When the story broke in the UK about how News Corp’s News of the World illegally apprehended phone numbers and tapped in on calls, I ran to the scene as fast as I could and read everything I could. I sat on my thoughts for over 24 hours, as Abraham Lincoln had taught me, before I said a single word. I wrote up a status update indicting News Corp on my facebook account and just couldn’t press send. I believed what I wrote, but didn’t want to air it out to my facebook friends because you’re not supposed to talk politics, religion, sex, mathematics, philosophy, or anything that really interests me out there.
I slept on it another day and again I was still mad about how News Corp executives get away with pleads of ignorance about crimes that would send me to jail for the rest of my life if I tried the same defense. So I wrote that facebook post again and again I just couldn’t press send. I turned my facebook status post into a blog post that you may have seen here. But I still wanted to shout from the rooftops about how unfair it is that a media company that is so influential in proposing what a country talks about can so easily flip the bird at legality and operate with impunity. Writing the blog post made me feel better, but I still wanted to air it out on facebook, I couldn’t make my aggravation over the issue go away.
Finally, on Friday July 22, I let my facebook post rip. I believe everything I said, but still regret sending it. I mean, when I said that Rupert, James, and the red head should be sent to the pillory to rot in the sun and rain, I didn’t mean to say I wanted them dead, I just wanted them out there for a couple days to learn some humility before they were sent to jail for the same sentence a commoner would have received.
As I have documented about Charles Montesquieu, no one wants the truth. My own feeble virtue was naught but a lunatic’s rant to most people who read it. Lou Holtz, the famous football coach, once said: “never talk about your problems, 90% of people don’t care, and the other 10% are glad you have them”. I just couldn’t help it though, I posted my rant on facebook and I can’t take it back.
So, the weekend came and went and even after more reflection I just could not let the story go. I was reading about it on Google news but I noticed I hadn’t seen this story being broadcast like it started out. It was the top story on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams for three days in a row and then mysteriously stopped getting coverage. I thought to myself: Et tu NBC? Then I remembered that NBC’s parent company is General Electric and it made more sense that NBC wouldn’t cover that story anymore either; honor amongst thieves is an age-old tradition. NBC had literally ceased all coverage of this story.
As I searched for more reading material, I was reminded about the time when Judith Regan was having sex with NYC’s top cop and how the story just went away. I thought to myself: duh, this phone tapping story is just going to go away too. I guess I was so mad about it because my dad still watches Fox News and I love him so much. I hate that Fox News can put out lie after lie and spin after spin and just get away with it. I thought for sure they’d finally pull the lid off that rat’s nest and my dad wouldn’t be served propaganda anymore, I was a fool.
Then Amy Winehouse died and it became the top story of the world. A talented young woman with a horrible drug addiction finally succumbed to her demons. I understand the public sympathy, but when this story eclipsed every other story being broadcast in America and overshadowed a silly little flap about an international media conglomerate’s corruption that involved the top police chief and the country’s prime minister, I knew I needed to stand down.
Even though I completely believe News Corporation is a propaganda machine that Fidel Castro himself could only dream of emulating, I just have to let go. God grant me the strength to change the things I can, the serenity to accept the things I cannot, and the wisdom to know the difference. It’s time for me to wise up and carry on.