Ava and C.I.'s "TV: The continued demise of the media:"
It's two days before the election and Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are tied. The electorate is evenly split. "Too close to call," we are told. Yet many have been more than happy to use programs -- which are not their own soapboxes -- to attempt to influence and sway the election.
They just haven't been willing to do their jobs. For sitcoms and Saturday Night Live, that's make people laugh. For public affairs programming, that's cover the issues that matter.
The last years have seen the Iraq War and the Afghanistan War. It's funny that so many pretended to give a damn about service members. You may recall the "I'm against the war, not the warrior" type statements. Really?
Then where the hell is your coverage?
Krys Boyd thinks she's serving the public by whoring KERA's two hours each day for Barack Obama and by booking the author of a made-up-s**t?
She's not addressing the veterans who have returned wounded. She's not addressing veterans jobless rates. She's not addressing the long delays in VA care. She's not addressing any issues that really matter.
Dallas is a big city in Texas (the Dallas-Fort Worth area is considered the most populated in the state by the census). However, the capital of Texas is Austin. And The Austin-American Statesman offered a number of reports last month on veterans and suicide including "Suicide among veterans receiving less attention than active-duty deaths," "After returning home, many veterans get into motor vehicle accidents," "Which veterans are at highest risk for suicide?," "Researches look into possible causes of current 'epidemic' of suicide and PTSD" and "Scores of recent Texas war veterans have died of overdoses, suicides and vehicle crashes, investigation finds."
They can do that in Austin. But public radio out of Dallas is more concerned with offering an hour with an author whose book is filled with made up 'facts.'
We weren't aware an entertainment drought in the US, let alone one so mighty that it required public affairs programming to turn their back on public affairs and cover bulls**t instead.
But what we are aware of is that many men and women have returned from the battlefield in the last decade, seriously injured. Ourselves? We are against the wars. We never felt the need to add "but we love the warrior!" That's because why do that? Why mouth words? If you're supportive of veterans and their needs, your record will prove that.
We have a record -- here and at The Common Ills -- of support for veterans. That's left wing, that's right wing, that's radical, that's conservative veterans. We don't really care about the ideology. We care that promises made get kept. We care that people in need get help.
Alphas' primary mission is to entertain. It does do that. But as was pointed out to us last week when we were speaking to a veterans group, it's the only show that a roomful of veterans from today's wars (Iraq and Afghanistan) could point to that in the last months has even acknowledged some of what they go through. Go through. This isn't the distant past. If you are injured, not only are you adjusting to your injury, so are the people around you.
Good for Alphas and good for the SyFy network for stepping up. But how sad and telling of the world we now live in when public affairs programming would rather ignore the hundreds of thousands who have been wounded, the challenged and the disabled -- veteran and non-veteran populations, to instead focus day after day on the most trivial and trite topics while also trying to tell you how you must vote if you want to be considered 'cool' by these hosts who betray the public trust aspect of the public airwaves.
It that not some amazing writing?
The net's a lot richer for having Ava and C.I. as a writing team.
I didn't take part in the writing edition of Third except to help with two pieces. How come?
I needed time away from this never-ending election.
We had shrimp, hush puppies, cole slaw and a few other basics yesterday. Because we had a large number of church members in the house. Primarily older and elderly. My husband works on the get out the vote aspects for the Democratic Party each election cycle.. (Volunteers. He gives his time for this.) And so we were already having that and I just was not up to my entire Sunday being politics.
I'm so sick of the race.
That was interesting, the dinner.
One woman was my favorite. She's 74 and she's not voting for Barack.
She's not against it, she's for "marriage for any loving couple." She just think it is "weasley" of Barack to say he supports marriage equality but not lead on the issue. "He was elected to be president not Mr. Here Are My Personal Thoughts."
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"