Saturday, September 15, 2007

News (sic) Reporting

It is neither fun, nor rewarding to watch News Broadcasts here in the USA. What makes it worse is that it is rarely informative either.

More than anywhere else than I have experienced, it is slanted, biased and the worst of "lowest common denominator" I have witnessed.

The so-called News reports do little other than pander to an uneducated, and largely uncritical audience. That, at least, is the impression they give of the Broacasters respect for the viewers.

A case in point toninght. The local affiliate of ABC broadcast a piece about the falling school roles in Oklahoma. They attribute at least some of this to the latest round of Immigration Legislation passed by the Oklahoma Legislature, and will become law in November.

This particularly odious piece of law is both Un-Constitutional, and discriminatory; but that is another post. Clearly though, local community leaders and business have been reporting falling trade and numbers of Hispanic families coming here, and reports that, so far, up to 20 000 may have already left for more humanitarian States.

Of course the Extremists here see this as a victory .... and have little understanding of the concept of "Phyrric" None of this excuses News Channel 8 for it's story. They were suggesting that the Education and Social Services would benefit to the tune of $200 million anually, in Oklahoma, from reduced costs.

That assertion is both bogus and intellectually dishonest. Bogus because it simply isn't true, dishonest because they know it isn't true, and if they don't, then they are absolutely in the wrong business.

Last year, the IRS published figures that showed they received contributions totalling $56 Billion (yeah, you did read that right) from residents with no Social Security Number. Of these, an estimated 10 million people were adjudged to be illegal immigrants. No one particularly disputes these figures, even the Republicans seem to stipulate to them. Most estimates put the social costs of accommodating the same group of immigrants at around $26 Billion per year. Do the math!

What News Channel 8 seemed to be suggesting is that as Ford Motor Company might save around $7500 for every car they don't make, the company would indeed benefit from selling no cars at all.

Of course the "cost" of any operation is never, and never can be, judged by the investment, but only by the Return on the Investment. It is dishonest, willfully so, and rather stupid to suggest any other.

What is even worse is that others who trumpet the economics of the Madhouse, are elected to high office, and returned to office time and again.

There is a possibility that they are right, and I am wrong. News Channel 8 did little to persuade me of that tonight.

2 comments:

Dani said...

Right on!

You know it has always amazed me that journalists are so quick to bring up the First Amendment, but then so slow to actually report a whole story. I suppose that's what happens when ratings and profits direct the media voice...

Is immigration a problem? I suppose that depends on the way you look at it...
I am strongly against people who sneak into this country. However, I feel for anyone trying to get here the legal route. I think a lot of everyday citizens would be suprised at how hard (and expensive) it is to gain permission to be in this country.
I wonder if most people forget that this country has been populated by generations of people who wanted a better life! So why are the illegal immigrants now wrong, to simply want the exact same thing?

The inscription on the Statue of Liberty reads...

"Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me.
I lift my lamp beside the golden door."

What happened to compassion in this country? Why are we willing to donate money to feed the poor and homeless in other countries, but not help the ones who have shown the initiative to do something about their situation? I agree that maybe their solution is the wrong one, but I wonder how many of us would break the law if it were our children starving... I know I would...and without much remorse.

Hmm...you sure do stir things up Limey! But I like the way your mind works!
~Dani

Steve said...

Thanks Dani,

So, much more to you than Smirnoff Ice!

Nice to see it :)