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A Jon Benet Ramsey Free Zone

There are times when it can be pretty embarrassing to be a member of the media, even when you’re working radio in the #172 largest/smallest market in the country. With the spotlight back on the Jon Benet Ramsey case, this is certainly one of them.

It has gotten to the point where I simply can’t turn on any kind of TV news outside of C-SPAN. You watch this MSNBC-CNN-FOX-CNN Headline garbage and it’s all the same — jon Benet and Jon Benet and more Jon Benet. Then local TV news in the major markets jump on board and keep it going. Just like with Natalie Holloway last year, and Chandra Levy before that, the media has dropped everything else to focus on this case and the newest revelations.

Which means no one is talking about Iraq and no one is discussing Lebanon and Israel and Iran and certainly no one is discussing President Bush and his actions to create a backdoor draft.

The problem is cable TV news and it’s thirst for news — any kind of news — on a 24/7 basis. And it’s a lot easier to cover something in LA than it is to send reporters to Iraq. Besides, we’ve all known for decades that sex sells and that is what is driving news decisions today.

I’m the old fart in the room, having grown up on Murrow and Cronkite and Huntley and Brinkley, Woodward & Bernstein and all that. Cronkite turned public opinion against a war. Woodward and Bernstein brought down a president.

Today it’s the media of the moment and all they care about is the sensational. I can’t have any part of it, so I organize a small, quiet protest, one tiny boat against the tide. We’ll remain a Jon Benet Ramsey free zone on my show. I’ll try to protect you from the onslaught.

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  1. Bob from San Luis
    August 23, 2006 at 7:47 am

    It is interesting that the “news” is now packaged as “media” instead of indicating either print or radio or t.v. news, we get “the media”. This seems to be a direct result of the consolidation of the entertainment and news services into more of an “infotainment”. Some have offered speculation that because of the rigid nature of these mega-corporations, there is an absolute control over what gets reported, what story gets pushed and which stories get ignored. The political implications are enormous of course; bad news coming out about a favorite politician? No problem, find a missing white woman or we learn the middle name of a murder suspect or or or…..ad nauseam. Real stories, real journalism is either ignored or, it is held up contemptuously as though the reporter or journalist is some sort of whacko or partisan. The “entertainers” who definitely have an agenda (national and regional talk radio show “hosts”) gleefully wade into reciting talking points by their political party and more importantly, character assassination of those who disagree with their viewpoint. It is all interconnected, with an overall effect of stifling reasoned debate and widening the partisan “gap”. Good on you Dave for avoiding the circus concerning “JBR”.

  2. Marilyn
    August 24, 2006 at 5:01 am

    We are being “dumbed down” in preparation for an all-out war in the Middle East.

    The original plan of the Neo Cons is on track. Let us all cheer them and everyone in the Middle East, and all the warlike businesses on:

    Iran is flaunting: Allahu Akbar!

    Syria is threatening: They’re livid. Close all the borders!

    Hezbollah are waiting (they are very patient people and where else are they going to go? Israel?).

    Israel is still lying and scheming while chasing after everything that moves in Lebanon, but dammit, they keep hitting the other target, the one they care about more than Hezbollah does, the one that is 2 feet tall and drinks milk out of a bottle (Trivia: their commandos like to dress up as women sometimes. Ask Ehud Barak. He was great in “Queen Barak in Beirut.” I guess a Lebanese man was making goo goo eyes at him on the street).

    The Arab “street” is boiling. Watch out for the steam! It’s headed this way (after it sizzles a few behinds in Riyadh, Amman, Cairo and Kuwait). Therefore,

    Arab monarchs are shaking in their palaces and running to “mommy” (over here, yes here);

    Militias in Lebanon are arming (the Christian ones. They feel left out. After all, they ARE the true Phoenicians). Go for it Patriots!

    Spies and agitators (remember the Phoenix Program?)are roaming inside Lebanon and the rest of the Middle East in preparation for more assassinations and chaos. Shhhh. Check out your neighbor with the funny hairdo and the wooden leg.

    Iraq is forgotten and drenched in blood. We have put the Mongols to shame. Gengis Khan is rolling in his grave. He wants a piece of the action, dammit. Let’s dig him up.

    Gaza and the West Bank are a figment of our imagination.

    There are no Palestinians; we dreamt them all up.

    What was that country again? Oh, Afghanistan! That’s just a resort for our special forces inbetween cave excursions and raids on camels and donkeys. They deserve much needed rest after wallowing in the dirt chasing after, what was his name again?

