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Media, Government's Preoccupation With Trivia

Tuesday, 15 March 2005 12:00 AM

Speculation about an event three years away is absurd – given the uncertainties of life, some of those mentioned might not even be among the living by that time. Yet we are being bombarded with stories about Hillary and Condi and Rudy and John McCain and Jeb Bush even though both Condi and Jeb, for example, have made it abundantly clear that they are not interested.

Jeb wouldn't mind staying on as governor �" he likes the job and has been a superb governor but is barred from so doing. All he wants to do is go home to Miami and take a well-earned rest.

Condi does have ambitions, but they don't include spending four or eight years at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. What she really wants is the job of NFL Commissioner, and if offered the post she'd jump at it and never look back.

All of this footless speculation ignores the fact that somewhere out there lurks a GOP or Democrat who might suddenly emerge at the last minute and walk away with the prize.

Who the hell knows? Can't all those alleged political gurus in the media find something else worthwhile to write about and justify their bloated salaries while they wait for 2008 to roll around? Perhaps many of them might devote some time to reviewing how and where they went wrong time after time writing about the 2004 campaign, where John Kerry was their favorite and their projected winner.

There are other subjects now occupying the media's time, especially the broadcast variety. Prime among them is the case of Michael Jackson. World War II didn't get this much coverage. It's incessant, going on day and night ad infinitum. Ask yourself: Is the question of this media-created celebrity's guilt or innocence worth more than an occasional line or two in the gossip pages? Can't the media wait until he's freed or convicted?

Why can't they spend as much time and effort writing about things that really matter, things like the usurpation of legislative authority by a judiciary now assuming dictatorial powers and riding roughshod over the will of national and state legislative bodies and the American people who elected them and not judges to make laws?

We are being subjected to an avalanche of trivia in a time when civilization both here and abroad is under relentless attack by hordes of neo-barbarians who are determined to bring the world down to the level of savages untrammeled by any strictures of religious faith or traditional morals. Yet our principal sources of information waste our time on useless speculations and celebrity gossip.

And it's not just the media. At this moment the Committee on Government Reform of the United States House of Representatives is about to plunge into a fountain of trivia, sticking their noses into the sport – yes, the sport – of baseball on the excuse that some celebrity ballplayers are using steroids and that this somehow constitutes a dire threat to the welfare of the nation and must be exposed and dealt with at one of the highest levels of government, the Congress.

May I ask what Major League Baseball has to do with "government reform"?

The idea of having to watch this publicity-hungry cabal of legislators perform before the cameras is repellent – especially the prospect of having to watch that absurd little twerp Henry Waxman, the committee's ranking National Socialist Democrat Abortion Party's member, his silly little mustache quivering, display his outrage at a bunch of real men whose bats he couldn't lift and who have been, at best, naughty and even self-destructive.

Says Hollywood's curse on the Congress: "Steroid use in America is a significant problem. I believe this hearing will help us learn more about how pervasive it is, the steps Major League Baseball has taken to bring it under control, and any additional steps that may be necessary."

It may be a problem, Mr. Waxman, but it isn't worth two seconds of the time of the U.S. House of Representatives.

There are all sorts of burning issues facing the nation. Can't this committee, headed by Tom Davis, a normally sane Virginia Republican, address some of them? Like massive government over-regulation of our lives and fortunes, for example. That would be real government reform.

Have to go – MSNBC is about to give us the latest up-to-the-minute scoop on what's happening at the Michael Jackson trial. Wouldn't want to miss that.

Phil Brennan is a veteran journalist who writes for NewsMax.com. He is editor & publisher of Wednesday on the Web (http://www.pvbr.com) and was Washington columnist for National Review magazine in the 1960s. He also served as a staff aide for the House Republican Policy Committee and helped handle the Washington public relations operation for the Alaska Statehood Committee which won statehood for Alaska. He is also a trustee of the Lincoln Heritage Institute and a member of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers.

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