This guy Fischer knows what he's talking about. The media became so full of themselves from the 9/11 ratings they just wont fuckin tone a down a notch and give us a little breather here. <i>I've made it a studied point to watch the major cable news channels the last several months, and like many of us, I've watched fairly regularly since 9/11. I've seen the news become much more alarmist since then, even without cause. Lately, it's due to the tension building over Iraq. But it's more than that.
It’s as if now that we’ve seen what “news” can be – how horrible and riveting – the cable news channels don’t want to notch it down. Perhaps because Fox News is running crosshairs over its screen and “Terror Alert: High” tickers all day long, the other news channels remain alarmist in order to rivet viewers, too.
Whatever the cause, the news media hasn’t exhaled since 9/11. Does this reflect that the United States hasn’t exhaled? Perhaps. And that’s dangerous. Why? Partly because we’re obsessed with destroying a hate that we may never be able to eliminate.
This column has a brief and modest objective, though: to offer a perspective that we haven’t heard from the media in a long time. The perspective that the world is generous, and most everyone in the world is kind. That we’re living longer and healthier. That there are so many reasons to be grateful. That more than 99.99% of the six billion people here are good people.
It’s a shame that we now spend so much time focused on the minutely tiny fraction of the world that wishes evil on others. Yes, they demand attention. But it’s a shame, since most people merely want to live in peace and are kind to others. And that never makes the news.
Let's bomb iraq and get rid of osama bin ladden. However this roosevelt's saying never sounded truer: All we have to fear is fear itself. It seems like everyone has forgotten that.