[I write about politics because of the direct link I see between the words and actions of politicians and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. America’s political class manipulates our military as though they were pawns in a global game of chess. To them, PTSD is merely an unfortunate cost of war.]
Go to Network?
Back in the day, CNN was my go-to network whenever a big story–domestic or international–was breaking. They seemed to have knowledgeable reporters everywhere. No more. Now, CNN more resembles a tabloid newspaper than a “legitimate” news source. Today, July 12, instead of leading with President Obama’s moving speech in Dallas, or Senator Bernie Sanders’ official endorsement of Secretary Hillary Clinton, or even the race of rats vying for the Republican vice presidential nod, CNN chose to hype this tripe (a Daily Kos headline):
CNN Invites Joe Walsh on Network after Walsh Tweets ‘Watch out Obama’ Threats. Why?
Walsh is a one-term former Representative from Illinois, known mostly for his bluster not his effectiveness as a lawmaker. Today he is a conservative talk radio host. Of course he is. After five police officers were gunned down dead in Dallas, this is what the bum tweeted for his followers:
“This is now war. Watch out Obama. Watch out black lives matter punks. Real America is coming after you.” [“War,” “punks,” and “real America” just about sums up all America’s problems. The problem is Joe Walsh and his ilk.]
This is what Walsh told CNN host Don Lemon Friday night:
“I stand by what I meant, Don” …regarding the flood of tweets he sent blaming activists, liberals, and Obama for the deaths of five police officers …
Then he snidely began to backtrack.
He didn’t intend to threaten the president, he explained. [Then what did he intend to do? Was this a magnanimous gesture to Americans in general warning them to watch their backs?]
Black lives do matter … and so do inflammatory words. War is not a word to be thrown around lightly; it insults warriors and victims alike when used capriciously. In essence, Walsh trivializes combat by likening the actions of a “lone wolf” to an act of war.
In my view, CNN has demoted itself to third-rate journalism. And Walsh’s use of the word war–via Tweet and TV–really riles me. CNN at one time had the premier war correspondent in the world, Peter Arnett, then along came Christiane Amanpour, also a heavyweight in the international division. These two top-shelf journalists were followed by another, Michael Ware, an Australian.
We do not see Ware dodging shrapnel anymore. He is suffering from PTSD. That’s why real American, chicken hawk punks like Walsh are so dangerous. They do have followers, and every now and then one of them acts. The Black Lives Matter march in Dallas was a peaceful protest conducted under the protection of the local police. How dare Walsh call them punks and then have the nerve to insinuate that the murderer is a real American. He has a frightful case of PTSD, which in his case refers to Petty Tarnished Stupid Dope.
Wake up, CNN.