Daily Archives: November 4th, 2011

The Fourth Estate (or Things I’d Love to Hear on the Evening News)

  1. P1140587 - WJLA News Team

    Image by scott*eric via Flickr

    “We may not be first with the story, but we were the first to get it right”.

  2. “The officers at the scene of the shooting were placed on administrative duty pending the outcome of an internal investigation. This is standard procedure in such cases and does not imply any wrongdoing on the part of the officers involved.”
  3. “We chose not to take our cameras to the alleged perpetrators home out of respect for the privacy of his family and neighbors.”

By the way, these are things I hate to see on he evening news.

  1. A reporter standing out in the middle of a hurricane.  The wind blows so loud that I can’t hear what you’re saying. I could get that it is windy and raining from a camera shot out of a window or other protected area. It just plain makes you look stupid.
  2. A reporter getting into someone’s face. Yes, exposing evildoers is a good thing, but by shoving a mike in their face or shouting questions through a closed-door you actually make them seem sympathetic. And again, it makes you look stupid.
  3. The same irrelevant file photos played over and over again.

Why This, Why Now

I admit it. I’m a news junkie. National, local, paper, internet, TV.  I could spend hours watching, reading, researching. The more I learn the more sure I am about one thing. Extremism is the most dangerous threat to our way of life.   Left, Right, Conservative, or Liberal, Republican, or Democrat, Tea Party, or Occupier. We seem to be as divided a nation now as we were in the period leading up to the Civil War. As we, as a people become more polarized, common sense and reason have taken a back seat to emotion, and group hysteria. Many people want change, any change, and others are mired in an inaccurate nostalgia for “the way things used to be”. Thus the need for this blog. I hope to impart some “real life” wisdom born from the experiences of someone who knows what it’s like to live paycheck to paycheck, and understands the necessity of making meaningful sacrifices for children, marriage, and country. Here I will speak my mind. I will offend or anger some, but I hope that many more will be inspired and encouraged to make a difference in their corner of the world.

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