April 29th, 2009

Nearly Three In Ten...

 Normally, I'm not particularly sensitive to media bias, but the following headline really amused me:

Nearly Three In Ten Say Fox Is Too Tough On Obama
Really, guys, 'nearly three"? Isn't that, like: 2? Or 2 1/2? Or even 2 3/4?  Shouldn't that have read:

Less Than Three In Ten Say Fox Is Too Tough On Obama

I have a friend who used to do a lot of media interviews. She reports that 90% of the papers and TV networks she dealt with just published her press release. They did not do any reporting or check facts. They just published what she sent them. She no longer trusts the news because she feels they are doing this all the time -- just publishing the propaganda of anyone who sends them stuff. This is not a matter of political bias, according to her, but of laziness.

There were two exceptions:

CNN -- According to my friend, CNN was much, much worse. They would come having already decided what they wanted her to say. They would ask her "Do you believe XYZ?" If she said no, they would re ask the question in a dozen different ways. If she said, "I do not agree with XYZ" They would only use the part where she said XYZ and not the part where she disagreed.

The Christian Science Monitor -- my friend reported that the Monitor had old fashion reporting. The reporter asked, questions, had an open mind, and wrote a real article...basically did what we expect reporters to do.

Kind of scary, really.

"I miss him so much!"

Some of you may remember the antics of Arko, Juss's invisible brother who popped out on Noah's Ark. Juss had dozens of invisible brothers, but none of them have been as omnipresent as Arko. Many of Arko's adventures and sayings appeared on this blog, including Arko's Ten Commandments.

Tonight, Juss cried for twenty minutes--not fake crying, but real wracking tears-- because he can't talk to Arko any more. Arko lives in the same house, Juss reports, but he no longer had time to talk to him. (I think this was Juss who no longer had time to talk to Arko.) He cried that Arko had been such a good friend, and said over and over that he missed him.

I love Arko, too. For years, I've been talking about how much I would miss him when he was finally gone. I haven't cried yet, but it's a close thing. My shirt is still all wet from Juss's tears.