    Bin Laden!!!!!! Astaghfirullah (I ain’t explaining that one. Look it up). We don’t “think much about him any more.” He’s a “non-issue;”
    Bye bye.

    Zarqawi is jealous of Nasrallah because he is getting all the attention; he’d better do something, quick! How many bombs can he plant in street markets in one hour? Someone, help him out before he strokes!

    The Marines: they don’t know if they’re coming or going. But the brightest bulb in Washington does and it ain’t sharing nothin’ with us (except asking us to save the money we don’t have to pay for our own healthcare and we can’t have sex without a special permit).

    Congress? I hear an eccchooooooooo… Are they back yet?

    Blackwater, Caci, Halliburton: they LOVE everybody to DEATH. They have great toys too. They live on another planet. Check out their ads.

    Jon Benet? What did I say before? Sex? Violence? Child beauty pageants (AKA kiddy porn)? They are good for business. God Bless America and the American Way so we can ram it down the throat of poor people here and around the world and make them feel thankful for all the blessings we are bringing them.

    Is it daylight yet?

    Marilyn Farhat.

  3. Anonymous
    August 24, 2006 at 4:49 pm

    You forgot the part about “death to infidels” and “Blood running in the streets.”

  4. Rich from Paso
    August 24, 2006 at 7:45 pm

    I think we should start a “Marilyn Farhat Lebanon Return Fund” so she can go home. Obviously, she misses her beloved Lebanon so much she needs to come on this blog and complain about the evil old United States and its evil President George Bush, the lapdog of the evil Zionist, freedom-hating, Palestinian/Lebanese/Hezbollah oppressing, Israel. I have $10 to spare. Who’s with me?

  5. Marilyn
    August 24, 2006 at 8:22 pm

    Hey Rich,

    I am flattered that you would think of my welfare, thank you , thank you, thank you! How much do you think you can raise? Can you do it in the next week? I’m kinda in a hurry.

    Or.

    I do have a suggestion if you really would like to help. Send the money to the victims of the Katrina hurricane who are still being fleeced by this government and the contractors.

    I was there helping 3 days after the hurricane struck. Trust me, they really need it and they would appreciate all the patriotic sentiments of their co-citizens.

    You can also start a “healthcare” fund for the 40 million Americans that do not have health insurance.

    Can any of those of you white overblown racist male bozos get off your high and mighty obsession and solve the problems facing all of us in a more civilized and logical way, instead of personally attacking others for their views and opinions and for who they are? But I forgot:

    Some men can’t handle anything beyond “if I can’t hump it, I have to kill it!”

    God help this country and the rest of the world.

    I can’t believe I just wasted my time responding to your asinine comment.

    There! Happy now?

    Marilyn Farhat.

  6. Bob
    August 24, 2006 at 9:51 pm

    And I quote: ‘Can any of those of you white overblown racist male bozos get off your high and mighty obsession’. Then you say ‘instead of personally attacking others for their views and opinions and for who they are?’. You can’t have it both ways, Marilyn. But with your attitude you sure try to.

  7. Marilyn
    August 25, 2006 at 12:08 am

    It is interesting how a piece of political satire or any other political disagreement can generate hateful comments.

    I think Rich’s statements towards me throughout have been hateful. I have refrained to this point from saying anything. But, I did it to make a point and I knew I was going to get grief for doing it.

    I truly believe there is extreme prejudice and racism on this board (with a few exceptions). There are those who try to play the “devil’s advocate, but are racists at heart and are intolerant and quick to jump at every opportunity to slam you instead of discussing the issues. This is very similar to what you see among some “liberals” who are selcetive about the causes they champion while they are completely racist about others.

    Let us be frank here and call a spade a spade. There are many people, especially men, who are intolerant of vocal women. I heard it on the show, I read it on this board, and I get emails about it. I am not the only one noticing it.

    I do not mind occasional outbursts from anyone. I do not mind being called names every once in a while.
    However, when attacks become personal in nature and are constant, I have the right to say something (just once).

    Maybe I could have used a different word besides “bozo.” Would you have preferred “ignorant” instead? Is “ignorant” more non-judgemental?

    There is ignorance in the world and that is fine. But when that ignorance and racism start impacting people, they have to be addressed. Whenever we describe someone’s negative behavior, it is not going to sound good.

    Some posters cannot talk intelligently and, therefore, they have to put you down to hear themselves talk. I guess my last post was an attempt to say, “back off.”

