Thursday, May 19, 2016

Beating The News To Death

The FDA guidelines for C8 in municipal water changed today. The water is the same water that local folks have been drinking for years, so the water hasn’t changed. However, a local mayor has water being shipped in by truck and by rail, the local health bureaucracy is involved, the National Guard is going to be involved, the local 911 center is involved, as is Homeland Security. You’d think we’d been hit by a Russian atomic bomb, all because a number changed on a piece of paper. Yes, precautions probably need to be taken, but if it ain’t killed anyone in ten years, it probably ain’t gonna kill anyone overnight. Let’s get real. Of course, our local pretend TV station spent most of the newscast this evening on this bit of non-news. I got up and found something else to do for a few minutes.

A few minutes later, the national news came on. An Egyptian airliner didn’t make it to its destination. It was probably bombed, but nobody knows. It could have been pilot error, but nobody knows. It could have been mechanical failure, but nobody knows. They’re pretty sure that it DID go down, but nobody knows. They haven’t found any trace of wreckage yet, or any signal from the black box, yet speculation is rampant. They drug out information from past crashes and bombings; they went over security measures; they told us one irrelevant thing after another. The bottom line, though, is that no-one knows nuthin’! Still, they went on and on with their non-news. Once again, I left the TV and found something else to do. I just wish they’d all shut the heck up until somebody knows something.

The bad thing is that both stations will continue beating these subjects to death for weeks UNTIL NO-ONE EVEN CARES! I wish someone would simply report the news and move on. © 2016


Sixbears said...

It's amazing how long they can talk and say so little. The worse bit is that there are real things they could be talking about, but then people might have to get off their couch and do something.

Gorges Smythe said...

I couldn't agree more, Sixbears.