You just don’t care:
Animal lovers: Hold your brickbats. Our family has a delightful dog rescued from a shelter, and I hate cruelty to our canine friends. The issue here is not dogs but people, specifically people in the media.
Why is it that the poor — and, for that matter, the struggling middle class, too — disappear in the media, barricaded behind our fixation on celebrity, our titillation with personal sin and public shame, our fascination with every detail of every divorce and affair of every movie star, rock idol and sports phenom?
I don’t know, E. J. You’re the dog-owning, bleeding heart media maven. Why don’t you tell us? I would hazard a guess, however, that, as the poor will always be with us, they are hardly news. And they don’t have agents.
Lest you think your heartlessness and insensitivity stop there, however—you’re just getting warmed up:
Americans think global warming is real and serious. Poll after poll shows that there are not many climate skeptics left. The issue has received an enormous amount of media attention over the past several years, but it still doesn’t rank at or near the top of issues people want the president and Congress to address.
According to the Pew Project on Excellence in Journalism, the media ratings for the July “Live Earth” concerts orchestrated to draw attention to the issue were “disappointing,” with smaller than normal Saturday summer viewership. Why doesn’t the issue have a bigger public opinion footprint?
Why don’t the public trust rock stars and politicians to solve the world’s problems, in other words? Because the public are shallow, vapid drones, that’s why. The media keep telling them that they starve people, they mistreat dogs, and they’re ruining the planet—but like a surly teenager being told to clean up his room, they just stop listening.
The public disgusts me. If you’re a member of it, get the hell off my blog.