In the aftermath of the election, I have seen people who normally are even-tempered and courteous writing messages that ought to be labeled with a skull and crossbones or a Mr. Yuk symbol.Â These folks are livid that Obama won the election and they are predicting dire consequences for pretty much the entire universe.
Where on earth do they get this sour point of view?Â Judging by what I’ve seen, Fox News is a primary culprit, but there are other “conservative” news sources contributing to the flow of bile as well.Â When Chris Wallace appeared on the Daily Show the other night, they played some clips of his Fox News colleages snickering about Obama’s aunt, the alleged illegal immigrant, and cattily wondering if she’s registered to vote.Â Chris Wallace had the good grace to look embarrassed.
Many of these same people greeted Dubya as a newfound saviour and gloated that their guy won, and told those of us who predicted he’d be a disaster to suck it up and get with the program.Â Now that the predictions have come true, they’re telling us Obama will be worse.Â Buh?
Oh, if Molly Ivins were only still with us.Â She’d set them straight in short order.
Last year, I wrote a series of posts titled “Ten ways to take a stand against ignorance.”Â There is a prologue of sorts here, and the main series starts here. One of the things I suggested was that we learn something new every day. In today’s Productivity 501 blog, one that I read every day precisely because it’s a good way to learn new things, author Mark Shead says much the same thing: Stretch yourself.
We now have an opportunity to make progress and rectify some of the wrongs of the past.Â It won’t happen overnight, but if we-the-people pull together, we can prove to the naysayers that it’s long past time they pulled the plug on Fox News.
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