I used to like the International Herald Tribune, when the newspaper was a joint venture of the New York Times and the Washington Post. The content was eclectic and more international. Since the Times bought out the Post, the content has become too American and too business-oriented. I no longer buy this newspaper and will only, occasionally, skim through a complimentary copy in a hotel or airplane.
I miss the old days…
Which is why I read foreign newspapers and watch foreign news channels, such as Al Jezeerah, RT, and BBC...
Scanning headlines today, I was--as I am most days--the little content is real news. Who cares about the silly old man, who lives in an opulent building in Rome paid for by poor people, has forgiven his butler (Who has a butler?). And, the fact that one Hollywood is divorcing another should interest only friends and family, not take up space in a newspaper. Of course, newspapers are used by hagiographers to erect myths, such as any story about members of England’s “royal” family...especially phony exploits during military service. (These people, who made their fortune plundering weak nations with weapons, continue to glorify brutality.)
Today, I realized an advantage of the laptop computer, iPad, etc. When one reads an internet “newspaper”, one is not hidden behind a large piece of paper. One can placate one’s partner by still being visible, if said partner is the kind that suffers from lack of attention. No one can complain about another person disappearing behind the newspaper at breakfast...or any other time of the day. Of course, this might be a disadvantage for anyone wishing to avoid eye contact or a glimpse of a partner, whose appearance might have deteriorated since their first pain of Cupid’s bow.
Technology has solved the two opposite, age-old problems of marital discord...
Headlines I harvested today from a reputable national newspaper...
GOP Convention To Feature Strong Lineup Of Conservative Women Listeners
NASA Asks Russians To Stop Filming Porn On International Space Station
Gay Marine Beaten To Bloody Pulp To Fire Up RNC Crowd
Tampa Bay Gay Prostitutes Gearing Up For Flood Of Closeted Republicans
Brave Woman Enters Restaurant Without First Looking It Up Online
Best They Could Get Accepts Republican Nomination
Cleveland Indians Take Advantage Of Racist Name To Open Casino In Stadium
RNC Builds Levee Out Of Poor People To Protect Convention Site
NB. Anyone not recognizing The Onion needs to seek professional help...
_ The First Prize was awarded today in the “Most-Fanciful-Headline-in-the-History-of-Headlines Competition”. It read:
Britain May Yet Tame Iran
Of course, as anyone with half a brain could guess, these words were conceived and published by an allegedly “serious” London newspaper, which has an alleged Conservative leaning.
NB. If you need to think more than one second about the above headline, then you are not up-to-date on current affairs and have not read (good) history.
In case there was any doubt about how newspapers stir up the juices of opposite extremes of the political spectrum, here are two examples. From following two headlines, see if you can guess which one caters to conservatives/right wing leaners (like Republicans in the US) and which paper sells to left-leaning socialists/republicans (which in Britain means those opposing royalty and wishing to see the queen and her strange family run out of town on a rail).
Who made a dog's dinner of cooking supper for one's corgis? Queen's shock as beloved dogs are fed reheated meals instead of freshly cooked
Time for the White House to rein in Michelle Obama's out-of-control spending http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/author/nilegardiner/
As a side note, has anyone noted a distinct mellowing in my tone. I am trying to reduce the ranting and cynicism. To that end, I try to avoid all political news emanating from the United States. Unfortunately, the British press tends to include regular features, so it is difficult to keep my head in the sand.
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.