We are known by the company we keep. At least that’s what my mom always told me.
This morning, I just saw Russian agents meeting with the #BLOTUS in the White House. This is one day after firing the head of the FBI who was investigating his treasonous ties to Russia. From the photos I could not tell who had the biggest smiles. The #BLOTUS was definitely enjoying hosting his friends.
What is blatantly obvious, however, is that the current leader of our nation is far more comfortable with dictators, thugs, and strongmen than he is with the rule of law and the dictates of the Constitution.
The #BLOTUS covets absolute power. Anyone with the courage to challenge that power will be eliminated. FBI Director Comey wasn’t the first to feel his ire, and sadly will not be the last.
The person now leading our nation has been in court over 3,000 times. Yet, he was still thought ethical enough and intelligent enough to lead our nation. That explains a lot, doesn’t it.
The majority just seems not to care about traditional American values like honesty, truthfulness, and caring for the other person. So now we have a egotistical braggart who lives by the lie doing his best to destroy our country.
The lies of #BLOTUS caught up with him enough so that he was taken to court over 3,000 times. Who will hold him accountable now?
We no longer have a president we can respect. We have a president we need to fear.
What is newsworthy? It’s far more than a philosophical question for me.
I took Journalism 101 before the turn of the century, and I have been working with journalists and reporters most of my adult life. I am also always actively seeking publicity for the various nonprofit organizations I work with and of which I am a part. I am comfortable with the media. I know a little about what is news and what isn’t.
One of the first adages we were taught in my journalism class was that “if it doesn’t bleed it doesn’t lead.” Some things never change.
Every since the collapse last month of the garment factory in Bangladesh, the news of this particular tragedy has been close to continuous. It is newsworthy. Over 1125 people lost their lives. That is definitely news.
What bothers me is that the media coverage of that singular event continues after almost a full month. Over 1125 people died in a tragic accident. That’s news. I understand that.
But, during this media feeding frenzy and shark-like ripping at the carcass of that story, over 25,000 of our family have been needlessly dying from hunger related causes every single day. That’s over 750,000 unnecessary deaths in the month since the Bangladesh building collapse. Yet, I can find no coverage of these deaths.
Where is the media coverage for the victims of hunger? Why isn’t the unnecessary deaths of these innocents newsworthy?
“If it doesn’t bleed it doesn’t lead.” Maybe the victims of hunger are dying too quietly. They just need to bleed more. Or maybe the world just doesn’t give a damn about the poorest of the poor. It’s obvious that the media doesn’t. The hungry just are not newsworthy, even in death.
If we ever get serious about ending the moral obscenity of hunger in a world of plenty this will have to change.