June 11, 2004

Okay, Patriotic Break's Over, Everybody Back to Prison

IT SEEMS LIKE ONLY YESTERDAY DAN RATHER AND HIS ILK were whining about the overbearing coverage of Ronald Reagan. Wait a minute, it was yesterday. But now it seems we can get back to our media's regularly scheduled fornication festival -- "What Makes America Rotten!"

Today's hot, steaming helping "the badness that is our country" comes to you via the Washington Posts' front page. It's about dogs and the fact that they are scary. Who knew? And 'authorized' scary dogs at that: Use of Dogs to Scare Prisoners Was Authorized (washingtonpost.com). (Where's the author of "No Bad Dogs" when terrorists need him, I ask you?)

I'm really pleased to see that the Post and other major media have not been taken too far off their game in the last week. So far I score it:

Major Media Attention on the Death of Ronald Reagan: 1 week.
Major Media Attention on scuzzy Iraq Prison Abuse: 6 weeks and counting.

It's nice to see that these guardians of "the truth," these "professionals," are continuing to pound the citizens of America over the head with their self-inflated poo-poo cushions without the least bit of shame. Yes, they've created a state with their unswerving devotion to the 'public's right to know, to know, to know, to know, to know,' in which we can all say "Two months ago I could not spell 'Abu Gharib,' now I are one."

It's already the case that the onanistic frenzy over Abu Gharib has reduced at least 60% of sentient Americans to the state of "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn." I wonder what the Las Vegas line is on when the media will so saturate the population that 100% would sooner fire one full clip from a nail gun into their foreheads than hear "Abu Gharib" one more time.

I know I've locked all my power tools up and mailed the key to my maiden aunt in Heaven.

Today's Pew Study on Public Attitudes Towards the Media pretty clearly shows that traditional media such as the Washington Post and the Network News are heading towards the boneyard of failed businesses at something approaching Warp One. I'm sure they're all sitting around wondering "Why?"

Nope. I take that back. It's 10 AM here. They're probably all ordering broiled fish, a small salad, and a daring wine spritzer at lunch on the expense account in Washington and New York just about now.

Posted by Vanderleun at June 11, 2004 9:48 AM
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Who knew! Scarry Dogs.

What's next?

Mean prison guards?

Posted by: Harry B. at June 11, 2004 12:59 PM

and comfy chairs

Posted by: Harvey at June 12, 2004 8:10 AM