Angels and Demons of the Media

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The last week or so has brought both the best (angels) and worst (demons) of media that I have ever seen.  Some went way under the radar hoping not to be seen, others exploded everywhere.  This short post describes the ones that caught my eye in the past couple weeks:

  • Angel:  WGME 13 of Portland Maine reports of a bad Santa at the Maine Mall, who is rude to kids.  He gets fired and a new Santa gets hired about a day later.  You almost gotta love that story.
  • Demon:  Same TV channel issues report on woman who gets $100,000 in discrimination lawsuit.  I discuss this more in my blog right here.  Unfortunately, the station failed to mention that the woman was doing a return, which creates a different scenario than just making a purchase.  Intentional or not is unknown but it made this “feel good” story downright sickening and scamming.
  • Angel:  FOX News reports on the violence in Michigan at the State House over Right to Work law.  The scuffle even involved a FOX News reporter.
  • Demon:   Every other TV network ignored the actual violent actions happening in the State House.
  • Demon:  Radio prank to hospital where Kate Middleton was staying causes nurse to commit suicide a couple of days later.  The radio station where this happened suspended the radio personalities involved and they have apologized for their actions.
  • Angel:  There is no angel in pranking.  It is bad no matter what especially when tragedy strikes.  Why do people think that making people angry is a happy thing to do?  I don’t think it is at all funny.

So overall, the demons won over the angels in the media in the past week.  This means that the media does more bad than good at least this week.

 

Strike or Riot – Not Good for U.S. Either Way

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Last week brought discourse in this country and across the world.

Sadly, the world is rioting over presumably a film trailer on YouTube that portrays Mohammed in a bad way.  To make matters worse, the White House has requested that Google remove the offending video from their site and have refused to do so.  Since when is it ok for a  company to refuse what the White House requested.  Certainly Google thinks its large enough to do whatever it wants and won’t have the government tell them otherwise.  However, Google should comply just for the sake of the lives lost and to prevent more lost.  Apparently, Google thinks their own way and thus don’t care about society or what anybody else thinks.  This is one of those incidents where a company is way too big for its britches.

On the other hand, in Chicago, other rich fat cats namely the teachers’ union are demanding even more pay and wants to eliminate merit evaluations.  The problem with this is that all these teachers want their big money with NO accountability.  Since when is it ok to work at a job and suck at it and take home over $70,000 a year.  To add insult to injury is that many of these same people are probably building up a huge pension which will probably bankrupt the city.  Other towns have already claimed bankruptcy, why not Chicago?  The lack of accountability just proves just how bad unions have taken advantage of cities.  I say fire these teachers and hire those that have been unemployed for a long time in the state.  Certainly, they may work for a lot less and may not even be unionized.

It should be obvious that both local and national government is now out of hand.  Cities can’t control the citizens of their areas and U.S. embassies are being attacked without any help from the countries in which they are located.  Is there a solution to any of this?  Honestly, yes.  It is the squashing of unions and big businesses.  Ironically, these are also the two major groups behind most political Super PAC groups.  Coincidence, I really doubt it.  Maybe all this is to undermine the Democratic Presidency and Democrats in general.  We will know in a few short weeks if all this was successful.