Jan 16, 2010

Why The Media Is So Hated: #2,010 in a bottomless series

Oh, not all of them, for sure. There have been some near-heroic and heartfelt reports from Haiti for which I am grateful. Some coverage has rent the heart and brought home the biblical proportions of this tragedy, and we need that. What we don't need is the shallow commentary, the insipid questions, the trite overkill of phrases that merely dull our senses and feed our sense of helpless outrage at the stupidity of world leaders who can't help Haiti help itself.

I can see it. You can see it. Why can't the MSM see it, they who deem themselves elite and educated, that they can be so callow and lifeless as to fall back on their news-speak catch-phrases and habits? I can believe that even they are gob-smacked at the incredible scale of human misery they're witnessing, and the newsfeeds we are not allowed to see. But the children of so-called enlightenment have no sense of communication, or the art of speaking with grace and wisdom.

They may as well be respectfully silent when they have nothing to say, when the overwhelming tragedy robs them of any emotional anchor in their shallow soul and leaves them adrift in their thoughts. . . just shut up and let the video feed roll. It's not like the rest of us don't just mute the damn television when they blather embarrassingly like junior high girls still in love with the sound of their own voices. And it is embarrassing when they try to "relate" this tragedy to themselves, their own family, their own experience.

Please. Just shut up and double the pay of the camera crew.

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Just damn. My heart breaks for Haiti. If I had the wherewithall, I would be there, and you would too, I know. Wordless deeds of digging to uncover and recover and re-bury the departed souls-- and it would have to be enough for the present, though the least of our desire to alleviate the suffering.

Thousands of souls entered eternity in a moment and the spirit sags under the weight, burdened with helpless concern.

I haven't much to say, either, as I now see.

Prayers up. There, but for the Grace of God. . .

3 comments:

diamond dave said...

And Pat Robertson and Danny Glover can go FOAD.

pamibe said...

My sentiments exactly. Can't watch too many of the videos; tears me apart to watch that suffering.... donating is great, but the feeling of helplessness in the face of such horror...

That toon reminds me of Rich Sanchez after Hurricane Andrew. Aside from his hit and run, that's why south Florida loathes him...

julie said...

Amen, Joan.