Insulting the public

American journalists reach for new language lows that insult the intelligence of their readers. Recent comments by Fox News Shepard Smith give us another example. Admonishing us on the pending arrival of Hurricane Matthew near the East Coast Smith said that Fox News would not cover the funerals of people who died because they wouldn’t heed government warnings to evacuate the area.

I’m embarrassed to have the same name as this arrogant fool, but I’m sure he is not related to my family. Aside from the fact that Smith’s comment was inappropriate as journalism, it insulted people who make decisions based on their own judgment and best interest. Americans are not sheep to be herded around by bureaucrats and reporters that dutifully follow their dictates.

Each of us adults facing these events gathers and process information we need to make the crucial decision about our personal safety. We talk to family and neighbors, we read news reports; we watch the non-stop (often exaggerated) reports on TV and radio; we rely on experience (my wife and I have survived six hurricanes and numerous tropical storms here near the North Carolina coast in the past twenty years. In the one case when we evacuated, we and our neighbors faced more hazards than if we had stayed home); and we judge the credibility and motives of the people who claim they are trying to protect us—we know that most of the “ruling class” and media are self-serving .

We don’t need government agents and media mavens to lecture us as though we are children or wards of the state. It’s appalling that these people presume we are too stupid to take care of ourselves. We need information, but we don’t want their unsolicited advice.

Unfortunately, Americans are rapidly buying into the threats of a liberty-denying nanny-state: government agents and media surrogates tell us where it’s best for us to live, work and play; where our children should be schooled and how to seat them in an automobile; what we should eat and drink; and even with whom we should associate and what to think. Entire federal and State agencies, set up to control our social and work activities, proliferate and pump out propaganda through the “advertising council” daily over the radio.

The pompous public asses who presume to know how we should act and think should manage their own lives and stay out of ours. I, for one, resent being bullied, coerced, intimidated and threatened by media mouths and directorates.

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About R. E. Smith Jr.

Mr. Smith writes essays and commentary on politics, American history, environment, higher education and culture. He's been published in print media and at blog sites for about 25 years. Smith's formal education includes B.S. and M.S. degrees from the State University of New York and Syracuse University. He has earned a 21-credit hour Certificate in Professional Writing from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. Training/work experience: NYS Ranger School; U. S. Army, Corp of Engineers; soil scientist and forester with USDA; Assoc. Professor at SUNY; real estate agent; small business owner.
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