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The Bubble Genius Bob & Chez Show 4/17/13


Our reactions to the Boston Marathon bombing; Desensitized to Horrible Things; Carnage video on endless loop; CNN and cable news botches the coverage; Three Stooges on CNN; Alex Jones and the Info Wars Cuckoo’s Nest; The ridiculous conspiracy theories; Hugely popular background checks legislation fails to pass the Senate; the NRA wins again; Steve Stockman and babies with guns; and much more. Brought to you by Bubble Genius and the Amazon Link.

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  • muselet

    Bob, I don’t think it’s desensitization as much as it is an attempt at self-preservation. When the September 11 attack happened, I spent pretty much the entire day staring blankly at the TV, waiting for someone to say whatever magic words would make it all not have happened. With the Boston bombings—and, for that matter, the Newtown massacre—I felt the need not to do that, not to try to absorb every detail of what happened, not to try to make sense of what happened. I’m not necessarily proud of it, but thus do I keep myself as sane as I am.

    And by doing so, I managed to avoid the abject stupidity of the instant reactions, which is no bad thing.

    No one knows how they’ll react in an emergency. I know exactly how I react to a small-scale emergency—two elderly relatives with serious medical problems is damned good training, which I don’t recommend to anyone—but to something like a bombing? No clue.

    Oh, Chez, you and your quaint notions of journalistic integrity! In all your years in the news industry, haven’t you learned the only thing that’s important is to be the first to air with something? Right, wrong, defamatory, doesn’t matter. What matters is being first. (Me, I want the head of every reporter, every producer and every news director who takes that attitude mounted on a pike and displayed outside the Newseum as a warning to others. Yes, I’m being metaphorical, but my patience wears thin.)

    PROTIP: If you’re doing a news broadcast and you have props, yer doin it rong.

    An actual serious thought (for once): is it possible that too many people working in broadcast news are focused on narrative instead of facts? Are the haircuts we see on the haunted fishtank (I’m being more than a little unfair, since there are a lot of print reporters who spin tales instead of reporting facts, but since most people get their news from the teevee machine …) more interested in telling a story than in telling us, the audience, what happened? Do we have to exclude from the pool of reporters anyone who got a grade above a D in any English Literature course?

    “You can’t talk somebody out of a conspiracy theory.” True dat.

    I have two very closely related reactions to Alex Jones and the rest of the conspiratorial clowns shrieking “false flag!” at the top of their lungs. See attached.

    Kevin Drum today pointed out that 90% of the public may support the idea of universal background checks, but very few of them care passionately about the issue.

    That said, of course every member of the Senate should be ashamed of himself/herself.

    Wake me when Steve Stockman says something worth paying attention to. I need a long nap.


    • ranger11

      I really feel for that first graphic. Trolls usually do not dampen my mood too much. But these conspiracy guys? Sucker-punch ’em in the throat and nuts at the same time!

  • D_C_Wilson

    So, is Wednesday night the new release time?