Thursday, December 4, 2014

Who's Responsible?

The news that the police officer who performed a choke hold on Eric Garner thus causing his death will not be charged has set off another round of outrage, rioting, protests and calls for investigations and massive changes to our system of justice.  All of this has happened in the wake of the Ferguson, MO situation.

The point of this piece is not to rush to judgement about either situation.  Like most people out there, I don't have all the facts and there's a great deal we don't know.  The point I wish to make here is that I believe the media is responsible for much of the civil unrest that has followed the decisions of people far more informed than us. 

The constant round of interviews of people too emotionally involved to think rationally, focusing attention on gas bags like Al Sharpton who in my considered opinion is nothing but an attention-seeker, distortions of facts, slandering police officers or juries or judges who are trying to make sense of all of this is the media's (and Sharpton's) stock in trade. 

So why  is the press doing this?  Because we're listening-or more precisely, you are listening because I stopped a long time ago.   And now it's time for everyone else to stop listening and thereby make the media go away.  Find another issue to inflame.  This one has run its course. 

Hey, here's one.  How about giving credit to President Obama for the low gas prices?  After all, it wasn't so long ago that the republicans were blaming him for the high prices.  Isn't turn around fair play?  No, I guess not.  And it certainly isn't as exciting.  Pathetic.

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