Shoot the Media?

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Noozies have gotten thin-skinned lately, about not receiving the love and trust they feel entitled to. Now Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn has given them something more to cry about.

At a recent Special Operations Industry Conference, the mayor took part in a fictional demonstration of an incident requiring a special military operation. In the course of the drama, he wound up with a chance to handle a 50-caliber machine gun that fired blanks.

“And so the first place I point that gun is at the media,” Buckhorn said, adding that he enjoyed seeing the noozies “cry like little girls” (http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/timesnews/buckhorns-joke-about-pointing-machine-guns-at-media-draws-fire/2324553 ). Just kidding, he said.

Looks like the journalists’ habit of taking sides with left-wing statist big shots against the rest of us has kind of alienated them from our affections. And then they act surprised about it. We catch them colluding with Democrats, spreading fake news about conservatives, lying and cheating, shilling for fictitious Global Warming–and boo-hoo, those ungrateful peasants don’t love us anymore?

I do not actually advocate machine-gunning crowds of journalists. But letting them know we wouldn’t trust ’em anymore as far as we could throw ’em, and that we deeply resent their trying to do a fundamental transformation of America into a coast-to-coast Democrat hellhole like Detroit, only bigger, much bigger–

Until you jokers clean up your act, we’re not listening. And if you learn something from the little scare that Mayor Buckhorn gave you, good for you.

About leeduigon

I have lived in Metuchen, NJ, all my life. I have been married to my wife Patricia since 1977. I am a former newspaper editor and reporter. I was also the owner-operator of my own small business for several years. I wrote various novels and short stories published during 1980s and 1990s. I am a long-time student of judo and Japanese swordsmanship (kenjutsu). I also play chess, basketball, and military and sports simulations. View all posts by leeduigon

10 responses to “Shoot the Media?

  • UnKnowable

    I can think of something much worse than pointing a gun at the media, and it’s 100% legal. If we refuse to watch their TV shows, listen to them on the radio, buy their printed output, etc. they will cease to exist very quickly.

    Why are there outrageous tabloids at the checkout of the supermarket? Because people buy them; it’s that simple. Why is there an out of control news media? Because people are still consuming their product; it’s that simple.

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    • leeduigon

      In fact, newspaper sales and TV news viewership are both way down–as they deserve to be.
      And it’s a bad thing that we citizens are left without a reliable source of information on current events.

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  • Erlene

    I’m with you, UnKnowable; all the way. It is exactly what I do. I haven’t watched a “news program” in quite some time now. Occasionally, as I am working in the kitchen, I am forced to hear some of the clowns’ babble, but I exit ASAP. They are the real “deplorables”; a disgrace to our nation.

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    • UnKnowable

      When they treat alcoholics, one effective strategy is to help them realize that they are drinking as a matter of choice. Where habits are concerned, sometimes the choice has become so automatic that it goes unnoticed.

      I would apply the same thing to television watching and, especially, the watching of television news. A striking number of people seem to think “it’s the news, I have to watch it”, but this is not the case. I haven’t watched TV news in a very long time, yet somehow I manage to survive.

      When I speak to people whom obtain their news strictly from TV I am usually appalled at the superficiality of their knowledge of world events. It would be interesting to poll random people at a shopping center and ask them about Assad, Abbas, Hisbollah, Hamas, Erdogan, etc. I doubt seriously that many people know the roles of most of these people.

      People talk about North Korea all the time, but how many of them know the history of it all. I doubt that many people today would be able to explain why there is a North and South Korea and the implications of this with regard to the current situation.

      TV news is entertainment, Show Business in action. It isn’t there to inform, it is there to draw an audience and nothing more. If pictures of Godzilla eating Tokyo would increase viewership, they would hurry to put that on the air and call it news.

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  • Linda Sorci

    There’s a reason all of television, including commercials, is called ‘programming’.

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    • UnKnowable

      Very true. Television sets the pace for all that happens while you are watching. People wait until commercials to leave the room, etc.

      Ultimately, having a continuous voice coming at you, with or without pictures, seems a far cry from the natural world. Some years back, I had a job that gave me a lot of time outdoors, some of it in farm/ranch country. There was a natural soundtrack, far different from the radio or television. Every sound meant something. Dogs would bark to alert their masters that someone was visiting. Farm animals would call when I walked by. Insects made their sounds, so did birds. The air was alive with sound, but it was never distracting.

      Perhaps even more importantly, the soundtrack of nature didn’t pause every few minutes for commercial advertisements. It tended to be geared to the sun, the weather and the moon.

      Believe me, I am anything but a hippy, but I have come to see the world system as very artificial and unnatural. We don’t need continuous music or narrative. We don’t need to be constantly interrupted by our smartphone or computer. I’m not about to adopt the doctrines of the Amish, but I wouldn’t mind at all living a simpler life and I think that they may have some very valid points in their approach.

      There have been numerous studies regarding the effects of artificial light on our bodies. Especially in the era of LED generated light, there seems to be a corollary between artificial light and sleep problems, and possibly mood disorders.

      In Genesis 1:16, it tells us “God made the two great lights, the greater light to govern the day, and the lesser light to govern the night; He made the stars also.” This was after He separated the waters into two expanses, which may refer to a canopy of water (or clear water vapor) surrounding the globe. Perhaps in that state, the full fury of the sun would be attenuated and the night may have been less dark.

      I once was out on a walk on a cloudy night near the new moon and got to experience total darkness when the power went out all over the region. While I was, perhaps, 100 yards from my home, it was quite frightening because I could literally see nothing whatsoever. A few lighting flashes in the clouds allowed me to move until I found some light from a nearby telephone system building with a battery backup powering an exterior nightlight. I don’t believe that God ever intended us to live with total darkness, even for one day per lunar cycle.

      Anyhow, the point is, I now see our modern world as being quite far from what God intended and look forward to the restitution of all things.

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      • Linda Sorci

        Amen!

        Once a few friends and I were taking a walk out in rural America – no street lights, and homes that were very far apart so that if anyone had a light on, it was too far away to benefit from. As it got dark, there were no lights – no moon either. We couldn’t even see our hands if we touched our noses 🙂 It was wonderful because we saw more stars than we had ever seen before. A truly spectacular sight!

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      • leeduigon

        That’s what I like about a heavy snow. It’s the only thing that can quiet down this neighborhood.

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  • UnKnowable

    Quiet and freedom from artificial light is almost unheard of for many in today’s world. To make matters worse, we now are forced by legislation to use forms of light which are much harsher than the yellow light from incandescent bulbs.

    Living in the desert, snow is a rarity and we never have a good, blanketing snow. Snow and greenery are two things I miss the most about the Rockies and the Midwest.

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