IT BOTHERS ME FAR MORE THAN JUST SOMEWHAT . . . how the Media has become in many Cases, Far MORE Important, than the Politicians and the Bureaucrats, since the Media REALLY DOES CONTROL SO MUCH OF THE THOUGHT PROCESS OF OUR SOCIETY.
It is disparaging how the people, especially our younger generation have become so Dumbed Down by the ANTI-VALUES of Television Shows and the Movies . . . that so many of our “Millennials” accept Fiction and Lies over the Truth.
It seems that many are questioning how the Media, including the Media Itself, as they pretend MEA CULPA, in how they got the Election Results So Wrong. But to the Media, they didn’t get it wrong . . . To them it was the Electors who got it all wrong.
Several days ago, I caught an episode of Megyn Kelly on Fox News, shilling for her new book on one of her Book Tours, where she seemed to be overwhelmed by the huge number of people anxiously waiting for her to speak at the Forum set up for her by her Publisher.
And during the Forum, Megyn Kelly expressed . . . that what she did, she did for the People, with whom she could RELATE, and also . . . with whom she believed she had some sort of an Obligation to Fulfill.
Kelly gave the impression that . . . she was Sympatico with her Audience.
Megyn Kelly . . . as you are reading this, is Locked in a Contract Dispute with Fox News, where she reportedly thinks that she MUST be Paid MORE than $20-MILLION Per Year for what she’s doing.
NOW IT’S TRUE . . . that Kelly’s Show earns a Ton of Money for Fox News, but how is that her business? What about the Guy or Gal on the Assembly Line, who helps his or her company make a lot of money too? How does that make him or her a Partner in the Company’s Revenue?
I have no Problem with Megyn Kelly earning $20-MILLION Per Year. I wish I was earning that kind of money. And I don’t have any problem whatsoever if Megyn Kelly Earns $20-BILLION Per Year, if the people at Fox News want to give that kind of money to her. BUT HERE’S WHERE I DO HAVE A PROBLEM . . .
The Average WORKING North American Family . . . taking in everyone, earns about $50,000 Per Year. And That’s Before Taxes.
Let’s assume the average NON CIVIL SERVANT worker, starts his or her Working Life at 25-Years Old, and ends it at 65-Years Old, which is more or less the way it really is. SO WE’RE LOOKING AT A 40-YEAR WORKING CAREER.
So . . . Let’s take 40-Years and multiply that by $50,000, as if the working person started off at $50,000 right from the Get-Go, which I’m sure very few if any have. But, I’ll be generous, and say that this is accurate for the purpose of this Editorial.
40 TIMES $50,000 (BEFORE TAXES) is $2,000,000-DOLLARS . . . for a Lifetime of Work. In Megyn Kelly’s Case, she earns TEN TIMES THAT AMOUNT IN JUST ONE YEAR, and that seems to be NOT ENOUGH FOR HER, which doesn’t even take into account what her Husband earns, and brings into the family.
While it is also True that Megyn Kelly earns more in the Media than the Average Journalist, Pundit – ETC, it is equally True that the people who are better known as Writers, Opinionates, Hosts (like Kelly), Producers and All, do earn SUBSTANTIALLY More than the Average North American. And I do mean SUBSTANTIALLY MORE . . . Which I don’t hold against any of them.
So how does Megyn Kelly have the GALL to suggest that she can RELATE to her Audience, which struggles everyday just to keep it together, when $20-Million Per Year isn’t enough for her?
Does Megyn Kelly worry about mundane things like . . . keeping an Average Roof over her and her Family’s Head? Does she worry about who will take care of her and someone she cares about if she gets Injured or Sick? Or about how she is going to afford to pay for the God-Awful Obamacare Premiums? Or where she will get the money needed to cover the DEDUCTIBLE if she or someone in her Family needs Healthcare?
Does Megyn Kelly . . . at $20-Million Per Year, really need to worry about what would happen to her and her Family if she loses her job at FOX News? Remember Gretchen Carlson? When she left Fox News not that long ago . . . her Severance Package was $40-MILLION. That’s TWENTY TIMES what the average North American Family will EARN OVER A LIFETIME.
And what about the growing cost of Food at the Supermarket. How much impact do you think that has on Megyn Kelly?
AS I WROTE IN THE PRECEDING . . . I don’t begrudge these Monster Salaries to the “ENTERTAINERS” who consider themselves Journalists of one sort or another . . . BUT WHAT I DO BEGRUDGE – is when they pretend, or are so DELUDED with themselves as Megyn Kelly seems to be in one way or the other . . . or both, that she thinks she can actually RELATE to her audience, and has some kind of an OBLIGATION to the people who FAWN over her, when a salary of just $20-Million Dollars Per Year Isn’t Enough!
AS I WROTE IN THE HEADLINE . . . This Isn’t Just About Megyn Kelly . . . It’s About All Of Them – All the High Profile Media Types, who Rake-In EXORBITANT amounts of Money, who try to convince themselves as well as all of us, THAT THEY FEEL WHAT WE FEEL . . . which is nothing more than Sanctimonious BS.
And somehow . . . they seem to believe that what they’re doing is because they feel some sort of Obligation to the people who Listen, Read or Watch what they have to Write or Say, as long as they’re getting paid the Really Big Bucks to Write or Say whatever it is that puts the BIG MONEY into their Bank Accounts.
PLEASE DON’T GET ME WRONG . . . There are many RICH Media Types who I Truly Believe have an understanding and compassion for the “LITTLE PEOPLE”, but they are far and few between.
Think about this the next time you’re debating where you’ll take the Family for Supper, whether it will be to MacDonald’s, Red Lobster or Applebee’s . . . and where the Wealthy Media Types will be Dining, at Restaurants where the Meal Check would cost most people a Week’s Income.
I don’t have a Problem with that . . . BUT:
WHERE MOST OF US WILL GO TO EAT . . . we’ll see people just like us, Hard Working Folk enjoying a simple night-out, feeling BLESSED for the privilege, studying the menu to make sure we can afford what we want to eat, unlike The Media Types, who are Rubbing Shoulders with their Friends who generally are their Media Counterparts, and the People they WRITE or SPEAK About, such as the Politicians, Handlers and Lobbyists.
Anne and I have lived through some Horrible Financial Times, as we were trying to Find Ourselves after Marriage, while we were building our business and LIFE TOGETHER, driving a Jalopy, while eating Hamburger Helper. But we also lived through some Wonderful Prosperous Times, where we flew First Class and Dined At The Ritz. SO WE’RE NOT STRANGERS TO BOTH EXTREMES.
And Now . . . We’re content to live within our means like MOST People, feeling Blessed for what we have, SEEING THE WORLD THE WAY IT REALLY IS, while enjoying the relatively modest things we can afford, but always still worrying about tomorrow, since all of us are always just one step away from ruin, because of so many factors ranging from Money to Heath to Occurrences Beyond our Control, which is Pretty Much why I write as much as I do.
SO WHEN THE MEDIA . . . Especially the DIVAS in the Media, tell us what to think and why. And try to pass themselves off as one of us . . . the ONLY thing I See and Hear, is how much THESE LEGENDS IN THEIR OWN MINDS have forgotten what the Media used to be all about, when it really meant something, and how each of them has CONTRIBUTED to the MESS our Countries (USA & Canada) have become. So they can earn the kind of money that separates them from us.
Best Regards . . . Howard Galganov