Monday, September 15, 2008

It’s Official: Media to Blame for Everything

Posted By on Mon, Sep 15, 2008 at 2:15 PM

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Martha Blackburn’s logic is registered as a lethal weapon with the FBI Dear reader, it’s now official: The media has finally surpassed Washington, lawyers, Satan and liberals as the root of all evil. For evidence, we look no further than Middle Tennessee, which has recently suffered a rash of tragedies caused by the Televised & Printed Forces of Nefariousness. We begin with last week’s Vince Young Saga. After a particularly unstellar game, in which Vince threw with the accuracy of the Egyptian air force, it seems our hero went into something of an emotional tailspin, at which point he repeatedly used the word “suicide” in the company of his shrink. Alas, shrinks have a tendency to freak when their clients discuss whacking themselves. So she mentioned it to Titans coach Jeff Fisher, who happened to mention it to a police SWAT team, and all hell broke loose. Though we still don’t know the truth of the story – the Titans have been as forthcoming as the North Korean government – it all seems an honest case of youthful drama catapulted into crisis by worried friends. But who did Young blame? The media, of course. It overreacted. Then there was Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn, who’s suddenly running for editor of Ms. magazine. She’s been all over the media in the last week so she can blame the media for being mean to women. After Sarah Palin was made the Republican vice presidential nominee, it seems Marsha got in touch with in inner feminist, even invoking how mean the media was to Hillary Clinton. But when a reporter asked about her lack of sisterhood for Lady Clinton during the primary, Marsha got huffy. It was the media’s fault, she said. Had she spoken out earlier, we would have just ignored her. (We will now take a 10 minute break so you can recover from this assault of circuitous logic.) But the greatest Blame the Media incident came at the behest of Williamson County Republican Chairman Doug Grindstaff. On the party website, he wrote about a case in which two Kurdish Pride gang members shot at a policeman. “There are 8,000 Kurdish immigrants here in Nashville trying to repay our hospitality by robbing us and dealing drugs,” he bellowed. “The outrage… did anyone see any coverage of this on any mainstream media??? Why not???” (Actually, Doug, we’re just waiting for the other 7,998 Kurds to get indicted.) Now the media’s even blaming the media. We here at Pith are incensed that the media hasn’t covered the Williamson County GOP’s absence of minimum IQ standards for its chairmanship. It’s an outrage! Something should be done!

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