By Bishop, Special Excentric Unlettered Sundowner
You can do anything you want as long as you don’t call it what it is.
— John Bernardy R.I.P.
It is safe to say that there have been eras when the news has been better. Hour after hour, the Big Media bombard us innocents with salvos of disheartening developments. Sometimes it seems as if they sound and read all the same, especially those items about rumors that the globe is allegedly warming.
Consider this one because its so typical of frantic left-wing media ranting. You see the lefties expect us to believe that thirty miles from the Arctic Circle, hunter Noah Metuq says the Arctic is changing. Its frozen grip is loosening; the people and animals that depend on its icy reign are experiencing a historic reshaping of their world.
Fish and wildlife are following the retreating ice caps northward. Polar bears are losing the floes they need for hunting. Seals, unable to find stable ice, are hauling up on islands to give birth. Robins and barn owls and hornets, previously unknown so far north, are arriving in Arctic villages.
How could that be? It’s the damn press again, charged an elderly gentleman sipping some wine at Troia’s, normally not a hotbed of civic action or intellectual disputatiousness. There’s no science to support any of that crap they print day after expletive deleted day.
Not faraway at Judi’s, that stronghold of culinary delight where locals flock to hide from endless waves of goat-ropers, (and various office seekers that go bump in the night) an even more elderly chap pontificated while ordering still another Gila Monster (recipe is secret): The Press, rhymes with mess, power without responsibility, the prerogative of the harlot throughout the ages, pinkos all, except for Cronkite. Why don’t they write the good news about Iraq?
Moving along, next came another morning when the quiet was interrupted by a newspaper flopping like a fish on my front porch; perhaps some good news hoped this wandering idealist.
Now we are expected to believe that Arizona’s nuclear plant is leaking tritium (don’t try it, even over ice) and that 60 % of the nations biggest factories and sewage plants have violated the Clean Water Act by spewing pollution into the nation’s rivers, lakes and bays.
When Congress passed the landmark Clean Water Act in 1972, it set the goal of making all U.S. waterways safe for fishing and swimming by 1983.Today, 39 percent of rivers, 46 percent of lakes, and 51 percent of estuaries have not met that goal.
When asked for a comment, an unindicted corporate topsider in D.C. snarled, You got nattering nabobs of negativism out there in Lu-Lu, Woo Woo land, too? All they want to write about back here is the debt, the deficit. Come the Rapture, it will all go away and we’ll all be in surplus when HE returns.
And I don’t think he meant Alan Greenspan, either.
Until then, however, left-wing reporters in D.C. don’t know where to start when it comes to writing about the national debt now $8 trillion and climbing or the enormous demands of Social Security and healthcare which are projected to be in the range (gulp) of between $30 and $40 trillion.
So they tell us that we are spending $300 billion a year to import oil; they tell is that the skirmish in Iraq now costs $8 billion a week; they tell us that the Big Oil companies are not drilling for big new fields because there aren’t any.
Why doesn’t the media just shut up and let the rest of us watch reruns of the Honeymooners and get fat and stupid? More than a century ago, Mark Twain summarized the issue succinctly: There are laws to protect the free of the press’s speech, but none that are worth anything to protect the people from the press.
Maybe Oscar Wilde put it even better when he said journalism is unreadable, and literature is not read.
Imagine that and he’d never been to Sedona.