Those pesky facts

I don’t know whether to laugh or to cry right now. I’ve haven’t been a fan of main stream media for a long time. Oh, there are still some good reporters out there but they are being silenced more and more, especially on the national level, by corporate offices more concerned with their own political agendas than they are about reporting the facts. That bias has been ringing loud and clear over the last couple of days. All you have to do is look at the coverage of Wolff’s book, Fire and Fury, or NBC’s tweet, now deleted, supporting Oprah as “Our Future President.

Now, NBC is facing a great deal of backlash for the above tweet and, as noted, it has been taken down. But, as you know, the Internet is forever. How much do you want to bet that if anyone is held responsible for this going out, it will be some poor intern or low level employee who, if the truth were known, was only doing what they’d been told. Sure, they might not have been specifically instructed to phrase the tweet that way but they knew their job was to do whatever they could to push the liberal agenda to find someone, anyone the American public could embrace as president? It didn’t matter who as long as it wasn’t Trump.

As for Fire and Fury, what can I say? The book is poorly edited, poorly proofread and poorly fact checked. There are a number of articles out there already about some of the problems. These problems range from having the wrong date — by years — for Speaker John Boehner’s retirement to talking about Steve Bannon’s “pubic” appearances instead of “public” appearances. After having read HRC’s book, What Happened,I felt sure there couldn’t be a book about the election that was more poorly written. After reading some of the excerpts, not to mention the introduction, to Fire and Fury, I was wrong. Whether I decide to go full snark on the book in a new series of posts waits to be seen. I’ve already told several of my friends that I would need help from them if I did — help not only to keep me from killing my liver, not to mention my brain, by reading the book but help snarking it. Yes, preliminary reviews — those coming from people who have actually read the book and taken time to check its so-called facts — are enough to tell me this isn’t something I want to tackle alone.

But this need to assassinate someone’s character simply because they don’t fit the accepted mold of political correctness isn’t limited to our political scene. The WorldCom ConCom has done their best, whether they meant to or not, to do so with author Jon del Arroz. There’s already been a lot written about it. I’ll simply refer you to Jason Cordova’s post about it over at Mad Genius Club.

The last bit of lunacy that I’ve dealt with this morning is a suggestion from a psychologist that we do away with “best friends” in our schools. You see, by having best friends, our children are being exclusive instead of inclusive and we are risking the emotional health and stability of our wee little ones. The recommendation for what should replace all those best friends are “close friends”. Of course, the author of the article that led to my post over at Victory Girls doesn’t seem to understand that “close friends” doesn’t stop the dreaded exclusivity she is so concerned about. It simply widens the circle a little. There will still be popular kids and cliques and outcasts, band geeks and jocks. You get the picture.

Hopefully, I can step away from the idiocy for a bit and get some fiction written. At least there, I’m sure I’ve done my homework and my facts have been checked.

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11 Comments

  1. Posted January 8, 2018 at 11:06 am | Permalink

    supporting Oprah as “Our Future President.”

    Well, from a certain perspective that makes sense. A rich celebrity from outside the Washington power structure beat the Democrats “chosen candidate”. Instead of figuring out and addressing why that celebrity won, they instead choose to answer with a celebrity of their own.

    Mind you, I didn’t say it was smart. I said it made sense from a certain perspective. 😉

    • Posted January 8, 2018 at 11:45 am | Permalink

      Oh, it does — up to a point. I’m at the point where I wonder why anyone pays any attention to the media or basically anything coming out of the People’s Republics of Cali or NY. Shrug

      • Posted January 8, 2018 at 4:02 pm | Permalink

        But they still think they are important. That’s the “certain perspective.”

  2. Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard
    Posted January 8, 2018 at 11:21 am | Permalink

    Maybe that person didn’t have any friends in school so wants to punish people who have friends. 🙁

    • Posted January 8, 2018 at 11:43 am | Permalink

      The scary part is, this is a movement not only here but in Europe as well and has been for several years. It ranks right up there with high schools not having class rankings because they don’t want any student feeling bad because they aren’t the best. Head, meet wall. Repeat.

      • Orvan Taurus
        Posted January 8, 2018 at 12:37 pm | Permalink

        “Misery loves company” and if it doesn’t get it, will do its damndest to make everyone at least equally miserable. Of course, some are even more miserable (Hello Victim Status!) than others.

        And now ox head hurt again.

        • Posted January 8, 2018 at 12:57 pm | Permalink

          I could make ox head hurt worse. I could except from Fire and Fury here. Bwahahahahaha.

  3. Orvan Taurus
    Posted January 8, 2018 at 12:39 pm | Permalink

    Careful there. Eventually (or perhaps already?) you’ll come across a book that needs more than fisking, but outright defusing.

    • Posted January 8, 2018 at 12:58 pm | Permalink

      This might be it. . .and I so do not want to consider that possibility.

      • o
        Posted January 8, 2018 at 1:57 pm | Permalink

        Perhaps read/watch DANGER! UXB first, if not for instruction, at least for a break?

      • Orvan Taurus
        Posted January 8, 2018 at 1:59 pm | Permalink

        Oops. Typos with hooves.
        Let’s try that again, with untruncated name:

        Perhaps read/watch DANGER! UXB first, if not for instruction, at least for a break?

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