Say the words, the old white man with the chip on his shoulder. It rolls off the tongue like classical literature, something reminiscent of The Old Man and the Sea. And like the Hemingway story, the tale of the Bill O’Reilly, Roger Ailes and Fox News decades-long partnership could endure in similar fashion except it would evoke dark images of reprisal, corruption, bitterness and jealousy.
That’s because the main thing the newsman has wrought upon us, his biggest contribution to society left in his wake is his counterculture, dismissive and hateful viewpoint, fed to us in the guise of no-spin, no bull shit discussion.
As reported in Media Matters, “Fox News Bill O’Reilly has helped set the bar for the normalization and dissemination of right-wing hatred…” And, it’s that same coziness with the alt-right that now threatens to bring everything crashing to the ground. The problem is Ailes, O’Reilly and others still at Fox forgot something about the hateful demographic they were trying to invigorate and seeking to control; and that is that it will get under your skin and become a part of you. Continue reading
Hello everyone. Here we are on April Fool’s Day, a day of pranks and misdirection and that might be more appropriate than you’d first think..
It’s only been less than two-thirds of the way towards the first 100 days of the Trump Administration and the news stories just keep on coming. Tell me, how are you all keeping up? There’s so much to choose from and every one of them is seemingly so relevant and sensational. It’s the epitome of “for real” reality TV. My concern is that a lot of them might be nothing more than smoke screens.
It’s not to say that these accounts aren’t significant or newsworthy; they are. But it’s occurred to me that maybe we ‘prioritize’ the news to get to the nitty-gritty. That’s the challenge; so, what pray tell is the nitty-gritty? Continue reading
Do you ever ask yourself what is it that’s driving all that’s happening in the country right now? The honeymoon is over but like many married couples, the parties’ involved-voters and Republican leadership-seem to be stuck on staying together despite all indications that they should part ways immediately. It’s like the man that cheats on a beautiful woman who constantly forgives him and even worse, loves him deeply still. You ask yourself; how can that be so? I think the overriding factor that’s driving this particular illusion of satisfaction, complacency and success is nothing more than denial and we’ll continue to be under its influence until the nation’s Republican voters draw some hard conclusions. Continue reading
One of the rules of thumb for bloggers is, don’t be cute; especially when it comes to creating a title. Although I was listening, I have to confess my recalcitrant disinclination to follow the pro’s advice. What can I say; whimsy gets the better of me. Except, in this case I do have a point to make. In this case, the cows are the illegal immigration argument that has been so prevalent for these past two administrations, all the way back to George W. Bush. And now, many will reap what was sewn by that stance as the cows come back home to the barn where the law, as imperfect, unforgiving and unbalanced it is, resides. And from here on, there could be many more a broken heart. Continue reading