I don’t watch The Daily Show because CNN and FOX specifically are so absurd any comedic take on their “news coverage” amounts to someone pointing at a man walking into a rake.
Here is a clip of CNN’s Wolf Blitzer — who conversed with a hologram on election night 2008 — asking an Oklahoma tornado survivor if she “thanks the Lord” for… well, I guess for randomly choosing not to kill her in the natural disaster that has killed two dozen people.
I’m impressed that this lady held her own and stood by her convictions. She’s an atheist, and she doesn’t “thank the Lord” for her decisions and actions. She maintains her own agency in the world. Well done.
I’ve always said that God has the best job ever — ultimate power and zero accountability. It’s like he’s CEO of Earth, LLC. If he’s truly omnipotent, then tornadoes, hurricanes, and other natural disasters that kill people indiscriminately are entirely within his power to control. If they’re not, then he’s not omnipotent. He’s more early 2000s Prince. I can probably get him some legal cover for school shootings and marathon bombings because of the whole “free will” conundrum, but tornadoes and hurricanes are as unjustifiable as The Rainbow Children.
May 21, 2013 at 6:46 pm
So, Stephen — who are you madder at, Wolf Blitzer or god? I’ve been mad at god for a long, long, very long time, at least 50 years, but I kind of think I’m madder at Wolf Blitzer because god minds his own business most of the time, whatever that is, but Wolf is just so IN YOUR FUCKING FACE! The trouble with those 24/7 news types is, they just never know when to shut the fuck up. When I was a cub reporter and learning to write feature stories — meaning I was hired with absolutely no experience because it was a food editor and I had a home economics degree — I told my editor “I don’t know how to end this story.” She said “Just stop.” So I did, and I maintain that is very good advice. Wolf, for god’s sake, when you have nothing intelligent to say, just shut up.
May 21, 2013 at 6:51 pm
You’re right! The 24/7 news cycle doesn’t allow for just STOPPING. Newspapers were a battle for column inches. TV is endless. And the results are not surprising.
May 21, 2013 at 6:57 pm
Somewhere along the line, I think we must be related.
May 21, 2013 at 6:47 pm
I have another journalist friend who maintains Wolf can wring every drop of drama out of a dramatic moment.