By Rebecca Todd
The Hendricks County Flyer
Fri Nov 02, 2012, 04:56 PM EDT
I poke a lot of fun at the media, but that is just because I find them all repugnant.
I'm speaking, of course, about the television media. The newspaper media, like our fine editor at the Flyer, is top notch and would never consider eliminating a columnist that repeatedly makes fun of the media.
Television media on the other hand loves to sensationalize everything they can. Nothing makes them happier than a national tragedy or horrific crime with which they can beat the public over the head and about the ears for weeks on end. They will run the story from every angle until we are all driven to stand up and scream at our televisions to just shut up about it already.
Rebecca, you may say, people don't do that. But I'm here to tell you that they do. My husband and children have seen it happen.
They also seem to love it when children are involved in a crime or an accident. In fact, if there is no child involved, you can bet they will find one somewhere nearby that will "likely be affected by the incident for the rest of their lives."
"Pat, I'm here on the scene where a cat has just been rescued from a flaming building. There was no one else around at the time, but we did talk to Mrs. Joyce Rasmuten who lives two blocks away and she says her six-year-old daughter was traumatized when she heard that a cat almost died."
(Cut to Mrs. Rasmuten). "Little Esmerelda was all cryin' an stuff. I think she is gonna need some medication."
(Back to reporter). "If you would like to donate to a fund to finance poor, disturbed, little Esmerlda's recovery go to www.bogusfundingprojects.com."
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