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: Blanketnazi2 on 7/14/09 at 9:37

slacker, i'm not instigating trouble. i just think that out military spending is out of proportion.

By: chiefpayne568 on 7/14/09 at 9:37


Point is, if we are going to reduce the military overseas, then we'd have to check out of the net on those two organizations too.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 7/14/09 at 9:38

did anyone see the guy on the news last night who was billing Medicare for stuff that shouldn't have been submitted? to the tune of about $70K.

By: Dragon on 7/14/09 at 9:38

From an Obama speech six months ago:

Obama warned of dire consequences if Congress does not act soon, saying the crisis could "linger for years." He predicted that the steady decline would erode and eliminate everything from jobs to college educations to the country's standing in the world.
"In short, a bad situation could become dramatically worse," he said, delivering what was billed as a major economic address at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. Obama warned the unemployment rate could reach double digits and the nation "could lose a generation of potential and promise."

Now, the crisis will "linger for years" and unemployment will "reach double digits". But the defenders keep insisting that the stimulus is working as planned.

By: gdiafante on 7/14/09 at 9:40

...and Dragon continues his unhealthy obsession with Obama. You do realize he's married, right?

By: Captain Nemo on 7/14/09 at 9:42


If it was on Fox the fringe saw it. If it was not, then they have no idea what you are talking about.

By: gdiafante on 7/14/09 at 9:44

I've given up television Blanket. I either read, play with the kiddies or play Madden (the only way the Titans can ever win the SB).

By: Captain Nemo on 7/14/09 at 9:46


Being married has never stoped a Republican. toot toot

By: Blanketnazi2 on 7/14/09 at 9:46

g, i've pretty much moved to the news, PBS and sometimes the History channel. or A&E and the Toon Network.

i'm currently on a Cormac McCarthy kick. i read "The Road" in one day and "God's Child" in about two days. I'll finish "No Country for Old Men" tonight.

By: gdiafante on 7/14/09 at 9:47

Or Democrats Nemo. See Clinton.

By: slacker on 7/14/09 at 9:47

nazi, I saw it. He got probation, not a strong deterrent.
You sure you weren't trying to stir up the hawks?

By: gdiafante on 7/14/09 at 9:49

Yeah, I don't mind the History Channel, when they show something historical. I'm still reading John Adams. Every time I start making some progress I get sidetracked. I figure I'll finish it sometime during the Vancouver Olympics...

By: Blanketnazi2 on 7/14/09 at 9:49

slacker, it really ticked me off that he only got probation. but their reasoning is that if he's not in jail he can work and pay back the money. i sort of see with that but i dunno, i'm undecided on that.

i'm not stirring up the hawks. if we're talking about our deficit and the recession we need to see where we are spending money that we don't have and the military is a big part of that. can't i say that without creating an uproar?

By: Blanketnazi2 on 7/14/09 at 9:50

yeah, the History channel has some really lame shows these days. at least PBS ran The HIstory Detectives last night. i love that show.

By: slacker on 7/14/09 at 9:50

nazi, read John Updike's ''Rabbit'' series.

By: gdiafante on 7/14/09 at 9:50

No blanket you can't, it's only appropriate if you bash Obama with a barrage of useless links. Otherwise you're just a troublemaker.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 7/14/09 at 9:51

slacker, i have read some of the "Rabbit" series. Updike is a great writer.

By: Captain Nemo on 7/14/09 at 9:52

Clinton is a given gdia. lol

It is the Republicans that or the holy boloney.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 7/14/09 at 9:52

i'm actually the masochist that reads Faulkner for the joy of it. McCormack's writing is poetic and dark like Faulkner. i think that's the appeal.

By: Captain Nemo on 7/14/09 at 9:55

You all have fun today. I have got to go to work. See you later.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 7/14/09 at 9:55

The CIA withheld information from Congress about a secret counterterrorism program on orders from former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney, a leading U.S. senator said on Sunday.


By: gdiafante on 7/14/09 at 9:59

Yeah, read that this weekend Blanket. I wonder if Bush knew? Any guesses? LOL

By: slacker on 7/14/09 at 10:00

nazi, that's not the facts on that deal. This will draw Dick Cheney out again to refute it,
and he will. The Dems. are trying to give Pelosi cover.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 7/14/09 at 10:02

i don't know that i agree with that, slacker.

By: BenDover on 7/14/09 at 10:03

bn quoted…

"In other words, the nation must take the radical step of designing a much more modest military ... adopting the more restrained foreign policy of a republic... "


"We, the German Führer and Chancellor, and the British Prime Minister, have had a further meeting today and are agreed in recognizing that the question of Anglo-German relations is of the first importance for two countries and for Europe.

We regard the agreement signed last night and the Anglo-German Naval Agreement as symbolic of the desire of our two peoples never to go to war with one another again.

We are resolved that the method of consultation shall be the method adopted to deal with any other questions that may concern our two countries, and we are determined to continue our efforts to remove possible sources of difference, and thus to contribute to assure the peace of Europe.

My good friends this is the second time in our history that there has come back from Germany to Downing Street peace with honor. I believe it is peace in our time."

