Good Media, Bad Media

Positive: I was listening to NPR this morning, a segment featuring a man who just wrote a book about the Colorado River and the serious situation with water’s future there and elsewhere.  Suddenly the hostess mentioned the author having written a piece for Golf Digest in 2011 (I think it was) about Donald Trump; she used this as a springboard to launch into a series of questions designed to belittle President Trump.  But the writer, David Owen, didn’t play her game.  Much of what he said about Trump was upbeat and positive, though he was not a Pollyanna, allowing a not-so-flattering remark or two.  In other words, he was honest and journalistic.  (Unlike the NPR hostess, Terry Gross.)  It was really cool, and from a golf writer no less!  (Apparently, he is a guest editor at Golf Digest.)

Here’s David Owen’s website.  You can read more about his book there.  I plan to buy and read it.  (As soon as I finish the little beach read I’m currently working on, James Joyce’s Ulysses.)

Negative: I had on CNN.  I saw the White House press secretary make a statement.  It started at 24 minutes after the hour.  I noted the time because it was a late start.  At 16 minutes after the next hour, CNN re-ran video of it, with the heading “Moments Ago.”  Now, CNN is a network that can’t use the word “liar” often enough when it comes to President Trump.  But calling 52 minutes “moments ago” is not an attempt to misleadingly lend immediacy to old news, I guess.  Which leads to an accompanying observation.

The U.S. just dropped the “Mother Of All Bombs” on an ISIS hideaway.  The CNN anchors went on and on (and on and on) about how that was totally in conflict with what Trump said during the campaign.  Except… anyone who paid any attention to Trump’s campaign whatsoever would know Trump said, rather crudely, that he planned to “bomb the shit out of ISIS.”  Now, I’ll leave it to others to debate what he should or should not do, but claiming an inconsistency between “I will bomb the shit our of ISIS” and dropping the Mother Of All Bombs on ISIS…  well, that shows a complete absence of intellect on the part of the CNN talking heads.

If there’s anything I can’t stand it is stupidity masquerading as intelligence, and, sadly, that’s all the rage in the U.S. these days.

So, allot your time wisely.  Skip cable news, and go read David Owen’s “Where the Water Goes: Life and Death Along the Colorado River.”

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2 Responses to Good Media, Bad Media

  1. ThreeWiggleExpert says:

    I’m sure you agree that the common person is pretty easily manipulated. So, with that in mind, it’s not really surprising to see the media try to spin something Trump said. I mean, he’s said so many things that there’s a pretty long list of comments that could probably be used out of context to shed a negative light. But, of course, like you said, there’s always that “bomb the shit out of ISIS” that would seem to trump everything else in this case.

    • lannyh says:

      I agree, with every word you wrote.

      I read an article a few years back which discussed the objectives of those peddling news. One rule was to create conflict in a story; another was to attach personalities. So rather than try to cover the ins-and-outs, the pros-and-cons of dealing with, say, the water crisis, we get names representing a side who attack and defend against names on the other side. Like: “Wilson Calls Smith Plan ‘Stupid’.” People have already learned to love Wilson and despise Smith, or vice versa, and eat that stuff up.

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