Letters to the Editor

Tuesday, July 14, 2009 at 12:00am

Clean up the dirty laundry

Now that most of the noted late entertainers, athletes and actors have been praised, vilified or sanctified by their worshipers, foes, fans and the media maybe I can call off my self imposed moratorium on the news media — television mostly — and all the hype from supposed close friends such as Jessie Jackson and Al Sharpton, whom I believe are just up to their usual game of grabbing the spotlight for themselves.

The coverage of Michael Jackson’s life and death has been the most shameful thing in the annals of news coverage. It has been a full-blown circus and irreverent tidal wave that has shown little mercy or compassion toward the family nor has it given them time to grieve privately.

Here in Nashville, the death of Steve McNair was shocking enough, but to air his dirty laundry the way it was done caused his wife and children the pain and suffering of adding insult to injury for his family.

It is extremely depressing to know that the mainstream media has gone ‘tabloid’ and are willing to exploit personal disasters regardless of harm inflicted just for ratings.

As or me, I am having none of it and will not listen to it anymore.

C.W.Clouse, 37209

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212 Comments on this post:

By: eastnashville37207 on 7/14/09 at 3:28

I think the media did an excellent job. Why should they pick and choose, they where both entertainers, why exclude McNair from his shaddy personal life? According to Clouse, who we all know is brilliant, claims it's ok to trash Jackson but not McNair. Something wrong with that picture.

By: idgaf on 7/14/09 at 4:27

They were catering to there audiance (read voters).

By: daKine7 on 7/14/09 at 4:49

The McNair tragedy was covered well by both Tennessean papers. It was front page in USA Today as well as many across the country. USA Today's story was more in depth than Tenn.'s. The worst display of anything or anyone was "Rev." Sharpton on The O'Reilly Factor discussing the life and meaning of Michael Jackson. Bill asked real softball questions and the "Rev." dodged all of them. According to him, Jackson is an iconic "god" to blacks, period.

By: house_of_pain on 7/14/09 at 5:19

Jackson : "Lord, it's a shame these 2 great men will never again be in the spotlight."

Sharpton : "Don't say that, Jesse. We'll find a way to get back in the headlines."

By: Kosh III on 7/14/09 at 6:23

They have become tabloids because the media is owned and controlled by large corporations with only one concern: profits. Real news and journalism is secondary.
It didn't start here either. Remember how the funeral of Princess Diana overshadowed the funeral of Mother Teresa. Which was more deserving of the most coverage?

By: dargent7 on 7/14/09 at 6:41

These media giants don't control human behavior. It's our attention span is 12 seconds long. Time and Newsweek have become like People and US magazines.
Name one family that has World Book on the shelf. I know it's on DVD and the internet, but how many kids read it? Less than 5%?

By: chiefpayne568 on 7/14/09 at 7:10

Minority Broadcasters Seek Federal Aid

By: Captain Nemo on 7/14/09 at 7:11

Good morning.

Verbal Cartoon

From the Bizzaro of BenDover.

In the beginning God created Capitalism and it was good, but God was now lonely. So then God created employers and it was good, but the employers were lonely. So God created employess this made the employers very happy, until they found out it was up to them to keep the employees happy.

God saw that this arrangement was very sad for this new life form. It had noting to do, so God created consumers.

By: Captain Nemo on 7/14/09 at 7:12

Good moning

Good point dargent. Fox News understood this and has captured the 10 second group.

By: chiefpayne568 on 7/14/09 at 7:28

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government rang up a $94.32 billion budget deficit in June, a record for the month, as the price tag for efforts to prop up the economy, banks and automakers mounted while revenues weakened.

The Treasury Department said on Monday that June marked the ninth straight month in which the government had run a deficit. In June 2008, the budget enjoyed a $33.55 billion surplus.

Through the first nine months of fiscal 2009, the government has racked up a $1.086 trillion deficit. That compares with a shortfall of only $285.85 billion in the comparable year-ago period, underscoring the sharp deterioration in the U.S. fiscal picture.

June budget gap $94.32 billion, record for June

By: Captain Nemo on 7/14/09 at 7:30

Verbal Cartoon

After being a week at sea looking for the Russian invasion and no sighting except for Limbaugh in the all natural, Sara thought of a new plan. Since the First Dude had been totally useless since the Limbaugh sighting she thought it would be better to return to Alaska and stop the invasion there.

To be continued.

