The media sucks

I remember a few years ago, when Tony Snow left FOX News to take the job as the White House press secretary. I seem to recall nonstop criticism and snarky comments about how the Republican party was merging with FOX.  I recall all sorts of indignant panty twisting and panic attacks over this.

Well, where are all the complaints now that ABC is going to be doing a special infomercial pitching national health care from the White House?  It is ABC news, from the White House, with no dissenting view points at all, by Barack, for Barack, all about how totally awesome socialized healthcare is going to be, and how this is another massive crisis, that needs a 1,200 page law passed RIGHT NOW that costs over a trillion dollars, but there’s no time to, I don’t know, like read it or something, because it’s a CRISIS!

Hmm…. No double standard at all there. Tony Snow turned out to be a gentlemen that could at least string together a coherent answer, unlike Peter Griffith, pardon me, Robert Gibbs, who’s regular answer is always a variant of: “I don’t know about Topic X, because I haven’t read the New York Times yet today…”

Nope. No bias in the media at all… Like when Barack was giving a recent interview and he whined and whined and whined about how there is this one really mean TV station that doesn’t totally kiss his butt, because Barack only is in bed with NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, MSNBC, and 95% of the newspapers in the country. If only FOX would climb onto the propaganda train, then he could complete his glorious people’s revolution… Except for pesky talk radio, but they’ll get theirs with the fairness act… and then he’ll need to do something about bloggers, ‘cause we’re just dripping with hate speech.  Give him some time. He’ll think of something.

And I don’t even really like FOX either… But compared to the competition, at least they manage to squeeze a little news in there.

I believe that this was the same interview where our heroic leader managed to kill a fly. This of course shows his strong responses under pressure… It is unknown if Robert Gibbs came out and ate the fly, Renfield style afterward.  (honestly, I was waiting for a giant bullfrog tongue to come shooting out of Rahm Emmanuel’s mouth SNAP! and then the fly would just be gone… look at that dude, something just ain’t right there).

 It is pretty rare for me to watch regular news or read the regular paper. Inevitably, when I do, I’m always left with a feeling of “Really? You’re serious? People really believe this crap?”  Every paragraph, every sentence, every single nuance is carefully sculpted to prop up one argument and dismiss the other.  It isn’t even clever propaganda anymore, it is a ham-fisted love-fest for all things statist.

I missed this episode of 20/20, kind of like how I’ve missed just about every episode of 20/20 for the last decade, but apparently they had one about the absolute futility of letting college students conceal carry handguns as a remedy for mass shootings.  Apparently to show how foolish this is, they devised a simple, fair test. They took some students, gave them Simunitions guns, put them in a fake class room, and did a force on force exercise where a bad guy came in and shot the place up.

Fair right? Except that the student was made to sit in the exact same chair every time. Then the bad guy came in, shot the teacher, then shot that particular armed student.  (because bad guys have Spidey Sense) The student was given a strap holster, usually not even in the right position, under a long t-shirt. Oh, and the bad guy? He wasn’t your typical douche-bag off his Zoloft, it was a police firearms instructor.

Hmm… That’s gonna skew the results just a smidgen. I’ve taught this stuff for a living for a long time, have done force on force training, have shot a lot of competition, and have more simulator time than most cops, and I don’t know if I would have survived. Hell, you could put John McClane in that situation and he’d get shot.  (The main difference is that Bruce Willis would just shrug it off and take care of business).

I’m sure their next episode will show the futility of seatbelts, as they buckle you in, and then push your car off the top of the Sears Tower.  Oh wait, I forgot that this was from the same award winning program that showed the hard hitting facts that Ford trucks will explode if you attach flaming rockets to them. Never mind. I take it back. I’ve been very careful to never strap flaming explosives onto my Explorer ever since.

Back to this “test”, that is why I always sat in the back of the class in college… Well, in reality, I sat in the back for two reasons. Since I carried a full size .45 inside the waistband, if I was on the back row, I could slouch and not worry about anybody behind me seeing it if it popped out from under my shirt, and second, I could fall asleep and it wouldn’t be as rude to the professor. Ahh… college. Good times.

I guess that a couple of the students managed to hit the aggressor before being shot themselves. One managed to hit him in the leg before taking a round to the head. This was also was pointed out as a failure, because since you’re going to die anyway, why would you possibly want to inflict a potentially life ending injury on the bad guy in the process. Say for example, how much worse would Virginia Tech have been if somebody in the first room had shot the scumbag in the leg, and he’d tried to go on his rampage while partially immobilized and bleeding to death?  That would have been bad… because… see, well… Shoot! I’m not a reporter. I’m not stupid enough to come up with a good reason. I’d probably just mumble something about “escalating the violence” and then look smugly at the camera.

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