freedom of the press

You know in the USA we have freedom of the press, right? That freedom is still enshrined in law (de jure) rather than existing in reality (de facto). What do those strange "de" words mean? lol.

This week I was once again eating breakfast in McDonalds before going in for an early shift at work. The TV in the dining room was roaring away on Fox News, as they all are everywhere. I didn't even have to look at the screen. I could tell by the strident, whiny, high-pitched voices coming from the speakers that it was Fox. To be "fair and balanced" to Fox, I should say that every single major network is much the same.

As usual, after some provocative point was shouted out, somebody near me gets my attention and grunts, "It'n that right, bud?" I guess fantasy living craves approval.

I wanted to say in reply, "Don't believe a f*****g word that comes out of that GD television, not a single word." As usual, I just glared at the person for a second and kept on eating. I'm not up for discussion or confrontation at 5:30AM with mere minutes to go before I have to be at work.

I recently ran across a paragraph that summarizes our freedom of the press with such economy of words, that I think it would be nice to convert it into metered verse or a song:

"If you truly are a person seeking objective information about crises in the Middle East, I really wouldn’t recommend that you read or watch the major U.S. news media. The truth is the journalists all know where their bread is buttered and are acting accordingly. A reporter would have to be a masochist or someone inviting career suicide to write or say anything against the “tough-guy” conventional wisdom."

Robert Parry hits the nail on the head once again. Source article.

3 responses to “freedom of the press

  1. garlingmatthews

    Yes. It's hard to be critical when one is wading in shit.

  2. Originally posted by garlingmatthews:

    Yes. It's hard to be critical when one is wading in shit.

    Lol. Rather well said.

  3. Originally posted by slackwrdave:

    I wanted to say in reply, "Don't believe a f*****g word that comes out of that GD television, not a single word."

    I'm imagining you saying that…and the ensuing bar-room, er…sorry, McDonalds restaurant brawl. :whistle:

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