Tuesday, July 07, 2009

America's Loss

A thought worth thinking about:

My nephew, Brian Bradshaw, was killed by an explosive device in Afghanistan on June 25, the same day that Michael Jackson died. Mr. Jackson received days of wall-to-wall coverage in the media. Where was the coverage of my nephew or the other soldiers who died that week? There were several of them, and our family crossed paths with the family of another fallen soldier at Dover Air Force Base, where the bodies come “home.” Only the media in Brian's hometown [in Washington State] and where he was stationed before his deployment [Alaska] covered his death.
I understand Michael Jackson's influence is tremendous; that he's touched millions of lives. That he should be judged on the whole complexity of his life, and not remembered solely on allegations of child molestation. If he's done any harm in the world, he also did an enormous amount of good, which included generous donations to charity.

I wasn't a big fan of his music. And I certainly thought he was bizarre. I have great difficulty looking at anyone who has had as much plastic surgery as he had without my stomach churning.

But there's something disconcerting with this level of attention. Jackson's death not only eclipsed the deaths of Ed McMahon and Farrah Fawcett in fan-driven media coverage, but it also bumped the aftermath of the Iranian election off item #1 in the news.

There's also something extremely weird about our human condition, where entertainment celebrities are held to exalted worship while soldiers who are fighting and dying to defend our way of life remain faceless and nameless as far as media coverage is concerned.

Of course, interest level drives the ratings; so we can fault our own selves as much as blame the media for not driving the news stories worth knowing.

Also, check out American Power regarding the circus atmosphere and cost to the city of LA (isn't the state of California bankrupt, already?).


CJ posted this Glenn Beck segment:

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Blogger The Liberal Lie The Conservative Truth said...

I agree Word and posted as such today at my place.

My thoughts are with you and your family for the loss of your nephew. Though it does not express in words the full measure of what your nephew did for our country, thank you and your family for his life and the sacrifice he made in service to all of us who live free because of heroes like your nephew!

Tuesday, July 07, 2009 9:41:00 PM  
Blogger Chuck said...

I'm way past done with this news. I simply turned of Fox this morning when they began their coverage of him.

You are right about society though, how else can you explain the interest in Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton, etc?

Wednesday, July 08, 2009 7:00:00 AM  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

This improper focus may actually increase; people will be attempting to divert their focus or preoccupation with bad news even more, when living conditions become even worse with taxes and inflation. There is that reason for this, amongst many others.


Wednesday, July 08, 2009 7:09:00 AM  
Blogger Tom said...

My condolences on the loss of your nephew. I pray that his family will find peace and pride in his service.

I agree - the coverage on MJ was excessive.

Wednesday, July 08, 2009 1:10:00 PM  

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