Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Breaking or Broken News?

Walter Cronkite (Library of Congress)

The news has deteriorated so badly with the Biden presidency that the number of drivers falling asleep at the wheel has reached epidemic proportions. How many times can you hear an alert for “Breaking News” only to find that Joe Manchin doesn’t want to Build Back Better. Yes, it’s sad that Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie went missing, but what about all the native American women whose cases have never been solved? Oh for the Halycon days of the Trump presidency when each Tweet was a NoDoz. Unacceptable fiats were unleashed before opponents had a chance to respond. You may have been incredulous about the withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord or the Iran Nuclear Treaty, but you were still catching your breath when he mockingly intoned “Covid, Covid, Covid." Remember Kellyanne Conway (and her beleaguered anti-Trump  husband, George) and her successor Kayleigh McEnany one of whose last great acts was to produce a enormous loose-leaf of Trump’s proposed medical plan that essentially contained nothing? Now that's "breaking" if not “broken” news! There were so many memorable and newsworthy stories running through the Trump presidency. Remember bleach? Remember ending the restrictions on mercury, oil and natural gas development and the exploitation of park lands? And let’s not forget STOP THE STEAL, one of the hottest headlines of 2020? Talk about bubble bursting, throwing cold water or speeding up pulse rate—those were stories that brought up bile.

read "The Real Thing" by Francis Levy, HuffPost

and listen to "Love's in Need of Love Today" by Stevie Wonder and George Michael

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