“I think it’s a terrible shame that politics has become show business.”
– Sydney Pollack
My name is actually not a real name, per se. It’s a word that my parents turned into a name (which incidentally has enjoyed rising popularity in recent years, which makes me long to kidnap, rename, and adopt out any of these children who’ve stolen it, but I digress). I’m very fond of my name and when I see the word used anywhere I tend to get a bit excited. I was a vocabulary word in 8th grade, a fact both my teacher and I still find funny.
However, occasionally my name can cause me pain. Yesterday for example, as I was doing the laundry run and scanning through different radio stations I crossed paths with the Sean Hannity Show on talk radio. And he used my name. I felt unclean.
Politically I’m moderate and don’t associate myself with any parties (America needs a few more, I’m convinced, but that’s another post for another day) because I tend to agree with some things a party will support and strongly disagree with others. To be honest I think there must be a lot of people like me with opinions they’ve arrived at after lots of thought and examination. And if they’re like me they don’t like being herded by politicians or pundits into one camp or another for their own convenience.
However, I irrevocably and unequivocably hate Fox News, more specifically Fox Talk Show Hosts Claiming To Be News. I find them inflammatory and painful (like a bad rash) for their circular reporting and flagrant bias. Now, I understand that all news sources have a bias and that you need to be aware of that bias when you use them for information, but I maintain that Fox News is the only one to wave its around proudly and use the protection of free speech to declare their opinions fact. See here for further details. (Genius.) Oh, this too to expound.
And now, they are bringing on…Sarah Palin? Um, has anyone ever listened to this woman speak for any period of time?
All of which has nothing to do with my name, but it really got my goat!