Remember the Peter Finch character in the movie "Network"? You know, the guy who 'loses it', and rightfully so, and declares " I'm mad as hell and not gonna take it anymore ?" Well, this baby boomer has reached the end of my rope as well. I mean, I literally cannot channel surf on that boob-tube without realizing that this whole country is mesmerized by ' bull ' thrown at us via the mainstream media!
Before I get into what they call The News , let's get into something I have loved since being a five year old playing on Roy Edelstein's perfect baseball diamond stoop : Sports. In the 'good old days' of the 50s, 60s and even 70s you could turn on the sports-talk shows on the boob-tube or radio and hear rational and intelligent discussion concerning the strategy of the game, whether it be baseball, football, basketball or hockey. Callers would rant and rave about why the manager didn't call for a bunt, or use a certain relief pitcher, or why the football coach had them go for the first down instead of kicking the field goal. Guys at the candy store or luncheonette would argue about such things for literally hours !
Nowadays we get yuppie so called 'sports journalists' and ex-jocks spending most of their air time talking about A) contracts that this or that player is going to get or got, or B) who is the ' BEST ' in the game. Their appeal is to the immature and juvenile viewers or listeners, and I say who the hell gives a sh*t? Now, if that is what most of their air time involves, we can always be assured that the rest of the time will be spent on stupid 'locker room humor' replete with that inane goofy laughter. They call this all 'SPORTS TALK'.
If you want a more cerebral way to enjoy the airwaves, then you can go to the so called ' News Talk Shows' or actual (what they define as) ' News Shows'. What you actually get is either some young 'Cookie Cutter' attractive male or female model (a.k.a. journalist) who has been indoctrinated with the mindset that ' Amerika' is either Republican or Democrat, or 'Red State or Blue State' . Any other point of view or political understanding is out of bounds! This time around it is either 'Trump or Clinton' for all us minions out there.
Since Trump makes good news copy, I wager that you cannot stay on any so-called 'News Channels' (CNN, MSNBC, Fox to name a few) without hearing the name ' TRUMP ' at least every one or two minutes. The issues these channels cover are always the hot button ones about gay marriage, gun control, immigration etc... And 'NEVER' what working stiffs need to be informed about: insufficient health and dental coverage, our bloated military spending and phony wars, our becoming a ' Part Time' work society with ' NO ' benefits etc.
Question: When did any of you out there last see or hear a show about those three aforementioned issues? How many of you have been financially 'wounded ' by poor health or dental coverage? How many of you out there even realize that over HALF ofdiscretionary federal government spending , your tax dollars goes for military spending? ' OVER HALF'. How many of you have jobs that are technically ' PART TIME with little or no benefits? The boob-tube and radio waves will ' NEVER ' inform or allow debate on those things.
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