Congress has it's share of crazies, just like all large groups or families. Living up to the adage, "it's better to be thought a fool than open your mouth and prove it," Michele Bachmann once again took away all doubt. After the denunciation of DOMA, the lame duck (or to many, just plain lame) Minnesota congresswoman proclaimed, "Marriage was created by the hand of God. No man, not even a Supreme Court (6 men, 3 women), can undo what a holy God has instituted." She would resume that line of attack later during a press conference, calling the Court's decisions "an affront to the Constitution."
Former Speaker Nancy Pelosi, when asked what she thought of Bachmann's intense denunciation earlier in the day of the Supreme Court's historic rulings in favor of gay marriage, replied with a shrug: "Who cares?"
How's that for some plain talk?
But go a step farther. Somehow the press finds it necessary to give coverage to whack-jobs and ass hats like Bachmann, spewing pure garbage, but neglects to adequately report on medical, scientific, environmental, discriminatory and economic issues that matter to us all. After all, the Voter Rights Act got five minutes of coverage and those stupid gay rights findings by SCOTUS were interfering with the real news -- the stuff on TMZ. Did you know that he 17 year old witness at the Zimmerman trial had her hair styled and bangs cut specifically for the trial at Demond D's Salon and that she was wearing a new dress off the rack from K-Mart? Now that's breaking news!
News organizations are sending 200 reporters to cover the Travon Martin case and the Aaron Hernandez murder arraignment. How many are actually on the border covering issues of the dangerous crossings there? The human coyotes raping, beating and robbing those who wish to chance crossing the border in search of a better life?
Starving U.S. children, crumbling American infrastructure, women's health issues, hijacking of state legislatures -- these hardly get a mention. When the Jody Arias sentencing hearings start up again in July, I wonder how many hundreds of reporters will be in Arizona. Human interest trumps human need to know. Maybe the press should be more concerned with what's really going on in order to produce well-informed citizens. It's certainly much more than just pablum for simpletons.
For those who care, give us news. Cover heroic efforts like Texas Senator Wendy Davis' standing up for women everywhere. How about some reporting on the tragedies of the human trafficking going on in this country? Or the inept LA police shooting randomly into groups of suspected marijuana users who at worst, should have been ticketed? Where's the public information on the struggles of the poverty stricken living among us? Are those just for the back pages of the editorial sections of the newspapers? Filler coverage for network news? For those who don't wish to think, give us Harvey Levin's TMZ or Michele Bachmann's blather on the steps of Capitol Hill. For those of us who do care, get off your asses and do some real reporting. Carry on in the immortal words of Paul Harvey and give us the rest of the story.
There are important things happening in the world. Shine some light on them. Isn't that the main purpose of the fourth estate?