Wednesday, January 13, 2010

What Happened to Editors?

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when he sells family goat to
buy clothes for another woman.

Whatever happened to editors? An editor, I have learned from the online Merriam-Webster, is someone who edits. I gather there is no one that edits anymore, especially on the MSM. If there were would we be subjected to comments as idiotic as those of Rush Limbaugh on the terrible situation in Haiti? He said, I have seen on TV, that Obama is going to use this horrible disaster to help him with Black people. First, that anyone would be ghoulish enough to even think such a thing is difficult to understand. Second, Obama already has overwhelming support from the Black community so why would he need to use such a calamity to somehow get more? The fact of the matter is, Rush Limbaugh is a babbling idiot, to say nothing of a heartless monster, and if there were any editorial standards left in this country he wouldn’t be allowed within a mile of a microphone. Why should we be subjected to this baboon on TV? What he said isn’t news, it isn’t credible, it isn’t useful, it has no redeeming social value, it is, in short, just plain moronic babbling. He has, apparently, no editorial supervision, and is allowed day after day to spew his hatred and nonsense to an apparent audience of drooling cretins who seem to adore him. Go figure.

Ditto for Pat Robertson. Why on earth should we be subjected to a comment so demonstrably ridiculous as the one he just made about Haiti. We are supposed to believe that the disaster in Haiti is a result of the Haitian fight for independence from France a couple of hundred years ago, when they, according to this senile old goat, “sold their soul to the devil.” Robertson has a whole history of pronouncements about events that are collectively so stupid and patently absurd they should never have been repeated on TV at all. But they always are. Why? Again, they are not newsworthy, they are not true, indeed they are basically just sick fantasies out of the mouth of some religious nut who manages to somehow collect an audience of similar loonies into a Church of the Altogether Bonkers. There is no good reason we should have to listen to this utter crap year after year. And don’t tell me about the 1st amendment and free speech. He is free to say anything he wants, and if he can find an audience crazy enough to want to listen, fine, but his lunatic ramblings should not be forced on the public at large by an irresponsible MSM. Editing is apparently no longer considered a useful profession.

I suppose the ultimate example of this appalling practice is the hiring of Sarah Palin to be a “Commentator” on Fox News. I believe it is fair to say that the audience for Fox News in general is, shall we say generously, a bit mentally handicapped. So a major television network has hired her to inform them of who knows what. It is well known that she is ignorant as a post, has little or no knowledge of the world or world affairs, foreign policy, economics, or whatever, but she is hired to pass on her ignorance to the viewing audience of Fox News. I guess this will be the classic case of the blind leading the blind. Of course we all know by now that Fox News doesn’t even pretend to be a legitimate News source, but, rather, merely a propaganda tool for the extreme right wing. Even so, you might think they would want to employ people who knew at least something worth knowing. But no, they hired her because she would be “controversial,” controversy and shock being what passes for news these days. Infotainment served up much like “sloppin’ the hogs.” I declare, you betcha, gosh golly, darn right, damn tootin,’ Her Silliness will be a resounding success, the pig pucky will fly and Silly Sarah will make her fortune. It must be just what God intended.

It’s just like my neighbor says, “Who knows what goes on in the minds of baboons?”

Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. This is not a way of life at all in any true sense. Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

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1 comment:

Bubblehead said...

Darn. I was hoping to see something on Scott Ritter.