I wanted to do an a-politcal rant today, but since I need to (peacefully) cross the border tomorrow, I figure I’d better tame-down my morning frustration.
It just struck me as sensational fear-mongering by the Vancouver Sun (our, apparently, respectible though plagerizing newspaper) to plaster this headline (“Special forces prepare for al-Qaida attack on B.C. coast”) across the front page of today’s daily rag in BIG, bold letters.
It’s just that, well, letting us know that there are six guys in hip-waders on the beach with binoculars looking for terrorists hardly seems like a front page story.
Not only that, but it obviously rings of ‘fear-making’ — it’s the scare everyone tactic that I’m more used to seeing on FOX, than locally. We’re preparing. We’re getting ready. Someone is out there — RIGHT NOW — watching. Because, well, we could be NEXT.
This isn’t even “impending” doom. It’s a story about some military beaurocracy and policy change. Letting us know that there are “a number of classified training operations” going on, hardly seems the first step towards national security, anyhow. Plaster it across the front page of the paper. I mean, we all know that terrorists don’t read newspapers, but…
[ remove tongue from cheek, and… breathe… ]
A full week after “three-eleven” (or maybe they call it “tres-once” in Spain), I doubt many people here could even tell you what city (Madrid) those bombs exploded in. Over there, I guess.
I have enough real things to worry about. Moving. My car being broken into again. Student loans. My house being burglarized. Work deadlines. I don’t need the newpaper manipulating those emotions, too. So, mr-vancouver-sun-subscription guy, next time you call and ask why I don’t want to get your paper: I’ll refer you back here.
[ end of rant ]
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