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Notes and observations

Journalists tell the stories of the world

“They’re just journalists.”

“Newspapers suck.”

“You’re all a bunch of communists who are in the tank for Obama.”

You love government, you hate business. You despise cops.”

Go ahead. Say it. Repeat a stereotype about journalists. Tell your friends, your enemies, your minister. Write it in a letter to the newspaper; they’ll print it.

Call Fox News and tell them your local newspaper is a pack of lies by bleeding hearts, and maybe what happened in France on Jan. 7, 2015, needs to happen in your town.

Go ahead. Do it.

We have democracy for lots of reasons. Our military defends the nation and its institutions and values. Our police defend our streets and our property. Our fire departments come if we have a medical emergency or a fire. (All, by the way, work for the government at some level.)

Journalists?

Well, who needs our daily fish-wrapper? It’s narrower than it used to be, there are fewer reporters on the beat, and man did you see that mistake in a headline on page A7 the other day? They must have morons working there.

Oh, that’s right, you stopped getting the paper 10 years ago. You can get it for free online. That’s all it’s worth.

The news is all liberal-biased anyway, and anyone still working in journalism today probably deserves to be unemployed anyway. They’re always spreading stories.

There’s a lot that can be said about Charlie Hebdo, the hunor newspaper in Paris where 12 journalists were killed by Muslim radicals. You might say, they asked for it.

According to an article in The New York Times:

“An amateur video of the assailants’ subsequent gunfight with the police showed the men shouting, ‘We have avenged the Prophet Muhammad. We have killed Charlie Hebdo!’ The video, the source of which could not be verified, also showed the gunmen killing a police officer as he lay wounded on a nearby street.”

Today, Je suis Charlie.

People like to attack Muslims, too. I remember when I lived in Gainesville and there was an Islamic center on one of the main drags. I never went there, but I heard that the people were friendly and welcoming, hosting open houses where you could come in, visit, take a tour, talk to the people and even have a free meal.

Some might say, “That’s how they draw you in,” but there was never any Muslim violence in Gainesville. There was more violence after University of Florida football games than there ever was at the Islamic Center in Gainesville.

We should all keep this in mind, also from the Times:

“Dalil Boubakeur, the rector of the Grand Mosque in Paris, one of France’s largest, expressed horror at the assault on Charlie Hebdo. ‘We are shocked and surprised that something like this could happen in the center of Paris. But where are we?’ he was quoted as saying by Europe1, a radio broadcaster.
“ ‘We strongly condemn these kinds of acts and we expect the authorities to take the most appropriate measures.’ He added: ‘This is a deafening declaration of war. Times have changed, and we are now entering a new era of confrontation.’ ”

Twelve people died in the violence at the newspaper, spread by automatic weapons, while at their jobs.

I am with them tonight in spirit. On Friday, I’ll head to work and remember to be glad that we have police to protect us from the crazies who want us to stop publishing the news.

Je suis Charlie.

 

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January 7, 2015 - Posted by | Living in the modern age, Politics | , , , ,

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