Friday, February 6, 2009

The Devil and KGO NewsTalk Radio

Nothing pisses me off more than a so-called news source playing with the news. KGO is taking on that hue by playing devil’s advocate with the noisiest opinion of the day. This morning was no exception. For example, the latest prattle on the wires is that Obama is losing the “message” war with the right-wing Babel. So, yesterday Obama sounded off with some pretty straight talk about what the stimulus bill ought to be; that of creating jobs… period. So, instead of emphasizing what Obama said or assessing whether what he said had merit, the Babel focused on his temperament or whether he was throwing a tantrum or not. True to form, the KGO Morning News show with Ed Baxter and Jennifer Jones, with a Lynn Jimenez’s assist, plays devil’s advocate, not with what Obama said, but with the Babel’s take; i.e., whether he threw a fit or not. They, Ed and Jen, brought on some opinionator from somewhere to speak as a so-called expert on Obama’s message while they, Ed and Jen, questioned him on Obama’s temperament. It doesn’t matter that the expert accurately described Obama’s message and intent. The fact is that the lasting impression KGO gave is that Obama has an anger problem. The message was secondary.

So, in response to a previous email I sent Ed regarding these “devil advocate” positions the he and Jen frequently take, Ed responds that “he thinks KGO is fair.” Well of course he would, since it’s his job. I, of course, as a listener think he’s all wet and that KGO needs to take another look at how it addresses the latest Babel of opinion. It is, after all, only opinion and is noisily spewed out by people whose only skill at all is talking. Why would KGO side, even when playing the Devil’s Advocate game, with those who wish failure on President Obama when his failure will mean that we all fail? We are not in a game. We are in a severe downturn of the economy machine that maintains our very survival. Is it for ratings or his/her job? Is an argument of opinions worth continuing the paralysis of the decision process with more argument?

To listen to KGO Morning News one could begin to believe that the old Republican mantra of tax cuts is the one and only save all. Yet, out the other side of their mouth they wonder what is going to pay off the debt. Taxes pay off government debt. It’s the only thing that pays off that debt. Ah, but there is another argument against that too; cut the spending that will create the jobs. One would think that we would be happy to support our country, but it appears, per the KGO devil, that we’d rather have a tax cut.

Jobs, not tax cuts, are the most important part of the stimulus, and it’s already been proven that tax cuts do not create jobs; government projects will create jobs. Yet, the Babel cries about all the spending on these projects and deceives the public by calling it “pork.” I’ve looked through the bill, especially at the things being called pork, and it looks like 99% are needed investments in America infrastructure someplace in America. How is that pork? Calling it pork is just another deception by those who got us into this mess. Improving infrastructure creates jobs. Sewers don’t dig themselves. Concrete doesn’t mix itself. Computers don’t install themselves.

But, when Ed thinks he’s right and listeners are left out, I have very little hope of anyone else being heard and little hope that we will succeed. We are paralyzed by the continuing cacophony of Babel.

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