Monday, March 12, 2007


I don't know about you but I have been waging a love/hate battle with the news for over a year now. See, first it started out by my watching the news every chance I got and in between listing to the radio. I also learned how to access the news online. And if that wasn't good enough, then I could get constant updates on my cell phone...sigh.

Then, about a year ago I realized that all the news did was aggravate me and make my blood pressure go up. When did the news become a reality show rather than a program that informed people about what is going on in the world? When did the newscasters start having an 'agenda'?

When I was growing up we had the news every evening on TV at 6:00 and had at least one newspaper delivered to our doorstep daily. That was it. And still, people managed to get through their day.

A long time ago I realized that the newscasters were rooting for their own team and not simply broadcasting information. I'm not that naive. And I also realized that they gave their team a hell of a lot more coverage then the other guys.

But something in the lack of fairness pushed just one too many buttons in my heart and about a year ago I simply stopped watching and listening. Maybe I'm like that old ostrich, but know what? I don't care. I think our government is so corrupt that I'm ashamed. I think other governements are running a close second. So, how come nobody cares? How come it has become acceptable behaviour? How are we going to teach our children right from wrong if the leaders of the world are sleezy guys and gals?

And now for the ladies. Just before she died, Naomi Shemer announced on her deathbed that ooops she didn't write the music for Jerusalem of Gold! Hello! Now you tell me? A whole brilliant career thrown down the toilet? Are, I mean were you nuts? So you didn't write the music, so what! We would have understood. We didn't care.

Then a week or so ago, my friend Rena asked what I thought about the Noami Ragen scandal? 'What scandal?' I asked. 'You don't read the news?' she asked? 'I don't read it, I don't listen to it, I don't watch it.' 'So how do you know what's going on?'
'Don't worry,' I answered. 'Someone is always ready to tell me. And besides I always have Bubbie Channah who listens to Foxx News 24/7. Isn't is always Bubbie Channah who calls me and tells me everything? Good to have a Mom.

Nu, so what's going on with Naomi Ragen you ask? She is being sued by two people who claim that she plagerized/copied their books. Did she? Didn't she? I sure hope not. I like her books. I've read all her books.

So what do I watch, you ask? I watch reruns of Survivor...Guatemala is on now. And of course American Idol. And now we just got Heroes and The Ghost Whisperers. And Desperate Housewives are back with Gray's Anatomy. And when all fails, I have the Animal Planet channel where I watch my monkeys from Monkey World. Oh, and I still watch Crocodile Hunter and miss Steve Irwin AH.

Well, if you think I'm missing anything and should be informed, just drop me a line and I'll be glad to listen.

Have a great day...stay safe...and thanks for dropping in.


At 5:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The irony is that the news never seems to change - only the names of the idiots.

Just read the Jerusalem post archives from the 1950s.

It is amazing how consistantly consistant we are.

And how pathetic.

(all that is to say that you ain't missin' nuthin')

At 9:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Marallyn, you're missing something. But don't ask me what you missed, because I've stopped listening to the news, too.


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