Friday, April 16, 2010

On Freedom of the Press

Sorry for the politics, but I'm annoyed. The commie left and the fascist right are both reporting like they're covering Jerry Springer specials. I'm concerned that the media is creating a powder keg of fear and paranoia on both sides of the aisle, and that we're going to end up in either a civil war in the worst case scenario, or "just" more homegrown terrorists blowing up whatever whenever*.

Extremist fanatical rhetoric, the glamorizing of the nuts on both sides by the media is making people scared of "the other side." It's got to stop. The media needs to go back to being boring and stop trying to make politics popular by turning it into a reality TV show, complete with all the drama that comes from dysfunctional human beings.

There is no radical Center, so we don't get the press, but damnit, most people in America are not liberal atheists or fundamentalist Christian conservative evangelicals. Most people are nominal Christians who go to church on Easter and maybe Christmas, try to keep up with the Jones's, and take their kids to soccer practice while gossiping about the local school moms and dads. They want good jobs that pay well, affordable health care, and a way to get out and have fun on the weekends. They might think we occultniks are weird, but as long as we aren't stealing babies or sacrificing their family pets, they don't really notice us much.

Fuck you Fox and MSNBC. Fuck you Hannity, and Olbermann. Go away.

*And don't tell me the liberals don't go forming militias when they feel all radical, it wasn't that long ago that the Weather Underground were bombing the police. How different are they from the Christian Militia that wanted to start a war by assassinating police at a police officer's funeral?