In the past few months we have ruined one icons reporting career because he said he was in a helicopter hit by a rocket instead of the one next to it, and bill o’reilly is under fire for reporting he was on the Falkland islands taking fire while reporting during the England-Argentina conflict in the 1980’s and now he is under fire for reporting he was on the porch in Florida about to knock when a man shot himself who had information about the Kennedy assassination when he was actually on video talking about it in Dallas.
Yes all three of these acts are everything good journalism should never be, good journalism maybe about spin but always based on the truth, I know I am honored to call Australia’s most preeminent journalist my dear friend.
Here’s the problem, we as a world have so drunk the Kool-Aid that we now get more pissed off about those reporting the war than either the lying bastards of politicians who sent our youngest and bravest in to places they should never be over weapons that never existed because of a date in history that neither Iraq or Afghanistan had anything to do with (the terrorists on 9/11 were Saudi and Yemeni none were from the countries we invaded) or about the people dying because they were sent.
Back in the Falklands era we were sent to war to get back islands that grew nothing england needed, produced nothing important to england,and were nowhere near England populated by a people who spoke Argentinian not english but England’s ego was hurt so innocents had to die.
The politicians lied about weapons of mass destruction in the current war, and Margaret thatcher lied about the Falkland’s strategic importance to England, in both soldiers died, soldiers became disabled families were destroyed on both sides
We bombed the hell out of someone else’s country, we inflicted our beliefs where they had no place being and we had no right inflicting them.
But hey politicians got paid schlumberger made money because oil was found, more soldiers died more soldiers were sent home broken.
But how dare a reporter lie about which chopper he was on or what porch he was on or whether he was dodging bullets or drinking mao-tai’s? God forbid.
Rachel maddow reports on bill o’reilly, bill o’reilly reports on Brian Williams and they both call rachel names because she is gay but it’s all a shell game while you’re listenting to their rhetoric noones listening to the real issues.
In the time they took to play tag who’s reporting on the VETERANS ADMINISTRATION? We send our young we break our young but we leave them like broken toys no one wants any more to fend for themselves.
Closed head injuries take years sometimes to be treated, 22-25 vets who made it home commit suicide every day, 2-5 kill themselves while still at war.
We indicted the head of the VA but within a week everyone forgets, because how dare bill o’reilly lie about where he was or Brian Williams be wrong by one chopper can anyone name the soldiers who were on the chopper? Have they received a headline?
What’s wrong with us world? When did the name of a Kardashian become more important than the name of a marine who threw himself on a grenade to save his unit? When did the bullshit reporters spout matter so much?
An Australia TV icon Ernie sigley once said if newspapers ever stopped printing he wouldn’t have anything to line his parrots cage with, because that’s all they were good for bullshit wrapped around real-estate adds he called them.
Next time you watch the news and they say “follow us on twitter and face book” please do, and tell them you don’t care that they bullshitted because with 30 minutes of news being 3 minutes of actual news three puppy stories two Kardashian stories and the weather you stopped caring long ago.
Tell them that until they go back to talking about the disabled and the fallen and about real lies told by politicians that send our soldiers you will not watch. We have become pavlovian morons, unless someone mentions a pop star a football player or a movie we can’t salivate.
Ask your self-people shouldn’t your super heroes be those who wear stripes on their shoulders and not their names on their back?