presentation of Trayvon Martin as an innocent 17 yo who just wanted to communicate to George Zimmerman that he was merely a peaceful kid via his attack.
To me, TV newscasts often resemble the nightly shark feeding conducted at so many water-side bars in Caribbean resorts to titillate the tourists with the awesome sight of sharks (the proletariat) being whipped into a feeding (political) frenzy! Its all innocent great fun until YOU have to enter the water at twilight to fix something.
Heck, I do not have a resolution to this! I am merely expressing my pain at the impotent angst caused by running into this at every turn yet seeing unhealthy levels of it in my own character. Have we EVER been more divided as a country? I graduated HS in 1965 and vividly remember those days but I do not remember ever seeing such widespread intentional propaganda driven confusion. 1 year to a new beginning and 3 years to a whole new environment if we care and demonstrate that concern by voting.