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Obama gets it.

So does Mike Huckabee.

So do the people of Aurora, Colorado and so, mirabile dictu, does the author of the story on FOX reporting the memorial service for the victims, several of whom behaved heroically and whose memory should be eternal. This kid, for instance, should be honored by the citizens of her town in a special ceremony to honor great heroism.

Well done all of you! I am hopeful that with this kind of leadership, perhaps they can set a new trend for our chattering classes and the purveyors of beer and shampoo whose motto has hitherto been “If it bleeds, it leads.”

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  • The boy in the article to which you link is actually a girl.

  • Anon

    “Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it”

    • Hezekiah Garrett

      Do you mean to propose you’ve learned anything of value from the news coverage?

      If so, may I suggest you reevaluate what you value?

  • KML

    My husband and I were just talking over the weekend about how thankful we are recently that we got rid of cable. One of the main reasons is our realization that so much of what we were exposed to and consuming is actually *gossip* which, last I checked, is a sin. When you have 24 hours to fill on a news station combined with the pressure to be first to report, there are lots of talking heads speculating and guessing about things as they unfold.

    Per my dictionary…..”Gossip: Casual or unconstrained conversation or reports about other people, typically involving details that are not confirmed as being true.”

    If that’s not going on on a daily basis on cable news, I don’t know what is. Not to say that if you watch CNN you need to go to confession, but maybe sometimes we all need to think about what our motivation is for participating in something and ask ourselves if it’s really good for us.

    • B.E. Ward

      I’m not endorsing their editorial bent, but it’s *really* interesting to watch Al Jazeera to see what *news* actually looks like, and how it once looked in this country. Instead of filling time with 4 windows of people yelling at each other, they report on activites the world-round.

    • Ted Seeber

      I’ve stopped watching cable news for exactly that reason. I watch the local news, mainly for the weather, and I read the internet from news aggregators that I trust, and I read the local liberal rag and Columbia Magazine; but I find even LIBERAL print is usually far more informative than TV News soundbites.

  • trespinos

    I wish it were otherwise, but I think this fellow’s name and story are going to be front and center for a long time in the news. Take yesterday’s court appearance. Apparently the judge has given the OK for full, open coverage of proceedings because all 10:48 of yesterday’s drama was available to viewers. Riveting, too, in a repellent way. My guess is the guy is play-acting, but if he really is as mentally vacant as he appeared to be, then he probably won’t be any more fit for a trial than Gabrielle Gifford’s assailant was.

    • Hezekiah Garrett

      I’m not going to watch it, but I’ve seen some snapshots from it, and can’t help hearing people talk.

      Does no one assume he’s being chemically sedated, as opposed to ‘playing crazy’? He looked to me like he gobbled a whole Xanax bar in the pics I saw.

      • Ted Seeber

        He’s chemically something. That color of hair does NOT grow naturally.