By: chiefpayne568 on 7/14/09 at 7:30

U.S. mulling mortgage aid for unemployed

By: Captain Nemo on 7/14/09 at 7:35

By: idgaf on 7/14/09 at 5:27
They were catering to there audiance (read voters).

id is this the Jackson/McNair bill you are talking about?

By: chiefpayne568 on 7/14/09 at 7:42

Holy crap! 45%???!!! That's ridiculous! That's almost half all the income you make! May as well be in England!

Democrats Agree on Tax Hike to Fund Health Care

"The top federal tax rate currently stands at 35 percent, but Democrats have vowed to raise it to 39.6 percent next year, when cuts enacted during the Bush administration expire. Combined with other federal tax adjustments, the surtax could leave most taxpayers with annual incomes more than $350,000 facing top federal rates of at least 45 percent, said Robert Carroll, a senior fellow at the nonprofit Tax Foundation. "

By: dooley on 7/14/09 at 7:47

East nashville it is evident to everyone who reads your comments know that you are no where near brilliant. Id is like Einstein compared to you.

By: chiefpayne568 on 7/14/09 at 7:52

White House Dodges Question of Whether Obama Supports House Democrats' Plan for $540-Billion Income Tax Hike


By: Captain Nemo on 7/14/09 at 7:52

I was thinking something like that dooley, but to think eastnasty id dummer than id is a bit to much. lol

By: chiefpayne568 on 7/14/09 at 7:56

Mikulski Refuses to Add Language to Health Care Bill to Ban Funding of Abortion

(CNSNews.com) – During the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee hearing last week, Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) refused Sen. Orrin Hatch’s (R-Utah) request that she add language to the health care reform bill that would ban the funding of abortion.

The amendment in question requires insurers to contract with health providers that provide abortion.

When Hatch asked whether the bill would cover abortion clinics like Planned Parenthood, Mikulski said the bill would include “women’s health clinics that provide comprehensive services” and thus Planned Parenthood clinics.

By: Dragon on 7/14/09 at 8:01

Chief, that last one is a HUGE stumbling block. Remember that Obama promised to give people money to help pay for their private insurance. That language would mean that no one receiving the supplement would be able to have a policy that pays for abortion.

By: chiefpayne568 on 7/14/09 at 8:07


If they do fund abortion, they are going to have a fairly big fight over this. And that is something they don't want to have to deal with because it's going to be a tough fight to sell this to the US Senate as it is. Majority or not, not every Democratic Senator is for this and they will need every vote they can get to pass it.

With any luck, this issue will sink the blasted thing period.

By: Kosh III on 7/14/09 at 8:13


isn't that half of what the top rate was under the prosperous years of Eisenhower, who thought the rate was just fine?

By: chiefpayne568 on 7/14/09 at 8:19


ObamaCare Yay Or Nay? The Truth About Canada!

By: chiefpayne568 on 7/14/09 at 8:21


Oh yes indeed.

"Eisenhower believed that taxes could not be cut until the budget was balanced. "We cannot afford to reduce taxes, [and] reduce income," he said, "until we have in sight a program of expenditure that shows that the factors of income and outgo will be balanced." Eisenhower kept the national debt low and inflation near zero."


By: chiefpayne568 on 7/14/09 at 8:34


Oh and you can include 70% during Nixon's time too.

Still, what WERE they spending the money on?

By: chiefpayne568 on 7/14/09 at 8:39

Catastrophe - Obama's Broken Tax Promises

Interesting analysis by Dick Morris.

By: chiefpayne568 on 7/14/09 at 8:42

The Coming Tax Hike

Good read here.

By: Dragon on 7/14/09 at 8:49

It doesn't make sense. The White House website (under issues/taxes) claims this about the tax cuts in the stimulus bill; "About 1 Million jobs will be created or saved by these tax cuts alone"

So, if cutting taxes creates or saves jobs, what does raising taxes do?

By: Blanketnazi2 on 7/14/09 at 8:55

In other words, the nation must take the radical step of designing a much more modest military that fulfills only the Constitutional mandate to “provide for the common defense,” instead of maintaining a global armed presence and constantly intervening in the affairs of other nations—that is, being offensive. Adopting the more restrained foreign policy of a republic, instead of the current expansive posture of an empire, and significantly shrinking the standing armed forces would return America to the fine tradition of the nation’s founders.