Nevil Chamberlain, September 30, 1938.

In March of the following year Hitler rolled over the rest of Czechoslovakia and began his full effort to conquer Europe and the World.

By: Dragon on 7/14/09 at 10:03

The man who ran the CIA from 2006 through January says he wasn't told by then-vice president Dick Cheney not to brief Congress about a covert program aimed at members of al-Qaida, NPR's Mary Louise Kelly reports.

Who are you going to believe, the former director of the CIA or the New York Times?

By: gdiafante on 7/14/09 at 10:04

We certainly know who you believe Dragon. And by the way, it was Panetta that said it, the Times reported it.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 7/14/09 at 10:07

Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein told Fox News Sunday that CIA Director Leon Panetta disclosed Cheney's involvement when he briefed members of Congress two weeks ago. She said Panetta told them he had canceled the program.

President Barack Obama appointed Panetta to head the agency early this year. The still-secret program, which The New York Times said never became operational, began after the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States.

News of Cheney's involvement, first reported by the Times late on Saturday, prompted an outpouring of criticism by Obama's fellow Democrats and support by rival Republicans in Congress.

Feinstein, chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said: "Director Panetta did brief us two weeks ago -- I believe it was on the 24th of June -- ... and, as had been reported, did tell us that he was told that the vice president had ordered that the program not be briefed to the Congress."

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

It never became operational. Move along, nothing to see here.

By: BenDover on 7/14/09 at 10:13

Oh God... more feigned outrage about another non-issue. The CIA planned to kill bin Laden if they got the opportunity. Geezzz…

By: gdiafante on 7/14/09 at 10:15

Yeah, and what Congress doesn't know, the better. C'mon Blanket....jeez...

By: Blanketnazi2 on 7/14/09 at 10:15

Ben, it's not a non-issue if what he was doing was intentionally kept secret from Congress.

I guess you could compare it to the outrage expressed over Clinton's BJ. On one had, it's just a BJ. But, geez, he PURJORED himself about it! So, technically it was against the law.

By: slacker on 7/14/09 at 10:16

Ben, economy not improving as predicted, come up with a Dick Cheney plot.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 7/14/09 at 10:16

plot? so you mean you don't think it's important?

By: gdiafante on 7/14/09 at 10:17

Apparently he did it on his own slacker. Nice try though.

By: BenDover on 7/14/09 at 10:18

My thought is, wow... is that the biggest non-impropriety they could come up with to offer Nancy shelter? I mean, sure, their buddies in the media will give them a bunch of headlines but she accused the CIA of lying to congress. I mean... hey throw her a bone there, Barrack... is that the best you can do?

By: gdiafante on 7/14/09 at 10:18

It's their guy Blanket, of course it's not important. And if proven correct, they'll trip over themselves to defend him, kinda like now. Yawn.

By: slacker on 7/14/09 at 10:23

gdiafante, didn't Leon Panetta state that the CIA did not lie to Pelosi?

By: Dragon on 7/14/09 at 10:24

Pelosi said Panetta said that someone told him that Chaney told someone.......

More disturbing is the fact that Panetta was in a classified briefing with Pelosi. It only took a couple weeks for classified information to be leaked to the NY Times. And Congress wonders why they are considered untrustworthy to keep secrets?

By: gdiafante on 7/14/09 at 10:24

I don't know slacker, and don't care, frankly. Life's too short to give a shit about this stuff all day, every day.

By: slacker on 7/14/09 at 10:28

gdiafante, you are correct sir, football season is near. The Titans will not cover the over.

By: gdiafante on 7/14/09 at 10:29

The first preseason game is against the Cowboys, yes? Titans better watch out, Romo broke up with Jessica...they should win the Super Bowl now...

By: Blanketnazi2 on 7/14/09 at 10:33

White House Teleprompter Shatters, Obama Miraculously Carries On


By: slacker on 7/14/09 at 10:33

Believe its Buffalo.

By: slacker on 7/14/09 at 10:36

nazi, oh isn't he wonderful, carried on without a prompter, the man is a genius.

By: gdiafante on 7/14/09 at 10:36

Oh, maybe that's the first game in the new Texas Stadium I'm thinking about. Either way, thank God it's almost August.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 7/14/09 at 10:39

woman in America was accidentally shot while sitting on the toilet when the person in the next toilet cubicle dropped their gun.

53-year-old Janifer Bliss was sitting in the cubicle in a hotel bathroom in Tampa, Florida when she was hit in the leg by the stray bullet.

According to authorities, the woman in the next cubicle accidentally let her handgun fall out of her waist holster, and it fired when it hit the ground. Bliss was taken to hospital for treatment, although her injuries were not serious.

The 56-year-old woman who dropped the gun did have a concealed weapons permit, police say. The State Attorney's Office is considering whether or not to bring charges against the gun-dropping woman.


Wow, now we need to discuss whether or not you can lawfully carry a concealed weapon into the restroom - lol!

By: slacker on 7/14/09 at 10:41

nazi, she should be charged with reckless endangerment.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 7/14/09 at 10:42

huh. i never thought of that.

By: slacker on 7/14/09 at 10:46

Yeah, charge her, take her permit.