What’s Left?

Jan 13th, 2011 | By admin | Category: Opinion

By Lee McLane Editor/Publisher and Simba the late Squeak's adoptive baby.

By Lee McLane Editor/Publisher and Simba the late Squeak's adoptive baby

We’re over the blackbird event - I hope - and on to other national tragedies like the assassination attempt on a U.S. Congresswoman, Gabrielle Giffords, of AZ. The carnage of that “Congress on the Corner” event will be forever imprinted on our minds as we go forward from this point. We pray for the families of the 6 victims and for those 12 people wounded including Rep. Giffords.
From a press standpoint, I believe we give too much publicity to those who carry out these heinous crimes. I believe, if we could, we should not mention their name anymore than possible. I believe that is why they do it. They want the notoriety. I think we should deny them this as much as possible. In these days of instant reporting, I’m not sure how that would work but I do know it would keep some of these horrible things from happening.
Speaking of press things, did you see “Nightline” a few nights ago?  I believe it was last Friday night - but I’m not sure. I watched it - as I sometimes do - and it had a segment on there about our blackbird incident. I expected it to be a serious piece but instead they basically made fun of people who live in Beebe and it was a total “fluff” piece. I was very disappointed. They even got Beebe Police Captain Eddie Cullum on there and listed him as a veterinarian. As I’ve said  before, it amazes me how incompetent these large media outlets can be. We all make mistakes - but really!    Can’t you even check your ID’s?  But, like I said, I think they made light of the whole thing - insulted Beebe people and  basically ran the piece as an entertainment segment. And, if you watch the “news” critically - you will find that much of it is just on air as entertainment. I guess we’re all just too dumb to notice…..right ABC? If I want to be entertained, I’ll watch the Comedy channel or something that doesn’t claim to be reporting the news. If I want the news, I’ll watch PBS.

I hope you have a great week!

Go to your happy place!
See you next week!