Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Sometimes the News Gets Hideously Boring

Sometimes the news gets hideously boring.

It isn’t always the actual stories’ fault though; sometimes it’s the way they’re told, like something fairly obvious is supposed to be shocking or something mind-numbingly dull is supposed to be interesting.

In other words, it’s oftentimes the reporters’ and writers’ fault.

For example, a man guns down three young children at a Jewish school in France, recording the whole thing as he does, and we’re supposed to be surprised when the main suspect is a Muslim?

Oh, we’re supposed to say, it could have been anybody!

Except that common sense seemed to indicate otherwise.

Now if the crime scene was a shopping mall or a corporate building, Muslim extremists shouldn’t be at the automatic top of the suspect list. But a Jewish school? You don’t need to be a world-class criminal profiler to form a logical theory right from the get go.

Then there’s the completely unrelated and yet still eye-roll-inducing brouhaha over Robert De Niro’s scheduled appearance at an Obama fundraiser, which featured First Lady Michelle Obama. Before the President’s wife took the stage, De Niro allegedly asked the gathered group if they really thought “our country is ready for a white first lady? Too soon, right?”

While Newt Gingrich jumped all over that, I frankly can’t say that I care much. Hollywood is filled with mindless nitwits who say completely inappropriate and inane things all the time. Why is this particular instance newsworthy, and why should I waste my time caring about any of the thoughtless and grotesquely uninformed opinions that come out of celebrities’ mouths on a regular basis?

The same rather goes for those people in the national press and abortion industry pretending outrage at what Idaho State Senator Chuck Winder, a Republican, said during closing testimony for a bill requiring ultrasounds before abortions.

“Rape and incest was used as a reason to oppose this. I would hope that when a woman goes into a physician with a rape issue, that that physician will indeed ask her about perhaps her marriage, was this pregnancy caused by normal relations in a marriage, or was it truly caused by a rape.”

Yes, his verbal grammar is rather annoying. And yes, he probably could have found a better way to phrase it. But the pro-abortion crowd has long played the rape/incest card to condone free and open baby-killing procedures for all, so his larger point is valid.

So considering the way the mainstream media isn’t point that out, it makes the news, once again, worth little more than a yawn.

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