Montana on fire
It seems to me that by now almost everyone in this country knows someone who has been personally impacted by Hurricane Harvey, will be hit by Hurricane Irma or is being affected by the horrendous fires devouring several of our nation’s western states.
These natural disasters have, are and will be affecting millions of our fellow countrymen and women.
So, what did I see first thing on the nightly news last evening and this morning. Not hurricanes, not fires, not even North Korea and their latest nuclear missile, DACA…a program that effects less than a million people and that will not be ended for another six months.
Oh, I saw lots of people marching expressing their ire against President Trump…yet again. Which made me wonder if I am the only person who is becoming totally numb to these protests? Yes, I get it already, Trump can do nothing right. But, I’ll tell you, I am much less fearful of a leader in whom the media finds only fault, than in one that can do no wrong. Just for the record though, under our Constitution, only Congress can make law, not this president or any other.
On the bright side at least these protesters are getting some exercise, however I think they could all benefit greatly from a reading of the children’s story, Peter the Wolf. It is a Russian story so conspiracy theorists beware!
Then, to escape the mainstream media, as I do everyday, I went online to look at several different media outlets and saw this story about a 10-year-old girl and her donation of 167 pairs of her own shoes to hurricane victims in Texas. I went to public school, so I did the math. In my head. That is 16.7 pairs of shoes a year. That’s a lot of shoes. An impressive amount of shoes for any child to be sure.
Now don’t get me wrong, I think it is wonderful that this little girl is pitching in to help with storm relief. It’s with her parents and the media I have issues.
How is this, in any way shape or form news! Especially, for a national news outlet? What is the media’s news story prioritization process? What must this process look like?
I can just picture their newsroom meeting. The beast in charge summarizes, “Well on today’s docket we have two major hurricanes—Irma could be the biggest and deadliest ever; DACA is on a six-month hold in hopes that Congress will get its act together and do the right thing to give these folks some permanent peace of mind in law; the North Korean nuclear threat is increasing by the day; Montana is on fire; well, actually many of our nation’s western states are fighting out of control fires; oh, and this cute little girl in Georgia is giving away 167 pairs of shoes that she’ll never wear again or put on any of her future children to hurricane victims.”
There is quiet in the room. Only soft breathing, and the occasional slap to an overly inquisitive hand is heard, as the powers that be mull over their news story choices and mentally wrestle with the importance of their weighty decision. Quickly, they individually conclude that the hand slapper just lost her promotion. Eventually, their eyes light up as they realize which story is most important to the viewing public. Then, in unison they all jump to their feet and yell, “Go with the shoes!”
I must say about our media as General James L. Kemper said about General George Picket in the movie Gettysbury, “Well, I got to hand it to you, George. You sure got a talent for trivializing the momentous and complicating the obvious. You ever consider running for Congress?