Ever get in a situation or a conversation where you cannot comprehend the other person’s point of view?
Years ago when I was in journalism school, we had to debate about Clarence Thomas prior to his being appointed and approved to be on the Supreme Court. When it was time for me to oppose my own argument, I couldn’t. That was an eye opener. It was a very important exercise for me as a newspaper reporter to seek out all opinions, all perspectives, when it came to writing a story — and then to step out of it and report without prejudice.
It is interesting to me that a news outlet such as FOX, which refers to itself as fair and balanced, has such a huge following. Interesting because it produces a POV that provides meaning and value to their viewers who take comfort in hearing that what they are being served is fair and balanced.
It is also interesting to me that I’m considered a smug liberal hippy chick because I don’t embrace the FOX culture. You see, because I understand the FOX culture, I cannot embrace it. But I can appreciate it, I can observe it, and I can be prepared for the next debate.
While We The People were asleep at the switch, through a series of brazen assumptions and cobbling together of dubious legal precedent, what we now laughably call ‘The Media’ suddenly is also part of the Press. Electronic media hoodwinked us into thinking they were the direct descendant of and legitimate heir to newsprint. Usurpers! Never mind that they use the public airwaves as circulation delivery vans. Now a loathsome pimple like Dan Rather, or a screech-owl like Nancy Grace can prattle on under the protection of the Constitution of the United States. I mean, you don’t have to drop two quarters in the news rack if you don’t like the editorial position of the Honolulu Star-tiser, hell, most of the time it won’t even open if you do. But there’s no way you can avoid CBS, CNN or FOX.