Tuesday, July 30, 2013

OPINIONS ARE LIKE...........

A-- HOLES
Johann Wagener 7-30-13

Everybody has one. And, when it comes to cable "news" (I use the word loosely) it's a tsunami of BS that is constantly flowing over the airwaves; 24/7 of non-stop vomiting of trivia referred to as opinions coming from people referred to as "consultants" for who-ever -what-ever network will have them.

A-- HOLES
Johann Wagener 7-30-13

Everybody has one. And, when it comes to cable "news" (I use the word loosely) it's a tsunami of BS that is constantly flowing over the airwaves; 24/7 of non-stop vomiting of trivia referred to as opinions coming from people referred to as "consultants" for who-ever -what-ever network will have them.

A simple, insignificant event is transformed into a mega-spectacular. Facts are replaced with flowery rhetoric; much of which is completely out of context. And, all of that is ground up in commercials that flash in and out of the blabber-fests. This is a classic example of why "more is not better."

Real news, containing actual facts, is limited to a small island of publicly funded programs found only on PBS and sometimes mavericks like the BBC or Aljezeera.

Here's an example:

 http://www.salon.com/2013/07/30/10_worst_fox_news_interviews_of_the_decade/

If a single move could restore civility to politics, that is it. Get rid of the left-vs.-right commentators who are just out scoring points for their team. This sort of opinion-mongering is not only boring and predictable, it is destructive of the truth. If your only credentials are "GOP shill" or "Democratic hack," you've no business cluttering up the airwaves or the op-ed pages. My momma always told me that if you don't know what you're talking about, it's best to keep your mouth shut. That's good advice.

A simple, insignificant event is transformed into a mega-spectacular. Facts are replaced with flowery rhetoric; much of which is completely out of context. And, all of that is ground up in commercials that flash in and out of the blabber-fests. This is a classic example of why "more is not better."

Real news, containing actual facts, is limited to a small island of publicly funded programs found only on PBS and sometimes mavericks like the BBC or Aljezeera.

Spring cleaning -- 12 things the world should toss out (washingtonpost.com)

If a single move could restore civility to politics, that is it. Get rid of the left-vs.-right commentators who are just out scoring points for their team. This sort of opinion-mongering is not only boring and predictable, it is destructive of the truth. If your only credentials are "GOP shill" or "Democratic hack," you've no business cluttering up the airwaves or the op-ed pages. My momma always told me that if you don't know what you're talking about, it's best to keep your mouth shut. That's good advice.