Spent too much time this morning explaining to people why the amazing email they sent me was full of hooey. Sadly, the major media is sometimes the sender of these things, indirectly.
One email was from some guy who said I couldn’t change a word on his email, then included an attached email he has been forwarded in which President Obama says the American flag is a flag of opression and he won’t wear one or fly one or salute to one as a result.
Needless to say, as I pointed out to the sender, it’s hooey — snopes.com has nicely debunked it as a serious forwarding of something that started off as some guy’s idea of satire. This is right up there with me presenting the latest from The Onion as real news, only from the right instead of from whatever planet The Onion occupies.
Someone else sent me an email saying that this July will be the only July in 800 years to have five saturdays and sundays. I’ve seen this one also making the rounds, and it’s harmless and not nearly as mean spirited as the one about Obama. And, again, at Snopes.com, you can find out the truth — this happenes several times a year, pretty much in any month with 31 days, and on any particular month every six or 11 years.
Last but not least, the current media frenzy over Sarah Palin’s telling of the Paul Revere thing — which has been stupid all around, up to and including Ms. Palin, whose grasp of American history can best be described as “shallow,” and was probably gained by reading the back of cereal boxes as a child.
Even so, there is a grain of truth to her little diatribe, but as Joel Miller in the National Review points out, it’s really a stupid diatribe by her and an equally stupid diatribe by the media to pay attention to it, or to draw inferences from it, or to even pay attention to it.
My question is why the media pays any attention to her at all, but I guess I am here, too, so who am I to talk?
But really, the media is at fault for giving her far more weight than she deserves. She doesn’t deserve coverage until she actually does something newsworthy other than just show up in public, and she certainly doesn’t deserve the sort of rebuttal she is getting.
To give her the only bit of due she is worth — not much — she has been criticized by the national media for failing to release her travel itinerary ahead of time forcing the reporters following her to — gasp! — work to cover her.
This epitomizes the lazy national media in this country like nothing else — whining becasue they don’t have the script of a carefully arranged and rehearsed event ahead of time? Actually have to cover the thing WHILE IT HAPPENS?