Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Get Your News Here

Today's Link
Elizabeth B Creativity

Today's Saying
Happiness is an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong. The amount of work is the same. ~Francesca Reigler

Today's Picture
Our Newest Dragon
If you read my blog yesterday you might have noticed that I get my news from ABC, CNN, and Fox. You might wonder why.
Well I goto ABC and sometimes CBS for the politically correct news. I can count on them supporting the administration most of the time. They report the world as seen through pretty much liberal glasses.
I goto CNN because they at least they try for some objectivity. They ask better questions. Point out things that ABC or CBS miss.
That leaves us with Fox. I don’t go to Fox for balanced news. I goto Fox because they represent a large , unreported, subculture in our country. They give us a glimpse into the world of the conservative. They report events and gatherings ignored by the others. They are biased but everybody knows what the bias is. It is not a deception. It is the way they see things.
One of our problems is that so many have chosen hatred over understanding.
If they are conservative they hate the “ liberal media” and love Fox for telling the truth.
If they are liberal they hate Fox and see it as a center for lies.
We live in a wonderful and diverse nation. Nothing is gained in such a nation by deciding one group is good and another bad. Much better if we try , at least, to understand each other.
Yes there are nasty conservatives. Yes there are dishonest liberals. But don’t take those and use them to attack an entire group. We have self righteousness and hatred down to a science.
I am thankful that we have such a wide spectrum of news on American TV. If we would look at it to try to understand those around us instead of being upset by the bias they all have we can be well served.

News from Pigeon Falls
The little town in my basement where the trains still run, dragons fly, and life is back to normal
Pigeon Falls yesterday got to see a giant wooly elephant floating over main street. It was an unbelievable sight by itself, on the ground, but in the air it was beyond unbelievable. It just hung there for an hour or so until the dragon came making its daily flight . The dragon seemed irritated by the elephant and hit it full force with its flame. Then according to the spectators the wooly elephant exploded. But what fell from the sky was just water.
At Nancy’s coffee shop, for the remainder of the day that’s all they talked about. It is amazing how that event grew in the telling. By the time Nancy closed up there was , according to the story, a great battle in the sky between the dragon and the wooly elephant. For a time it looked like the wooly elephant would win but then the dragon turned on the flame and the elephant exploded.
One of the two man teams trying to capture a wooly elephant reported seeing something equally strange. One of the giant blue jays flew over them and though they did nothing it seemed to explode and water fell from where it had been. Well! It looked like water.
This morning Tommy UK had a surprise visitor who suddenly appeared in Tommy’s room.

Wrap UP
It was a hard breathing day which meant hauling the oxygen tank around with me. I printed May's blogs out to send to Dawn. Betty went to Bible study. I visited most of my friend's links. Now I need a breathing treatment.



Blogger The Old Fart said...

Interesting Post Dr John, I don't watch the news much on TV. Usually get the news on the Radio. Only watch the news on TV if something big happened. Like to watch CNN for the breaking stuff.

As for my own news north of the 49th, I watch the CBC.

2:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wish happiness for everyone forever for always.

3:25 AM  
Blogger Nessa said...

I always prefer for people to say whatever they want. Then I have a glimpse of where they are coming from.

3:55 AM  
Blogger PS (PSanafter-thought) said...

I get most of my news from NPR and the local public radio station. On TV, mostly ABC and CNN. I think that ABC is getting more into entertainment news during what they call hard news time of day. I used to shun the more obviously biased stations because I'd think, "That's not really news." But lately, I find that on those stations, like you mentioned, at least you can gleen what is behind their thinking. It would be nice to find a solid conservative who isn't inflammatory and who does some actual research. With a few exceptions, the conservatives seem more over the top in their exaggerations and false accusations. I wonder how they can look in the mirror or maybe they really didn't have good history and civics classes in school. Ditto some specific liberals.

I had a class in 11th grade that taught us to find the biases in news and ads, and also to find false arguments. This was very worthwhile and should be a required class.

When these people, who spout whatever they think without considering the consequences, start seeming like they are putting TRUTH and COUNTRY above their own side's viewpoint, I'll have more respect for them.

6:01 AM  
Blogger Gattina said...