    I was hoping there were smarter and more tolerant people on this forum (they are there but many are afraid to speak up), so I will make it easier for all of us, I will refuse to engage in such hate, but I had to have my say this once.

    I had my final say with Rich and his likes and their racist remarks and they can go back to their black notebooks and keep score.

    I am really disappointed with the quality of this forum. But there have been a few individuals and opinions I really appreciated hearing from. To those, thank you for your time and effort. I know none of you personally and I have no clue who you are, but your input was appreciated, especially on a difficult forum such as this one. There are opinions I disagree with but I respect those as long as the person making them does not get personal.

    And to Dave Congalton, thank you for your interest in having me on the show. I am glad I did it because there are many people who called me and said they were glad you did. At least, I got to share a different perspective and people were glad to hear it.

    However, I wish you had not posted that email I sent you. It was not meant for the public, but I guess that is the risk one takes when dealing with journalists.

    Good luck to you all.

    Marilyn Farhat.

  8. Rich from Paso
    August 25, 2006 at 1:48 am

    Marilyn, if you are truly interested in calling a spade a spade then stop all of your catterwalling and hate speech and speak honestly for once. Admit you hate America for its support of Israel that you also hate. I have not once been hateful to you, but you have been incredibly hateful to everyone in America. If you feel hated upon then that is your problem and your interpretation not based on anything I have said. I am just tired of your bitching and moaning about these corporations screwing these people or the vast “neocon” conspiracy, blah, blah, blah. We have enough of that from Bob and Dave to fill three blogs.

    Finally, if you don’t know me then how dare you call me the racist. Nothing I have said anywhere on this blog has been racist. All I have done is challenge some of your self-centered, sanctamonious carping and whining. If your beloved Lebanon had any werewithal to implement the UN resolution calling for the disarmament of Hezbollah, then Israel would not have had an enemy to fight on your beloved Lebanese soil, simple as that. But I suppose that your retort is that if Israel didn’t exist then there would not have been an enemy to fight in Palestine, right?

  9. The New Tone of San Luis Obispo
    August 25, 2006 at 6:39 am

    And Marilyn,

    You can take you health care and shove it! I don’t want the government or any other entity taking others money and giving me some of it so I can go to a DMV style medical office. I happen to be self employed. I happen to have insurance for my and my family, to cover me if something MAJOR should happen. Otherwise, I pay for it myself! Whoa! I am responsible. Health care for whatever care you think you need for the day is not a right, nor should it be. No one in the US is denied service. Not so in Mexico, Cuba, or Syria can say that.

    I have no problem with vocal women speaking their opinion. I have a problem when vocal women spout their opinion when they say they are open minded but are just saying that to hear themselves talk. It also drives me crazy when Dave and others fall all over themselves to say how bright, articulate, and smart women like Michelle D., Santa Maria Style Bill, and Marilyn are when all they do is repeat the latest text from the daily Kuz. Trust me, they are just repeating what the Kos gods tell them to. Verified.

    Till the next time, The Newt One.

  10. Rich from Paso
    August 25, 2006 at 4:40 pm

    Marilyn is just another liberal whack job with the distinction of being from Lebanon. Nuff said.

  11. rob in los osos
    August 27, 2006 at 5:48 am

    Rich

    I for one appreciate Marilyns point of view. There are two sides to everything, and if you took the time to actually read and try to understand the other side, you might expand your worldview. I know that after reading some of your earlier posts that I have learned much from you – although I dont necessarily agree with your point of view, I give you the benefit of the doubt and read and try to appreciate your POV.
    I don’t appreciate your use of the the term liberal whack job.
    I consider myself liberal – am I a whack job too? I used to think your posts were articulate, but lately you’ve descended into a mudslinger. What happened?

  12. rob in los osos
    August 27, 2006 at 5:55 am

    marilyn-

    we’re not all like Rich and new tone. There are many here who listen to and respect your point of view. I for one have learned much from hearing you and it has made me follow up and learn more about both sides of the conflict. Don’t let these people get you down. We’re still a great country despite our current adinistration, and hopefully we can get back to that.

  13. The New Tone of San Luis Obispo
    August 27, 2006 at 7:09 am

    Rob, Why am I not listening to marilyn’s when i refute her concerns about me not having health care, which I do not want the government taking from others to give to me so I will be a good citizen? Why am I mean because I challenge her point of view?

