Curtis Dahlgren
About TIME: Ted Koppel's J-school degree revoked, etc (Whassup?)
By Curtis Dahlgren
March 30, 2017

"You [talk radio] are bad for America because you're good at what you do." – Ted Koppel, to Sean Hannity

"GOD must have given common sense by the acre. That must be why people in highly populated areas seem to have so little of it."RANGE magazine

"There is no such thing as a New York intellectual establishment. It just looks that way from the outside [of it]." – Jason Epstein, Editor; Random House (1970s)

I sit in an office at 244 Madison Avenue,
And say to myself, You have a responsible job, havenue?
Ogden Nash, 1929 ("Spring Comes to Murray Hill")

"A newspaper may somewhat arrogantly assert that it prints 'all the news that's fit to print.' But no newspaper yet has been moved to declare at the end of each edition, 'That's the way it is . .'" – Sen. Eugene McCarthy

"The city room is an outhouse." – Jimmy Breslin

"Journalism is a kind of profession, or craft, or racket, for people who never wanted to grow up and go out into the real world." – Harry Reasoner

"The press is like the blackbirds in the fall – one flies off the telephone line, the others all fly away; and the other one comes back and sits down and they all circle and come down and sit in a row again." – Sen. Eugene McCarthy

"Journalists have been . . lured out of their normal and proper role and have become, not critics in the aisle, but actors on the stage." – Eric Sevareid

"As reporters, we should stay the hell out of politics and maintain a private position on any issue." – John Chancellor

"Our job is only to hold up the mirror – to tell and show the public what has happened . . " – Walter Cronkite

"Our major obligation is not to mistake slogans for solutions." – Edward R. Murrow

"Just report the news; don't encourage it." – conservatives forever

"Hitler said that he always knew you could buy the press. What he didn't know was that you could get them cheap." – Mort Sahl

"There are honest journalists like there are honest politicians. When bought, they stay bought." – Bill Moyers

EVEN BILL MOYERS would probably be embarrassed by modern "journalism" so-called. TIME magazine is trying to regain a degree of relevance and just published "IS TRUTH DEAD?" on its cover. If truth were dead, how would we be able to know that for sure? In a Sunday 3/26 Washington Times article by Robert Knight, he scanned some of the "intellectual establishment" issues covered by TIME. The following excerpt from the "Ideas" section by an unnamed writer just about says it all:

"Gender-segregated restrooms are one of the last absolute gender divides in our society, and they reinforce from a very early age the idea that women and men are fundamentally different."

Mr. Knight says, "Actually, that's been self-evident since the dawn of time and reinforced . . by all major religions and by the surging Hallmark Channel. For TIME to devote space to what amounts to insanity shows why more and more people distrust the 'legacy media'"! Which brings us back around to Ted Koppel.

In his "interview" with Hannity (only 70 seconds of an over-45 minute interview were televised), the obvious aim was to make Sean look bad and CBS look good. But such editing gives mixed results and I'm not alone in critiquing Koppel and Friends, and TIME magazine (is it dying?). Jesus spoke of Truth not as a possibility, but as an existing reality, and Pontius Pilate said:

"What is Truth?"

And as I believe Wm. Cowper noted, "He didn't wait for an answer."

A little poem inspired by Ogden Nash:


From year to year, people are Jekyll and Hyde;
It's a problem of pride deep down inside.
Hollywood has gone and jumped the shark;
Life and Liberty are nothing but a lark.

Who says we can make America great
When the comics on TV stay up so late?
The media snark is getting so dark
You can't see the forest for their bark.

You can tell a liberal, but you can't tell 'em much;
It's not that they're crazy, but they're sure out of touch!
The Donald's a dunce? But Hillary's hot?
If the Tea party's not, the D-party's what?

Great poems aren't made by people like me,
But even a tree knows which way is up.
Do thee?

Most of the news media quotations above are from Barbara Rowes' "The Book of Quotes" (1979)

Oh sorry ma'am, but just one more question: If you live in the Big City, are you more impressed by the man-made things than anything else? Many Big City dwellers consider the concept of an Intelligent Designer weird. Speaking of mixed results, my mouse just clicked on "Yahoo" and got two billion, 10 million, plus, results in less than half a second. By a mouse.

Now to me that's weird! But not as weird as a brain that thinks it can out-think its Designer.

One might be able to convince the skeptical by saying God is the most highly "evolved" existence in the most highly evolved universe (just kidding), but there aren't very many atheists in farming, horticulture, or fox holes.

A college kid told his pastor that he had given up believing in God because God didn't answer his prayers. The pastor says:

"How many of God's prayers have YOU answered?"

Enough said?

More to come.

© Curtis Dahlgren


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Curtis Dahlgren is semi-retired in southern Wisconsin, and is the author of "Massey-Harris 101." His career has had some rough similarities to one of his favorite writers, Ferrar Fenton... (more)


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