There was a time, back in the prehistoric ages, when the news media covered real stories. They covered stories when real children were really in danger. Baby Jessica comes to mind. She was actually stuck in a hole for several days. This brings me to today’s news media. Some family with modest notoriety built some weird “weather balloon” which somehow untethered itself and begins to fly away. Now the hook, a six-year-old boy may be in the balloon! No major outlet mentions that the information comes from a young sibling.
The news media won’t report that an Arizona congressman stood up and and criticized the healthcare policy, which hasn’t even been finalized yet, with the dumbest, most idiotic statement yet. He said, “We’re getting full on Russian gulag, Soviet style gulags healthcare.” What? A gulag? How? The media doesn’t spend time calling out the stupidity of this congressman but instead spends over an hour looking at a balloon floating throughout the sky wondering if a six-year-old boy is in it. At one point, somebody thinks something fell from the balloon… was it the boy? Somebody hand me an emesis basin!! I think I’m going to throw up.
This isn’t conservatives versus liberals or the liberal media versus the Fox Noise Channel. This is just awful. Nobody did the basic research and asked who saw the boy get in the balloon? Can the balloon fly with a 40 or 50 pound six-year-old in it? Just breathless sensationalism, that’s all America gets these days. Walter Cronkite is already turning over in his grave.