Monday, December 29, 2008

Surreal Reality

So, the talking head on CBS News, last night, reported that CBS News named Hank Paulson as their pick for Businessman of the Year. Huh? Did I miss something?

Isn’t that a little (well, okay, a lot) like naming General Motors as the Automaker of the Year, or George DUHbya (yes, it’s spelled with a capital DUH) Bush as Humanitarian of the Year, or Bernard Madoff as Citizen of the Year, or Jayant Patel as Doctor of the Year, or, come to think of it, CBS News as News Broadcaster of the Year?

The mainstream media appears to be stuck on stupid, so there’s little wonder that MSM gets a bad rap from almost everyone outside the mainstream.

And I seem to be trapped in an Orwellian fantasy world—part Alice’s Wonderland, part Oz, part Brave New World, part 1984—that gets more surreal by the day. Or is it, as I’ve lately come to suspect, that I’m trapped in an unfinished and unaired Twilight Zone episode, forever consigned to this fate because no one has sense enough to call it a wrap?