As I was catching a few moments of “Joe” this morning, a commercial for the NBC Nightly News caught my attention. It took a few minutes for me to think about what it said, but as it sunk it, it bothered me.
We have a new, intelligent, young President. (Shots of Obama)
We have deep problems . . . economy, terror, war. (Appropriate shots)
Brian Williams: “It’s our job to make sense of it all.”
Really?? I thought it was the job of journalists to present unbiased reports, and then I make sense of it. Have we come to the place that we have to be spoon-fed what we are to think? Is the American public that intellectually helpless?
I understand commentators like Hannity, Olbermann, or O’Reilly. It’s their job to present their opinions. But when I watch the evening news, I don’t want to hear how they “make sense of it all.” Maybe I’m overreacting here, but to me this mentality smacks of arrogance and condescension.
“Making sense” involves interpretation, interpretation involves world-view, and I don’t want that. I want “just the facts, man.”
Come on, guys. Leave the interpretation to me. If I want to know what I’m supposed to think, I’ll ask my wife.