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Condemning the Crier

Condemning the Crier

I write this in response to the pathetic ramblings of your City Crier, who would be more aptly named Town Whiner. His recent (June 22) demagogic condemnation of a well-heeled wedding in Belle Meade, his allusions to Marie Antoinette tossing cake to the starving dogs of the revolution, his tone of imagined superiority, all reminded me of my buddies and me in the late 1960s spouting Marxist rhetoric as we dodged clouds of gas launched by the police.

Trouble is, these days such pap is passé except to the last bastions of ’60s-thinkers who’ve been assimilated into the wide umbrella of political correctness rampant on campuses and in the minds of envious have-nots. To tell you the truth, at first I thought the essay was ironic, but then, to my dismay, I saw that the writer was not that clever. He complains that the wedding couple invited no prison security guards or foster children. I wonder if he invited a bunch of them over for his own wedding, presuming he was able to find a like-minded mate willing to put up with his adolescent rantings.

This writer spitefully describes the open bar at the reception, the bountiful buffet, the bubbly, the orchestra (sounds great to me), and proposes that not for a nanosecond did any of the attendees give a thought to the budget crisis in Tennessee. Puh-leeze. This reminds me of an article I once read on political correctness in which a curator had notated, by a sweeping panorama of California’s Imperial Valley painted in the 1800s, “Yes, a lovely scene, but no mention or indication of the hordes of exploited migrant workers who would one day populate this valley.”

When I’m out playing golf at some lush, beautiful course, I’m not thinking about the budget crisis or the poor sap who has to mow the lawn out there. Only my hook. Excuse me for living. Grow up. Acknowledge your envy, make the proper apologies, and move on. Maybe some day you’ll be invited.

Pete Anderson (Nashville)

WTVF Through Rose-Colored Lenses

As a former 10-year employee of WTVF-TV/NewsChannel 5, I read Matt Pulle’s article, “The Resurgence of WKRN,” (June 29) with great interest. I didn’t mind his over-complimentary commentary. Indeed WKRN has made strong gains in recent years and should be commended for its recent quality reporting achievements. Two things, however, in Mr. Pulle’s article stood out to me as utterly ridiculous.

First, WKRN may have (finally) reached a new journalistic plateau in the realm of Nashville’s television reporting arena, but it is a plateau long ago achieved by its rivals WSMV and WTVF. If Mr. Pulle had been watching local news in Nashville for the past decade he would realize that quality television journalistic high-bars have been established and maintained by channels 4 and 5. For years, WKRN chased dumpster fires and ambulances and employed the help of Michael Turko to “investigate” local wrong-doers.

Secondly, Mr. Pulle noted that Storm Tracker 2000’s coverage of the 1998 tornado was to WKRN what the Gulf War was to CNN. This is erroneous. Storm Tracker 2000 was the first advanced weather system to hit Nashville, but its arrival was in 1997. A year later, in April of 1998, when the tornado hit Nashville (and WTVF-TV studios), all three stations had advanced radar technology in their forecasting arsenals and it was WTVF-TV (not WKRN) that garnered the most focus, attention, and accolades for its coverage of the disaster. Mr. Pulle may choose to ignore the fact that WTVF-TV was hit by the tornado, knocked briefly off of the air, then valiantly returned to the air with the most stunning local storm video ever recorded in Nashville. NewsChannel 5 broadcast unforgettable pictures from its Skycam tower and station that were so compelling that they lead the CBS Evening News with Dan Rather for two days. Mr. Pulle may choose to rewrite the history of Nashville television, but if he does, he should be more careful.

Bill Anderson, promotions manager, WTVR-TV (Richmond, Va.)

In Defense of Homer

I read the Opposite Sex column every week—from Houston, no less—and always enjoy Danny’s insights. You are right on with your assessment of The Real World; it is perhaps the most addictive, long-running show on TV. But please don’t cheapen your opinions by taking a shot at The Simpsons. Surely you’re kidding when you call it the “most mindless 30 minutes of spoon-fed sitcom jackassery on television.” Have you ever watched any UPN sitcoms? The Simpsons has to rank among the top three sitcoms of all time, both in terms of entertainment value and social commentary. And isn’t that what comedy is supposed to be? Shame on you, but keep up the otherwise fine work.

Tom Van Arsdel (Houston)

Ashford Doesn't Get It

For consecutive weeks, I have read Mr. Ashford’s misinformed, biased articles. He wrote that the public had a lack of acceptance of tax reform.

The public has been screwed every time taxes have been “reformed.” We need spending cuts. You don’t get it, and I am afraid our politicians don’t get it either. This country was founded by rugged individualists who threw off the yoke of tax slavery. You mistakenly believe those who receive a free ride on the boat have a right to steer.

Joey B. King, Davidson County Libertarian Party (Nashville)


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