This Coronavirus Is Bad Enough Without The Media Trying To Out-Sensationalize Each Other.
Most People Read & Listen To Headlines – Not to the Facts & Body of the Story. But then Again, in Today’s Media, the Body of the Story is Not Necessarily the Truth or is More Likely a Half Truth with Much of the Facts Not being Reported.
But Here’s The Rub . . .
When you Add-Up all the People who Read or Listen to the News, Compared to all the People Available to Read or Listen to the News, the Number of News Consumers is Very Small in Comparison – BUT . . .
THE BIG BUT . . . Is that Most People Today get their News Akin to when we were Children (Kids) Playing Broken Telephone – When one Kid Starts a Story & Whispers it into the Ear of the Kid Beside him or her, and then that Kid does the same Thing with the Kid Beside him or her as the Story is Passed along Amongst many Ears, Until Finally, the Last Kid has to Tell the Group what he or she heard Vis-A-Vis the Story.
And Inevitably . . . the Story from the Last Kid Usually Never Mirrors the Meaning of the Original Story from the First Kid. Generally, the Last Person to Hear the Story Doesn’t Even Relate Anything More than just a Similar Story from the Original.
So Imagine What Is Happening Every day . . . when Limited Consumers of the News are Fed Lies, Innuendos, Half-Truths & Not Fed All the Story, which is then Disseminated to the Whole of the Country by Ways & Means of Uninformed Conversation and Social Media (Twitter, Face Book, YouTube, Instagram – Etc), which becomes the FACT?
I was Writing an Editorial the Other Day, when I saw on the Bottom of the Screen (The Crawl) of the Muted TV Tuned to Fox News, a Headline that More or Less Read:
CDC Instructs People 60 & Older To Stock-Up On Food And Stay At Home.
Because I’m 70-Years Old, this Headline Carried a Significant Message (Warning) for Me & Many Tens of Millions of People in the USA, which Numbers in the Range of 50 To 60 Million People.
Anne Was Out Of The RV At The Time Walking Stryker. And when Anne Returned with Stryker, I told her What I had just Seen . . . Immediately, Anne Went to the Internet CDC Site to Read the Proclamation for Herself.
And What The Proclamation Said Was . . . Not Verbatim – But Pretty Much as close to Accurate as Possible . . . The CDC Wrote – If You’re Over The Age 60 & Have A Pre-Existing Condition Including Diabetes & An Immunity Problem, It Is Suggested That You Do Not Go Into Crowds, Stay Away From People Who Are Coughing & Sneezing, Take Precautions Like Washing Your Hands Regularly & Thoroughly & Have Enough Food In The House If You Have To Self-Quarantine.
What The Fox News Crawl Wrote & What The CDC Actually Wrote Couldn’t Possible Have Been More Different.
Then Yesterday (March 11, 2020), Anne & I went to Winn Dixie to Pick-Up a Few Items . . . And Being a Really Warm Florida Day & Not Wanting to Leave Stryker in the Truck with the Motor Running, the AC-On, the Windows Shut, the Doors Locked and a Message on both Front Side Windows which Reads . . . “AC IS ON – DOG IS OK”, I Chose Rather to Stay in the Truck with Stryker, while Anne went into the Grocery Store to Pick up the Few Items.
While Anne Was In Winn Dixie . . . I was Listening to Fox News on Sirius/XM Radio, when I Heard Harris Faulkner Say that Dr Anthony Fauci Said . . . “MILLIONS OF AMERICANS ARE GOING TO DIE FROM THE CORONAVIRUS”.
If That’s Not A Hair-Raising Headline? . . . Nothing Is.
So Again, I Told Anne What I Heard & Again Anne went Right to the Source . . . And What Dr Fauci Actually Said (To Paraphrase) Was: Millions Of Americans Could Become Infected By The Coronavirus If People Don’t Take The Proper Precautions.
That’s A Hell Of A Lot Different Than Millions Of Americans Are Going To Die.
So . . . If This Is The Kind Of Garbage Misinformation the Media is Peddling On Fox News, Imagine the Crap the People of the United States of America and Canada are being Fed by a Media which at Best should be Embarrassed, and at Worst should Just Shut Up.
There Is A Corresponding Audio Editorial Being Broadcast Today . . . And as I’ve Written & Broadcast in the Past, Broadcasting isn’t something I Like to Do, Mostly Because I speak from my Mind and my Heart. I have No Teleprompter, No Notes & No one to Feed Information in my Ear.
I Make Mistakes. I Occasionally Forget Names & Dates – But I Publish Anyways.
Before Listeners Start Correcting This Latest Broadcast . . . I Am Tired. There is a Whirlwind of Information Going through my Mind with too Many Names, Dates & Places to for me to Remember them all.
So Here’s A Few Pre-Listening Edits:
The Doctor’s Name I Couldn’t Remember Was . . . Dr Fauci.
The Fox Woman’s Name I Couldn’t Remember was Harris Faulkner.
The Date Of Pierre Elliott Trudeau’s War Measures Act Was October 1970.
And For The Get-Together In Kissimmee . . . That’s Been Postponed. But Anne & I Will Still Go Out & “Live”.
Best Regards . . . Howard Galganov