By: Dragon on 7/14/09 at 8:59

The defense of our country no longer begins and ends at the border.

By: chiefpayne568 on 7/14/09 at 9:03

Well, looks like Mortimer Zuckerman over at the Wall Street Journal thinks things are worse than we are being told! He shows 10 reasons why he thinks we are in worse trouble than we're told.

The Economy Is Even Worse Than You Think
The average length of unemployment is higher than it's been since government began tracking the data in 1948.


By: Captain Nemo on 7/14/09 at 9:03


That will never fly with the right-wing nuts. They are the only ones in touch with God and God says It Is the American Way.

By: chiefpayne568 on 7/14/09 at 9:06

Sorry...Mr. Zuckerman is the chairman and editor in chief of the US News and World Report.

By: chiefpayne568 on 7/14/09 at 9:10

Obama Will Nearly Quadruple Deficit This Year

By: slacker on 7/14/09 at 9:13

nazi, that sounds good, should we removed our troops from South Korea?

By: slacker on 7/14/09 at 9:15

Hey pain, Vegas just released the over/under on football wins. Tn. Titans predicted to win 9 games.

By: chiefpayne568 on 7/14/09 at 9:19

So just how long will the the recovery will take??? Obama went from months to years in less than 2 weeks!

Obama says will take months to turn around economy
Jul 02, 2009 14:51 EDT

Obama: Recovery Will Take Years Not Months
Sunday, July 12, 2009

By: house_of_pain on 7/14/09 at 9:20

Over, slacker. Way over. I say 14.
Of course, I've picked them to win it all for the last 33 years.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 7/14/09 at 9:20

slacker, i think we need to closely look at all of our military spending and determine what can be cut.

By: Captain Nemo on 7/14/09 at 9:21

I would think removing our troops from South Korea would be a very bad thing to do at this time. Especially after the mess Bush let it get in.

By: MamaG on 7/14/09 at 9:21

Today's letter was pretty good but we all know what a circus the media actually is. What I find stupid is this, by eastnashville37207 (wrong zip code, btw):
"According to Clouse, who we all know is brilliant, claims it's ok to trash Jackson but not McNair."

Nowhere in the LTE did he claim it was okay to trash Jackson. You should put your glasses on or something before posting your comments.

By: chiefpayne568 on 7/14/09 at 9:22


Better yet, why not just pull all our troops overseas back here and then reduce the number of military members? After all, it's not like we are needed in South Korea, Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait, et al. They can all fend for themselves, right?

By: chiefpayne568 on 7/14/09 at 9:26

Gee, what a SHOCK.

Some economists warn Barack Obama's economic predictions too optimistic


"Christina Romer, chairwoman of the White House’s Council of Economic Advisers, said in a POLITICO interview that the administration — like many independent economists — did not fully anticipate the severity and pace of this recession. She said the White House will be updating its official forecasts. "

By: Blanketnazi2 on 7/14/09 at 9:29

The reality is small businesses will benefit from comprehensive health care reform, not inflated earnings projections. The health reform legislation before Congress exempts small businesses from the requirement to provide coverage and offers a new Small Business Health Tax Credit to businesses that still provide insurance. Small business owners and their workers would also be able to purchase coverage through a new Health Insurance Exchange, where employees who currently lack coverage would have a choice of private or public coverage.

Republicans Falsely Argue That Surtax Would Disproportionally Affect Small Businesses

By: Captain Nemo on 7/14/09 at 9:30

Somewhere in rantville a little man inflate his ego.

By: gdiafante on 7/14/09 at 9:30

Titans will probably win at least 9 games, but they'll lose again in the playoffs.

By: gdiafante on 7/14/09 at 9:32

We shouldn't leave S. Korea, or Okinawa. They are strategic locations that need to be maintained.

The problem is fighting two wars at one time. Stupid.

By: chiefpayne568 on 7/14/09 at 9:33

Hey, maybe we could check out of the UN too...that would reduce costs because we wouldn't have to pay for that...and hey, let's drop out of NATO too...no need for that either.

By: Captain Nemo on 7/14/09 at 9:33

That is about the way it goes gdia.

By: slacker on 7/14/09 at 9:35

chief, not me, get on the blanketnazi, I suspect she was trying to instigate trouble. I say lets bomb everybody, good training.

By: Captain Nemo on 7/14/09 at 9:36


Especially if one of the wars was not needed. But stupid is what stupid is programed into to thinking.