Posted On: Monday - July 13th 2020 6:07PM MST
In Topics:   TV, aka Gov't Media  Media Stupidity  Healthcare Stupidity  Kung Flu Stupidity
It was supposed to be time for my next Morning Constitutional today, as I'd written on Saturday, but this latest piece of stupidity just threw me off my schedule. I've never been as pissed off about the Kung Flu panic-fest, even the first season, as I got from listening to just a 15 second snippet of the Infotainment this morning.
I'd thought that the amount of CNN penetration (yes, it's a kind of penetration) in the airport terminals had been decreased greatly over the last few years, due to both the fact that people are too busy on their phones to watch, and that many of the screens hanging down are used for displaying lists stand-by or 1st-class seating. Well, it's baaaackk! Perhaps due to the COVID, with still fewer people in the terminals (though increasing quickly), making it quieter, and different methods of seating people, CNN is around and penetrating their captive audience from behind. See, I moved far away from the screen to sit looking the other way for a few minutes, but the speakers are spread out to keep the sound loud enough to be difficult to get away from.
It was something like this: "Mr. Whomever, we have these new policies in place, but how many lives could have been saved if we'd done blah, blah, blah?" She brought up the over 135,000 number, of the people who are said to have died FROM(?) the COVID-19 over, what 4 months now. (Keep in mind that 700,000 or so Americans die in 4 months normally, and perhaps many of these people are dying a half-year earlier.) Mr. Whomever hemmed and hawed, and the the lady repeated this, like she was just outraged.
I'm sure the TV lady was outraged. With a lack of perspective* that might lead one to ponder "well, lots of people die of all sorts of things, and we donate to the Heart Association, we support medical science, there are safety people of all sorts in all industries working to prevent needless deaths, and we never talked about needless deaths during other flu seasons", sure, one might be outraged. Do talking heads go on and debate or berate the "black community" for continuing to serve and eat the most heart-unhealthy foods in the country? How many needless deaths have there been? Do talking heads freak out about the slow progress in cancer treatments or how many people visit tanning beds? How about diatribes and big loud discussions about diabetes, or high blood pressure? More people still die from these causes than the Kung Flu, here in the middle of this "pandemic".
The line between stupidity and evil is not always easy to determine. I lean very much toward the side of stupidity when it comes to the journalism "profession", though, from experience. These people are very, very stupid. This outrage was likely real, due to the woman's complete lack of perspective and the constant hype she's been receiving from her whole Infotainment world that she lives in.
It's very unfortunate that many Americans subject themselves to this idiocy from the Government Media Department. The reason I got so outraged myself today, is that I've really never heard any of this stuff off of the TV, as I simply haven't watched for 20 years. I tried to stay away from it, but it got me today, if only for those 15 seconds. It took that much time to realize what bullshit I was hearing and get out of range.
When I got to a part of my job that requires the wearing of a mask since this re-Panic, I refused to wear it. I'd just had it, and I'm just glad nobody confronted me about it. Keep yourself away from the TV as much as possible, readers, it's a non-silent killer ... of intelligence.
* See also "Perspective vs. Hysteria"