Monday, December 11, 2006
"To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American Public." --President Theodore Roosevelt
I am becoming more and more disenchanted with the conduct of news anchors. There was a time when standards of good journalism dictated that the news be reported in as unbiased a manner as possible, giving the public the facts and allowing them to make up their own minds. More and more, however, I hear editorializing rather than simple reporting. Some examples that stick in my mind:
A female anchor on morning news after reporting on a story that involved a nudict resort: "Euwwwww! Naked beople -- what's THAT all about?"
A famed local male anchor after reporting on the day's developments at the trial of an accused (NOT convicted -- accused) sex offender: "What a SICKO!"
A male-female morning team on a vandalism story: "Who would do a terrible thing like that?" "There's no respect these days."
The English language is taking a big hit these days on TV news as well. Concerning the recent chemical company explosion that decimated a neighborhood in Danvers, MA, "As many as twenty-five buildings will have to be demolitioned." How do you "demolition" a building? Demolish, yes; but while nouns are being turned into verbs at an unprecedented rate, I've yet to hear of the verb "to demolition."
Another fundamentalist minister's career has collapsed over homosex. Paul Barnes, a Denver-area pastor confessed to his parish that he had had sex with men, and resigned. But Barnes made an interesting statement, "I have struggled with homosexuality since I was a 5-year-old boy... I can't tell you the number of nights I have cried myself to sleep, begging God to take this away."
So -- he knew since he was 5 years old, he obviously didn't choose it, and God won't take it away. If he acknowledges that God won't take it away, doesn't that mean that God must have wanted him to be homosexual? Doesn't that mean God had MADE him homosexual?Yesterday Fritz and I attended what may have been the most beautiful dance performance I've seen in the recent past. The Pilobolus Dance Company has made an art of the support and balance of human bodies in seemingly impossible combinations. While the stills may make what they do look like some sort of gymnastics, the fluid grace, style, wit and astonishing [seeming] ease with which they perform to music by everyone from Debussy and Mozart to Bjork and Radiohead raises everything they do into the realm of great dance. Enjoy:
Thanks for the photos they are amazingly beautiful.
I have given up watching any news channel except for THE NEWSHOUR and BBC World News (TV) and only listen to NPR (and that has declined a bit sadly in the past few years but still is a mile better than the local news) and BBC World Service.
Liz--some day we should get together during an intermission and say hello in person.
Mike--their bodies were in TREMENDOUS shape. I wish I looked like that, too.
I'm delighted you all liked the pics of the company. They have the most extraordinary style on stage.
Excellent pix, and congrats on your latest kudos.