Saturday Selects: The Media

Saturday Selects is a series of posts I write on the ocassional Saturday to discuss topics outside the general bookish theme of the blog.

It’s 2017 and it seems like the only institution anyone wants to talk about is the media. Let me first acknowledge what I believe to be a simple fact. No President of The United States really likes the media. Why? Because the media holds the president accountable. No one enjoys being called out when things don’t go according to plan. But it’s part of the job and the freedom of the press is written into the Constitution.

YouTube is full of videos of former presidents acknowledging the importance of the press in American society. Presidents and lawmakers have acknowledged this since the dawn of this country.

But the current administration doesn’t buy into any of that. Its official stance is that every media outlet that criticizes the administration is fake news. I don’t have to tell you what happens when the press is constantly belittled by a person in power. We’ve seen it in our history books.

You know how every time a politician talks about new gun restrictions you get people all over the country saying, “2ND AMENDMENT! 2ND AMENDMENT!”? For some reason those same people are unwilling to stand up for the Amendment that comes right before it. So many people in this country don’t care about the freedom to practice any religion unless it’s Christianity. So many people in this country don’t care about the freedom of speech unless it’s in agreement with their beliefs. So many people in this country don’t care about the freedom to protest unless the protest is in line with their views. So many people in this country don’t care about the freedom of the press, especially when it’s criticizing their views.

But way too many people in this country believe the 2nd Amendment is holy. People will always pick and choose what to care about and defend, that’s not new. I find it frustrating that more people aren’t standing up for the media like they do for their guns or their religion.

Donald Trump and his administration can say whatever they want to say, but the media is not the enemy of the American people. The media has several responsibilities, but right at or near the top of that list is to hold the President of the United States accountable for his or her actions. And members of the media will continue to do so long after Donald Trump is out of office.

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The 2016 Word of the Year is:

Post-truth.

The definition is “Relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief”.

Well, well, well. I see what y’all did there, Oxford Dictionaries.

It looks like I’m late to the parry on this one. This was originally announced last year, but recent events like “alternative facts” and #SpicerFacts jolted it back into my app this morning.

But honestly, I’ve never even used the term. The other finalists weren’t particularly great. This single word sums up so much of what took place in 2016. Unfortunately, it looks like we’ll be seeing much of the same in the near future.

What’s your favorite word you first started seeing or using in 2016?

Who I Want to Write a Book

KATIE NOLAN.

I bet you have no idea who she is. I’ll tell you. She started just a few years ago on YouTube. Then she hosted a web series for Fox Sports. She then began hosting her own weekly show on Fox Sports 1. But I’m not clamoring for anyone else to write a book, whether they’re in sports or not.

Let me tell you why I’d buy her book. She’s funny, witty, loves sports, and doesn’t back away from her opinion. She has no problem calling out athletes or officials who act badly. And I mean she really calls them out. We need more of her not just in sports media, but in general. We need people to speak up and speak out whenever a wrong is committed against another person or a group of people. Sometimes it may be an athlete against another person, but it also may be a political candidate talking about one of us “regular” people. The notion that “celebrities” should not have opinions or speak out about issues they’re passionate about is ridiculous. And Un-American.

Her show is sports comedy, but not everything is related to sports or comedy. And I’d be eager to here how she feels about a number of different things, whether we’re in agreement or not.

So write a book, KATIE! I’ll buy!

Who do you want to write a book who hasn’t?