So there I was, sitting on the edge of my bed, trying to get my eyes open when the woman's words hit me like a slap in the face, or maybe a kick in the groin. It was the woman on TV. For reasons I can't explain, my tv was on the Fox News Channel. I swear I'll never let that happen again!
Let me explain that I was a tv news reporter and anchorman for 32 years of my life. For most of those years I was proud of what I did for a living but I did a slow turn in the last few years and came to be ashamed of how we used our precious air time to trick people into thinking they had heard some "news" when they actually hadn't heard anything useful at all. A few ten second sound-bites, sometimes taken completely out of context. Not nearly enough information to really have any meaning.
So anyway, back to this morning. A woman named Alisyn Camerota who I'm sure would tell you she is a journalist, was talking about yesterday's sentencing hearing for OJ Simpson. In her description of the incident at the Las Vegas hotel, she said these words, "They went in there with guns ablazing."
What? My eyes were suddenly wide open! It was as if I'd been awake for hours. I was as alert as if I was back in the newsroom again and heard a voice on the police scanner saying, "Shots fired, we have people down, send ambulances!"
But wait a minute. I've read, watched and listened to all this OJ coverage, just as millions of other people have, and I've never heard anything about guns "ablazing" in that room. In fact, I watched the live coverage of the sentencing yesterday and I'm pretty sure the judge had never heard anyone suggest there were guns "ablaze" in that room. She even spoke at length about how lucky Mr. Simpson should feel because the gun, or guns that were in the room were never fired.
As soon as the shock of hearing Ms. Camerota's words began to loosen its grip on my brain, anger took its place. It filled me with such a vengance that I swear I would've thrown something at the TV if I had the money to replace it.
I fired up the laptop and went in search of a website or blog or something affiliated with this Fox & Friends program or Ms. Camerota. I found a blog in her name and was pleased to see that there were people commenting about the stories being reported. I immediately posted this comment: " “THEY WENT IN THERE WITH GUNS A-BLAZIN…” !!!!!!! Are you kiding me? How can a person (Alison) who calls herself a reporter make it so freakin obvious that she has no clue what the facts of the story really are? APOLOGIZE FOR YOUR IGNORANCE. Nobody fired a gun in the Simpson incident, nobody has ever alleged that anybody fired a gun. Such ignorance is why people hate the media today."
Boy, that will get her attention and she'll be on the air offering an apology for her stupid remark, right? Nope. I did get a response. It says, "I’m sorry if I confused anyone. It’s just a figure of speech Ron. And “guns adrawn” isn’t common usage."
Oh my goodness. This is much more serious that I thought. She didn't just make an innocent mistake. She is really stupid and said what she said on purpose. Never mind that its a lie, it sounds really good!
Well, I had to respond to that, didn't I? I posted this remark, "When a reporter states such an obvious lie as “they went in there with guns ablazin..” like Alisyn did this morning when talking about the Simpson case, does it make anybody wonder how many other stories she lies about?"
Again, Alisyn herself responded. "You’re awfully exercised about this Ron. Is there something in your past you’d like to share? Did this hit too close to home? (and I don’t literally mean you were “hit” close to your “house”)."Now, I'm really frightened by the fact that this bimbo thinks my desire to hear the truth, instead of her sensationalized version of events, means there must be something dark and troublesome in my past!What is she suggesting with her inquiry, "Does this hit too close to home?"I have now been forced to live with that question in my mind all morning and I cannot figure out what she was thinking when she wrote that. Is it supposed to imply that perhaps I often run into hotel rooms with my guns "ablazing?" I don't understand. Now I fear I'm going to need professional help and its all because my damn tv was on Fox News Channel when I woke up.You can visit that blog, http://greenroom.blogs.foxnews.com/2008/12/06/saturday-morning-4/, at your own peril and you'll also see that I was also attacked by some of the Fox Fans for suggesting that Camerota should apologize for lying about what happened. They do not like it when someone suggests that truth is preferable to sensationalism. They don't like it at all. I firmly believe that the greatest threat facing our society today is not one that comes from beyond our borders, it is one that comes from our own media. I was attacked and insulted this morning because I asked for the truth. Thats frightening, and I'm really ashamed to say that I was ever a part of the news business. .