I can get CNN too and think they are quite objectif. When I was in Madison and saw the other TV channels I found them too politically influenced, and only very few news concerning the world.

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6:02 AM  
Blogger PS (PSanafter-thought) said...

I've heard that international CNN is way better than the USA version.

6:11 AM  
Blogger Melli said...

A NEW dragon! Oh boy!!! How are the others behaving toward him? Or is it a her? It's so hard to tell with dragons...

I have my own way of dealing with the media. I choose to ignore them all! Live my life in ignorant bliss! (I would watch the news if they would just stick to reporting the facts without all the DRAMA and keep opinion and conjecture out of it! The media can't even produce a weather report without DRAMA... much less report news!)

EW! Are they sURe it was just water? ICK! I'm staying OUT of Pigeon Falls for awhile... Wooly Mamoth body fluids are not MY cup o' tea! A surprise VISITOR for Tommy??? Is it Oops? Is it the MIB? Ohhhhhhh DO tell! WHO is it!? Now THIS is some exciting news!!!

6:25 AM  
Blogger anthonynorth said...

Bravo!! I couldn't agree with you more. In the UK, TV news is becoming terrible - BBC holds the political correctness agenda, and ITV adds big dollops of emotion and sensationalism. I'm not saying we shouldn't feel sorry for victims, but their suffering is not news. What this achieves is to make a population emotional, and that's how bad legislation is made.
As for me, I prefer the newspapers, and every day I read The Guardian and the Daily Mail, one the most left, the other the most right, and I usually form an opinion in the middle.

6:37 AM  
Blogger g-man said...

I hate Fox News...
Although I DO like and respect Greta.
Yin and Yang...

6:57 AM  
Anonymous Alice Audrey said...

Yes, we can make ourselves happy or sad regardless of what is going on, but if we insist on doing this when there is every reason to be sad or upset, we come off looking crazy.

6:57 AM  
Blogger Lou said...

I've started reading other countries newspapers online (Britian, Canada, Germany, Australia) It has been a real eye opener to see how other places report the news of the USA.

An interesting, thought provoking post.

8:20 AM  
Blogger Akelamalu said...

I tend to watch BBC news. :)

9:43 AM  
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10:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I cannot stand FOX...CNN is what I always have on

WOOT a new Dragon.

Wow...big goings on at Pigeon Falls. Where's the new sheriff? They need to get a hold on all of this :)

11:38 AM  
Blogger Jientje said...

It helps if you look at things from different perspectives. I'm a libra, it comes natural to me I think?

Loved today's saying. SO TRUE!!

2:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I get some of my news from Jon Stewart's "The Daily Show" -- humorous, yes, but often he does delve into some subjects that are missed by the headlines on msnbc.com or my local ABC news at 5am. For in-depth news, I turn on NPR.

There might be an elephant coming my way as I tap away at my keyboard. I'd better go check!

2:45 PM  
Blogger Peter (Worldman): said...

I am sure the "new" dragon will feel at home.

Except for CNN, I cannot capture the channels you mentionned. And I don't like CNN. To me, they are "empty" and "flat".

5:46 PM  
Blogger Robynn's Ravings said...

Very well said, Dr. John! Good prescription!

9:10 PM  
Blogger Cherie said...

Love the new dragon. Very cool. Will he be joining the guys over at the Dragon's Lair?

10:50 PM  
Blogger Noe Noe Girl...A Queen of all Trades. said...

Todays saying rocks!

4:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Liberal media" that is the big joke on us all" Msnbc, cnn, abc are all owned by corporations. Money is the main engine of the news. Corporations are naturally conservative. So are the stations. "The liberal media" is the big joke.
The sad thing is people get scared by the term "liberal media" and turn to Fox which is pretty much a republican propaganda machine. Sad thing is we are all poorly informed. Yes by cnn. abc, msnbc and such, more so by fox. These days if you really want to know whats going on in the world. You have to seek the knowledge out. too muich important information is left out. The real function of the term "liberal media" is to question info that isn't pushed through conservative sources. Fox news being the worst, wall street journal a more moderate version. It would be funny to believe these corporations were honestly trying to push "liberal" news on us. It is like we are complaing that we can't see, so we try to put more blindfolds over our eyes.

11:41 PM  

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