We’ve all seen the news. Or, as it should be called, the shifting sands of opinion. Everything looks pretty bad from the comfort of our reclining chairs in front of our entertainment systems and laptops. News Opinionators disagree and then have shouting matches around a cozy table with coffee mugs at hand, until the camera cuts away for a commercial about Google Home, a device that listens to everything you say, and unlike your spouse, even responds.
Does anyone else feel as though they’ve fallen into a black and white scifi movie? The end of all things as we know it. People shouting in the gray streets, “we’re doomed!” while the rest of society lives in oblivion in their bubbles of ignorance surrounded by giant screens that turn on as they move from room to room telling them what they should believe.
On the bright side, unless its been cancelled, there is that Facebook show with Mike Rowe called, Returning the Favor, where he goes around the country looking for people giving back to their communities in a special way. It’s a great, uplifting production that focuses on the good people do for others. Running a soup kitchen, fixing and giving away cars, helping veterans, etc. Sort of like living out those words that President John F Kennedy spoke so many years ago. “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can….” Oh, never mind. That history has probably been rewritten.
Of course, the shouting heads don’t want to find such stories. They’re too busy pointing fingers at people with differing viewpoints and calling names, all while copy and pasting their next story from the pre-approved alternative lifestyle political nonsense forum. It’s how they make their big salaries. American propaganda is at an all time high. But we’re too busy checking social media threads of insanity to notice.
It would be nice to hear good news once in a while. Something to start our day with a smile instead of a grimace. I’m sure the police have helped many more people than they’ve shot, but those feel good stories rarely reach us, because heaven-forbid we give the men and women in blue a pat on the back for serving our communities! It’s much easier to get eyes on a headline that accuses someone without first proving the facts. And then dropping it without explanation when it turns out to be completely skewed. The television equivalent of newspapers hiding apologies for their mistakes on the back page. In real journalism, fact checking isn’t just for typos.
Sadly, journalists have gone the way of the Dodo. Now they just throw out some accusations and move on to the next hot topic like a bunch of brainless twits on a morning talk show.
On the other hand, if some big Hollywood star is caught cheating on their taxes, hiring illegals for cheap labor, getting arrested on drug charges, lewd behavior, or messing around with their best friend’s wife and/or husband, the unbiased media chooses to focus on what an awesome, caring individual they are because they profess to love dogs and adopt an anorexic Pug from a shelter.
Now that’s newsworthy! Feel good right there.