Crypoptoquote Spoiler – 02/27/14

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English: The Footbridge and Canal: The Slippery Slope A slippery walk down the bridge. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Once you decide to titillate instead of illuminate, you’re on a slippery slope.”   —   Bill Moyers

US journalist and commentator Bill Moyers

US journalist and commentator Bill Moyers (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(Long ago, the numbers crunchers at all the corporate media outlets took a “damn the torpedoes” approach to this!  Titillation is the new name of the game, people.  That along with manipulation, of course.  We are almost continuously bombarded with stories of some pretty young thing, who either:  killed their boyfriend or hubby, killed their roommate, or killed their own child.  And if not a pretty perpetrator, then it’s a pretty victim, as in Laci Peterson or Stacy PetersonYou’d think guys named Peterson would be having a tough time getting laid these days.  All terrible, PERSONAL tragedies . . . for the families and friends of all involved.  The crimes, and the usually lengthy trials, have very little bearing on the vast majority of our lives, and virtually none on the world at large.  Why do they feed us these salacious stories?  Many reasons.  They divert our attention away from the serious matters of domestic and international importance, so more of us won’t object to what is really going on.  A blithely dumbed down populace is never a threat to the powers that be.  There are ratings aspects to it too, but they’re all giving us the same stories anyway.  The networks used to have News Divisions, which were autonomous of the Entertainment Divisions.  They did away with the News Divisions, so now it all falls under Entertainment.  But, another reason why they continue to do this is because we let them.  We should be rejecting all these tawdry, meaningless stories, as well as the all too frequent tear-jerking fluff stories of service men and women coming back, unexpectedly, from war zones, to their young children, or some special needs kid being allowed to score the winning basket or touchdown.  Don’t get me wrong, they DO get to me.  I’ll choke up, and my eyes will well up with tears, just like the next guy.  But when it’s over, I realize that I’ve been played . . . again.  The purpose of the news is supposed to be to inform us, not to merely elicit these kind of emotions.  We deserve better.  We deserve the real news.  We deserve more people like Bill Moyers.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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2 Responses to “Crypoptoquote Spoiler – 02/27/14”

  1. 1 WIMPY February 27, 2014 at 7:25 pm

    UNC- I’m not a Crypoptoquote guy as you know but Your comments are RIGHT ON!!!!! I disagree with you on many of your political opinions but this was PERFECT.. Have a great night… your favorite nephew Wimpy

  2. 2 unclerave February 28, 2014 at 9:51 am

    Glad you agreed/enjoyed, Wimpy! If you click on the photo of Obama with the headphones and microphone and script, from the Cryptoquote of 02/25/14, it will open up a page on “Mediagopoly” and a few other things. It goes into a lot of what I’ve been saying about the controlling corporate media. Scroll through and read as much as you want. It might not be all that you subscribe to, but then again it might change your mind on a few issues. I had never seen that particular page until I posted that spoiler, but I think the person makes a multitude of valid points. — YUR

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