Have you noticed the inflection in the voice, the lowered tone coupled with a downturn of the eyes? News anchors spend hours in front of the bathroom mirror practicing that somber look, the dirge-like vocal that’s always a precursor to really bad news.
It’s needed frequently in America. Never an NBC Nightly News goes past that some great, catastrophic, news story isn’t preceded by the bathroom mirror look, and a practiced flickering of lashes as ace anchorman Brian Williams swiftly lowers the eyelids.
Tonight it was a re-run. You know the one. Gunmen runs amok, kills many, turns gun on himself. No, it wasn’t a school this time. For a bit of variety the loony with the shooter chose a mall in Nebraska, brimming with Christmas shoppers.
What a juicy story for the media. All those fear-crazed shoppers dashing hither and thither, screaming and shouting, then daring to whine and winge just ’cause it happened.
Don’t come crying to me, dear. When was the last time you voted for gun control?
That’s why the somber look and the elegiacal voice are so important. The American news just wouldn’t be the same without them. After all, if anyone actually did anything about the shooting sprees embarked on by pre-pubescent, weapon-toting morons, who probably were buying guns at the local Wal-Mart long before they were old enough to vote, like – for example – pressuring those somnolent old farts snoozing their lives away in the comfortable leather armchairs on Capital Hill to introduce something loosely called “gun control”, all that contorting and head-bowing in front of the bathroom mirror would be a waste of time, now wouldn’t it?
Americans love to whine. They make an art-form of it. By now, you’d think they’d be used to shopping at malls frequented by psychotic killers; schools regularly carved up by teen students put out by low grades, or gas stations targeted by ex-military snipers suffering depression due to a lack of mother’s breast milk.
But, obviously, they’re not. They still whine and complain everytime it happens, then immediately rush out to vote for their local NRA candidate.
Consequently, nothing ever gets done.
Let’s look at today’s NBC Nightly News in detail. After the Nebraska shooting came the ongoing story of flooding in the American West. Had this excess of water arrived a couple of weeks earlier, it may have helped put out the forest fires that ravaged California through November. But it didn’t. Nature is rarely that obliging, particularly when both fire and flood result from global warming.
Is America doing anything to prevent catastrophic climate change? No.
Child obesity means the next generation won’t live as long as their parents, warns NBC’s resident ‘medical expert’, insisting:
“Brian, something must be done now!” Cue lowered eyelids from the anchor.
Fat kids have been around in America for a generation, in fact, almost as far back as 1940 when Dick and Mac McDonald opened their first restaurant. Of course, you can’t blame old Dick and Mac. They didn’t realize the consequences of their actions would send thousands of American kids to an early grave. That would be akin to blaming Henry Ford for global warming.
Responsible nations can look after their younger generations by legislating against too much fatty, unhealthy food in school diets, and pressuring corporations that run poison parlors on Main Street to provide healthier, more wholesome food. Of course, governments only do that when they in turn are pressured by their citizens. It seems America’s citizens would rather watch their kids die of diabetes and premature heart disease, than upset the corporate boardrooms.
Brian William’s vocal tones sank even lower with the latest report from the Government Accountability Office stating a catastrophic accident was bound to happen soon at an American airport, given the state of the national air traffic control system. One Congressman almost wept as he muttered, “The FAA has let us down….sob…”
What a total load of balderdash! The FAA is a US government department. That’s why the report came from the Government Accountability Office. The US ATC systems have been broken for years, with the full knowledge of Congress and the president. The old farts have done nothing to force the FAA into upgrading and improving the system. They could start by awarding them some money to do it with.
Yet, is it an election issue? Are the people demanding safer air ways?
No. They’re more concerned as to whether Hilary Clinton is religious enough, or if Barack Obama’s truly a Christian, or a cleverly closeted Muslim.
That’s what inflames the American people.
They can be gunned down in droves, incinerated or drowned, fall out of the skies from forty thousand feet, and let their kids stuff themselves till they burst like over-inflated pumpkins, but elect a politician who doesn’t say his prayers every night?
Meanwhile, Brian Williams is cosseting his vocal chords and plucking his eyebrows, ready for tomorrow night’s lugubrious performance.
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