The mute button on my television remote is almost worn out, and it is the most important among the dozens of functions that this small device performs. Do we realize how far from any standard of reasonableness we have come in this country? I speak now of the rush to condemn certain actions.
Bad things happen in this world. Evil is still at work. People do terrible things, but does the President of the United States really have to comment on all of them? Why can’t the people of this nation be outraged enough at a desecration of something sacred without the help of the chief executive. Instead of counting the minutes between the event and the eventual statement, could we not use our time and efforts to lend some support to the victims. Perhaps we could have organized protests against the offenders, even if we have yet to find them. That would at least satisfy our propensity to protest things that portend whatever doomsday the protesters see on the horizon.
Perhaps the real news is not how long was it before the President said something official and talking heads analyzed its sufficiency; but the real news is what is happening to catch the offenders? Silly me—who wants to follow that story? Who is helping with restoration? Sorry, that will not pay the empaneled bank of consultants. How can the common person who wants to be something other than outraged, actually do something to help? C’mon, that’s a link on the website, not news. Who is already doing something to help that deserves some recognition? That surely won’t satisfy our appetite for criticism.
The 24-hour news cycle has created an epidemic of diarrhea of the mouth. There are no new facts or tangible information going into the system but there is no slowdown on the outward flow of blarney.
For now, it’s just the mute button. My next step will be to identify the sponsors of these broadcasts and boycott their products, and encourage others to do so. I hope I do not have to write the eulogy for the press that once understood its privileged standing in this nation. I am optimistic but not blind. We as a nation crave blame and vitriol more than truth. The media is simply our drug dealer.
How I long for that bygone day that when there was nothing more of substance to say, you stopped talking. You stopped talking! This small nugget of wisdom has surely been expunged from the journalism schools of our land.
Oh, how I long for the days of the test pattern that pronounced with certainty and even a little dignity that programming was completed for this day.
May God have mercy on our judgmental and cynical souls. Heal us!