Tuesday, April 15, 2014



It's dinner time. A brief break from a hectic day and time to catch up on the news.

I flip to ABC Evening News with Diane Sawyer. Not Walter Cronkite, but at least she's coherent and focused and tends to stay on topic.

At least until the first commercial, and then, the next, and then the next; at least 3 minutes of commercials for 5 minutes of news.

That in itself is bad enough because it's almost impossible to focus on news events when there's a constant stream of interruptions from spokespeople hawking goods for companies that sponsor (buy) the news.

This is where things begin to become surreal; so much so, that if you have kids at the table you need to turn off the TV or expect the giggling to start.

There's usually a string of them; 2 or 3 sandwiched in between 5 minute spurts of news.

They literally cover a list of topics that you wouldn't expect to come up during "family dinner time."

* Flaccid penises usually get the most air time where you watch slightly middle aged couples hinting around about the "right time" though not sure for what because some of them end up in separate tubs in their backyards. The caveat that stands (excuse the pun) out the most is the "4 hour erection" not to discount suicidal thoughts and diarrhea but which at least don't require a 911 call.

A little bit of news and then;

* A female narrator starts off on a long discourse about "dry vagina's" and how painful it is to have intercourse during the "right time" window. That's usually interlaced with lot's of information about horrific side effects that sound like a complete turn-off to anyone the least bit interested in sex.

A little more news and then;

A young man complaining about a "brick pile-up" in his intestines which is much more graphic than anyone needs in describing constipation.

I often wonder what Diane is doing when they flip over to one of these.

What happens to common sense or even just a little consideration for families trying to have dinner?

Why is news not just a commercial free public service rather than an infomercial?

More important. Are Americans so uninformed and naive that they need to be bombarded daily
with commercials vividly describing flaccid penises, dry vagina's, and brick filled intestines rather than just being told to call their doctor if they have a medical problem?

I'm just asking.