Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Little Stevie's Little Anti-Media Rant

Record producer, Songwriter, Musician, Actor, and Huffington Post Contributor Steven Van Zandt knows who's to blame for the debt ceiling crisis:
When people are looking for a place to point the finger after this disaster or near disaster they should look no further than the Media.

When did their job become spewing out contradictory information 24/7, serving no one except for their aggravatingly plentiful and endlessly annoying advertisers?

All they had to do was have an objective, truly knowledgeable expert available to explain the facts to the general public to help them understand that even though the Tea Party people are saying things that make sense emotionally, the real facts are these -- If the debt ceiling isn't raised, obligations will not be met because this money we're talking about, which we don't have and need to borrow, has already been spent.
Quick question: Where did Stevie find out, if not through the media, the "real facts"?

As for our aggravatingly plentiful and endlessly annoying advertisers, we'd love to have more please. Business owners who buy time and ad space in on our tv stations and newspapers in hopes of getting consumers to buy their stuff. In the meantime, we provide news and commentary of interest to our readers/viewers/listeners around which our advertisers can advertise. But Mr. Van Zandt seems to think the "media" can be summed up by two people:
And all the Mary Matalins and Rush Limbaughs of the world that are telling us Aug. 2 is a meaningless date, made up by a Left Wing conspiracy, are wrong. You know, wrong. As in let's separate the educated facts from the mindless opinions. As in enough with the so-called balanced reporting already.
Yes! Let's get rid of "mindless opinions" and "balanced reporting." Just who should we put in charge of that? A new government czar in charge of providing a more mindful and unbalanced media? But Stevie is on a roll:
As most of the population suffers through life, barely surviving, disappointed and confused day after day, hopeless, wondering what happened to their strong and beautiful country, it is in the Media's power to restore, if not some of our quality of life, at least a bit of our peace of mind.
I fear Stevie is confusing the media with Prozac.
Since we can't have real democracy, or jobs, or a decent wage, or money that has any value, or affordable education, or real health care, or more importantly real health, at least let us have the emotional satisfaction of hating the right people for the right reasons!
Stevie makes it sound like we're all living in Botswana. Well, compared to him, a record producer, songwriter, musician, actor, Huffington Post Contributor, maybe we are. But this "emotional satisfaction" that he is looking for, has he tried Scientology, yet?
The Media has become just another meaningless bureaucratic institution that exists solely for the purpose of keeping the population distracted and diverted by the use of a constant barrage of bad news, intentionally or unintentionally designed to keep us from thinking, acting, and organizing, but mostly to remind us about those starving children in Africa, keeping us grateful that our miserable lives aren't any worse.
Hey, I haven't seen (or written) a story about those starving children in Africa for weeks. I've been distracted by all this media coverage of the debt ceiling "crisis." But if it is my job to get my fellow Americans to hate the right people, may I suggest we all agree to hate mindlessly arrogant, know-nothing musicians who pose as wise and thoughtful critics of our pathetically ignorant and misinformed society.

3 Comments:

Blogger Bob Bohne said...

Not to mention he has the fashion sense of Lady Gaga!

(note to Anon - check for spelling errors)

August 2, 2011 at 12:18 PM 
Blogger jake said...

Love the music of Bruce and the E Street Band.
But you gotta laugh at their lightweight politics.

August 2, 2011 at 1:59 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another pile of waste matter delivered to us by a self-important 'celebrity'. Good job, Gil with your interspersed comments...

P.S. Bob, you're on a roll. Two days with A+ grades.

August 2, 2011 at 6:44 PM 

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