Thursday, January 1, 2009

Bailout Money Creates A Corporate Food Chain

Is there no end to the beggars for billions? Now Frank Nicastro (representative of Connecticut's 79th assembly district) is asking to save the local newspaper, The Bristol Press. The paper is in danger of folding due to millions of dollars...yes, of debt. "The media is a vitally important part of America," Nicastro said. Since this is a local paper, which covers news that larger papers as well as television and radio stations seem to overlook, Nicastro feels they are "entitled" to part of the bailout billions...which was earmarked for financial institutions.

Let's visit some definitions, shall we? Use them as you see fit.
bailout: a rescue from financial distress
handout: a portion of food, clothing, or money given to or as if to a beggar
cop out: an idiom meaning to avoid taking responsibility for an action or to avoid fulfilling a duty.

Former Miami Herald Editor, Tom Fiedler, who is now dean of Boston University's College of Communication, said, "I truly believe that no democracy can remain healthy without an equally healthy press...Thus it is in democracy's interest to support the press in the same sense that the human being doesn't hesitate to take medicine when his or her health is threatened." To this I say...Physician, heal thyself! The media has been "operating" in a bias-mode for years. To Mr. Fiedler and Representative Nicastro I will offer some advice. Utilize the internet! Publish your paper online to those who have an interest in the local news. You can still charge for services and get revenue from advertisers and readers. Isn't that where we are heading anyway? Additionally, the environmentalists will love you. This bailout money has created a corporate food chain based on the best sales pitch! I hope President-elect Obama is ready for some change...that is about how much money America will have left if we don't stop this madness.

Note: Tightrope walking without a net leaves only gravity to catch one's fall.

May God bless America...and may America deserve it!

Zanne Booker 01-02-09