Thursday, February 10, 2011

The sky is falling . . . .!

Written on Tuesday, April 28, 2009 at 8:27pm

Anybody else want to take the media out behind the woodshed?

For the past year they've been driving me nuts! They're as much to blame for the bad economy as the banks and bad mortgages! I think we'd be well on our way to recovery if these guys thought for a moment instead of blasting doomsday headlines to get ratings. According to them (about two months ago), we should have all been arming ourselves with spears and growing large vegetable gardens because the economy was crumbling so fast- And then you'd think that everyone and their brother was unemployed but come to find out only 3 more people out of a hundred are collecting unemployment benefits compared to a year ago. What? But I thought they said . . .nope! Now I realize we've got problems, bad problems that take awhile to fix but any economist will agree that a large part of our current situation is due to the "fear factor" and we'll be on the path to recovery if people just don't stop believin' as the wise Journey sang- ; )

And now we've got the whole swine flu "pandemic" on our hands and the media says don't panic all the while publishing headlines like "CDC says U.S. swine flu deaths are likely as outbreak spreads." Are you serious? You'd think the black plague was knocking at our door! Like I tell my students, the normal flu kills 36,000 Americans a year. Ol' piggy flu has killed 165 so far out of the entire country of Mexico and the U.S. So what is to fear more? The regular flu looks a whole bunch scarier now doesn't it . . . .C'mon people! The other little known fact is that we have 50 million vaccinations for this "killer." So far 1,300 have been infected- that leaves a few vaccinations left over doesn't it?

Now I'm not saying that they don't report any good news- not at all. I'm just sick of the "selling panic for ratings" garbage that we've been submerged in for the past year or so. Ya with me?

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