Having a Chinese wife, in-laws (who experienced Japanese wartime occupation and brutality personally) and friends, I have heard from several sources that the Chinese (citizens and ethnic) have donated less to the Japanese earthquake/tsunami/reactor disaster than they did to Haiti’s terrible earthquake tragedy. Far less. Both disasters were horrible human catastrophes, but ethnic Chinese have a much harder time working up sympathy for Japan.
About 2 weeks ago, right after the exit of Keith Olbermann from MSNBC, I wrote a piece speculating on the possible ways it could turn into a silver lining (Keith Olbermann Leaving MSNBC: A Silver Lining?, January 22, 2011). In that commentary, I listed a number of possible re-entry scenarios for Keith, some of which might constitute a silver lining in the dark cloud of this affair. A couple of the possibilities were (imho) interesting for their real possibilities. Most were along the lines of, “Wouldn’t it be fascinating if…?”
There was one option that buzzed through my head for just a nanosecond, but it was too ludicrous to even throw out as a joke: Keith on FOX(We distort, you decide)News? Nah! Keep moving. Nothing to contemplate here! Continue reading →
You watch, we decide what: The TV in the first-floor cafeteria at the Ohio Department of Transportation headquarters in Columbus (1980 W. Broad St.) has been mysteriously changed from CNN to Fox News under the new regime of Gov. John Kasich.
ODOT spokeswoman Melissa Ayers confirmed that the channel change edict was ordered up by ODOT Chief Jerry Wray. “The director said we should switch it up a little bit,” she said.
For years now, I’ve felt that the real FoxNEWS slogan should be, “We distort, you decide.” Now there’s proof that it’s probably the truest thing that FoxNEWS could say about itself, if only the network would “man-up”.
Now there’s proof that my gut (and a lot of well-informed guts out there in the news-reporting and -consuming public) were Delphic in their prognosticatory accuracy. Continue reading →