    Rob, You are a goof ball if you feel I need to think how thoughtful and intelligent someone who states…quote

    “Can any of those of you white overblown racist male bozos get off your high and mighty obsession and solve the problems facing all of us in a more civilized and logical way, instead of personally attacking others for their views and opinions and for who they are? But I forgot:

    Some men can’t handle anything beyond “if I can’t hump it, I have to kill it!” “

    I am not a racist for one and I deeply resent the accusation. I love people of all different types, shapes, colors, religions, and all. The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. encouraged us to judge not by the color of one’s skin, but by their character. The Dr. still wanted us to judge. To decide if a person has character. To consider. Do you agree, or do you resent judgement Rob? Do you have a problem when I may say “That person is not a good person” of “That person is not being honest and is a liar” Can you handle the truth Rob of Los Osos!

    Marilyn, I have never called you a name. Too bad you can’t back up your arguments any better than calling me a white racist. Oh yeah, some conservatives do have a solution for many of the ills of today. Ready? Responsibility. And…..killing off the people who are trying to kill you before they kill you. A dead terrorist is a terrorist that can be tolerated.

  14. Rich from Paso
    August 27, 2006 at 4:11 pm

    Rob,

    When I try to debate Marilyn on the issues between Lebanon, Hezbollah and Israel, all I get are Daily Kos talking points and anti-American crap. I suggested, as I heard her say on Dave’s show last Monday or Tuesday, taht she would galdly fly home to Lebanon today if the price was right. So, instead of listening to more of her anti-American rhetoric, I offered to help her out by starting a fund to help get her home. Instead, she just comes back with more from Daily Kos. I don’t need her telling me to give to Katrina relief, already gave at the office. Then she calls me a fat white bozo. What was with that? She slung the first mud. She uses racism while accusing New Tone and I of being racists, which is the furtherest thing from the truth. Another typical liberal tactic: lie, deny, counteraccuse and obfiscate about your opponent. Ad Hominem attacks from her were and are remain uncalled for. But her insistance on giving me the same old liberal pap makes her a liberal whack job. Now if you were to recite chapter and verse from the Daily Kos then you, too, would be a whack job. Right now, I don’t know anything about you to make a call one way or the other. Thanks for actually listening to the points I make, even if they don’t pursuad you to change your mind. I have been working on Bob for quite some time now and he still persists in thinking wrong like he does, but I still like him (haha).

  15. rob in los osos
    August 27, 2006 at 7:29 pm

    The thing that amazes me about all this back and forth is that we all reduce things down to an ‘us against them’ argument. Liberal vs conservative, repub vs dem, etc… This is exactly what is going to get us nowhere. As long as we continue this back and forth mudslinging, no one wins – the politicians remain in power, the corporations keep their huge profits, and WE THE PEOPLE, waste all our energy fighting amongst ourselves. Dont you people realize this????

  16. Rich from Paso
    August 27, 2006 at 11:32 pm

    Rob, unless we change our form of government or our economic system, there will always be politicians in power and corporations making profits. So, I don’t see what that has to do with our back and forth here. Energy wasted is energy wasted. For me this is a hobby. For others, it could be their only social interaction. Point is: what exactly are you wanting to achieve here if not just a back and forth? Because none of us here are in a position to affect either the politicians or the corporate profits.

  17. rob in los osos
    August 28, 2006 at 12:19 am

    rich

    if thats how you really feel then you are already lost.

  18. Rich from Paso
    August 28, 2006 at 2:28 am

    No, I am not lost, but you are deluded into thinking that anything on this blog actually matters in any way, shape, matter or form to what the rest of humanity calls “the real world”.

  19. Bob from San Luis
    August 29, 2006 at 6:36 am

    “A Jon Benet Ramsey Free Zone” – um, he’s not the killer? Was there someone from the Department of Homeland Security in Thailand when the “confessed killer” was arrested? Was this situation an example of the Bush Administration manipulating the meda, again?

  20. Rich from Paso
    August 29, 2006 at 2:17 pm

    No, Bob, it was probably a serial pediphile looking for a fre trip home at the City of Boulder’s expense.

    A little something about secrets and conspiracies, it’s what I call the “Rule of One”: The more people that know about a secret or conspiracy, the harder it is keep. If you are talking about the DHS, I say it is impossible to keep. Look at the CIA and the NYT working together to expose secrets.

  21. Rich from Paso
    September 5, 2006 at 5:03 pm

    So, Bob, who in the Bush Administration arranged for Steve Irwin to be assassinated by that Sting-Ray to knock which issue off of the front page?

    Still the craziest, most paranoid theory you’ve come up with yet.

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