I’m not saying that I missed a particular broadcast. I’m saying I miss the news all the time, the real news. I miss reporters simply telling us what is going on. I miss the truth. I miss finding out what, when, who, why and how. My last holdout was CNN Headline News, which recently became HLN “News and Views.” I DON’T WANT VIEWS.
Why is there any such thing as liberal or conservative media? That’s how divided we are in this country. I wrote back in 2008 that was no longer a middle. There used to be a few left wing liberals, a few right wing conservatives, but the majority of the country was somewhere politically nearer the center. Today there is no middle; there are no shades of grey. Each bill introduced in Congress must either be handed down from heaven itself, authored by the hand of God, or else it is straight from the pits of hell. The government cannot simply go about their business; on a daily basis we are being taken over by communists, the president is a socialist dictator, or whatever the daily crisis is. We as a nation are politically divided, and continue to elect a Congress that is split almost 50/50 right down the middle. In 2008, upset over a failing economy and 2 foreign wars, Americans elected a Democratic House and Senate, while at the same time putting a Democratic president in office. Read me carefully; it doesn’t matter who the president is, nor what you think about him. My point is, not quite 2 years have passed, we are still in 2 foreign wars, the economy has improved only marginally, prisoners are still held in Guantanamo, and the Congress will change in November. Just like the Republican backlash of 1994, the same is expected to happen again. Blame any particular politician or party you like, but the problem is us. We the American people take our politics strongly one way or the other, with no compromise. Bush’s approval rating was through the roof in the days following 9/11 when he declared war on the “evil doers,” but just 12 months later the vast majority of Americans said we had no busy being there. How quickly we forget.
I have wrestled hard with this question: is the media the cause or the result? Media responds to trends. When Friends became the most watched sitcom in 1994, half a dozen shows came out in the fall of ’95 that looked just like it. When CSI became a hit just a few years ago, CBS made it a franchise and other networks tried to duplicate their own versions. Each cable news channel, and network news is not exempt, are bidding to offer viewers more of what they like. I think we have become gluttons on news commentary. The minefield of news channels, commentary, and political analysts may be the logical conclusion to what guys like Larry King and Rush Limbaugh started 15 or 20 years ago.
I watched comedians, news anchors, the fake news (John Stewart, Weekend Update) rake Bush across the coals for stuttering and mispronouncing words in his speeches. He was make to look like a chimp wearing a suit and riding around in Air Force One. For nearly two years, Obama has been in the White House, accused by Republicans of not being American, secretly acting in favor of Muslims, cancelling the National Day of Prayer, being a communist and a socialist, and the list goes on. Is turnabout fair play? Neither a complete idiotic moron nor a Muslim born in Kenya becomes the president of the United States. We say these things until we believe them.
Before you copy and paste your next Facebook status, take 2 minutes on Google or Snopes.com and see how much truth is in it. When Christians repeat lies about the president, even the one you think is a liberal leaning socialist, they are still lies. Doing the wrong thing for the right reason is still the wrong thing. What we need right now in our nation is less sign carrying and more talking to each other. We need less talking and more listening. We need to listen carefully and respond to the words actually spoken, rather than waiting for our turn to speak.
Also, I miss the news.