I think the left and right have become to sensitive about almost everything. The fact is the media
abandoned news a long time ago, they also abandoned editorial comment. What we have now is
two sides engaging in entertainment of the lowest order. Right wing fanatics like Rush and a few
others who wouldn't recognize a fact if they saw one. In contrast there is this wimpy left that feels
you cannot make a hard hitting interview seem hard hitting. All the words and meanings have to be
crafted in such a way that it doesn't impact the person you are interviewing.
It reminds me of when they destroyed hockey. Wayne was the best hockey player in the world, ya
right. Wayne was best because he had protection from the big mean defenseman and the league
that wanted to protect gate receipts. Bobby Orr and Gordie How didn't need protection.
Today a news cast or an interview is not informative at all, its leading to a predetermined conclusion
with all the right worlds and intellectual comments structured in such a way debate is no longer
informative or offensive, or factual for that matter.
On the right its constructed to be rude, loud and for the most part half fact and half fiction blended to
lead the reader away from those nasty liberals or leftists.
In my humble opinion I see this as the problem.
There are about 5 to 6 percent of loonies on the left and the right. The rest of us are on a line I call
the middle right and middle left, depending on our views. Instead of conducting a hard hitting factual
debate with winners and losers on either side on a given day, we as citizens of the world continue to
beat the drum of the loser loonies and play their game of insult and counter insult, keeping our
distance from the truth no matter what side its on.
I believe we have to get back to debating issues on their Merritt, and sometimes that can be offensive
too, but hell, that is part of life. I find that most people become offended in an argument only at the
moment they realize they have lost the argument. Until then they are prepared to dish it out with
offensive views of their own. The problem is not free speech, it is not persecution, it is not even the
ethics of the day. No the real problem is we are so thin skinned and self centered we feel we have to
be protected from everything and everyone, we should all be heard equally no matter how ridiculous
some arguments and beliefs are and that is just not realistic.
Its time we raised our level of passion, using actual facts for a change, then put on our chain mail and
go at it. Who knows if we did that ethics, respect, understanding, and informative interviews and TV
programs just might start to appear again.
On the political left there is a bunch of wimpy people who feel persecuted to the point of a complex,
they are also the only ones who can use bully tactics to silence their critics and if those critics take
issue, they are cultural criminals that need the fist of the law in their face.
On the right, we have people like Rush, and Sarah Palin who demean all left of center ideas as being
communist or of the devil with too many ignorant people applauding, while at the same time completely
devoid of the knowledge of the truth. These people abuse the principles of democratic free speech,
and complain when someone calls them on it and they are every bit as loony as those on the left.
I think we need hard hitting factual debate with some civility thrown in for good measure..
end of rant.