Being in bed following a minor medical procedure yesterday brought me full frontal to the shenanigans playing out on the ‘news’ shows. Edited clips framed to curry favor depending on the audience is the rule. No longer can we – the consumer – decide whether a story is right or wrong without blatant editorializing. As Sammy Davis, Jr. aptly stated in reference to The Huntley–Brinkley Report, “My only contact with reality. Whatever I’m doing, I stop to watch these guys.” (Life magazine, 1964). Or as Warren Buffett writes in his recent letter, “… media reports sometimes highlight figures that unnecessarily frighten or encourage many readers or viewers.”
My contact with reality was found in the (probably edited) recitation by our president of the lyrics to a song in his speech to CPAC members.
“Oh shut up, silly woman,” said the reptile with a grin
You knew damn well I was a snake before you took me in
The Snake by Oscar Brown, Jr., 1963
Applause erupted, a pregnant pause ensued, before he mentioned the words “immigration”. I really thought he was referring to himself for a minute. But it does provide a decent lead into this weeks’ post.