By James Turnage
Our press and media are often criticized for what and how they divulge “news” to the American public. I agree with the majority of all complaints. Depending on the network or the newspaper, opinions are slanted severely to the right or left of politics.
We senior citizens remember when television news was mandated by congress. It wasn’t intended to be the prime factor in the station’s revenue. We saw a half hour from real newsmen and later newswomen. Cronkite, Huntley and Brinkley, Murrow, and others reported the facts, the who, what, why, when, where, and how of a story. They allowed us to develop our own opinions, they didn’t tell us what to think.
Today cable networks such as FOX and MSNBC continually repeat topics until they are sure the viewer has become fully brainwashed. They do not have actual newspersons, they have entertainers, actors who are no better than televangelists. And it all works because the average American is too lazy to seek out the facts for themselves.
This is all very disappointing to me. But I would make a fervent request to all media to not waste my time. Please, please stop giving time to those who had their ten minutes of fame, and have no opinions and comments of value. You pass up stories and events from around the world to cater to those who are only concerned with their own agenda, and serve the demands of sponsors. I don’t ever want to hear another word from those who have repeatedly displayed their ignorance and penchant for repeating lies and accusations such as, Giuliani, Palin, Bachmann, Buchanan, Beck, Limbaugh, and the worst of all, Trump.
If I were any of them, I would be so embarrassed about what I had said that I would crawl in a hole and never talk to anyone again.
I may not agree with some whose comments I know are fallacious or just plain wrong, but have shown occasional intelligence and have achieved certain accomplishments which gives them the right to be heard. Reid, Boehner, McConnell, and even Bill Clinton come to mind.
I understand that television and newspapers are supported entirely by their sponsors. I am also aware that the “news” is the most profitable part of it all. But I and anyone else with an average IQ request that you no longer offend our intellect by forcing us to see, read, and hear opinions from these non-celebrities. Please help them disappear. They’ve had more than their ten minutes of fame, and it’s time for them to be silenced.