One day Henny-penny was picking up corn in the rickyard when—whack!—an acorn hit her upon the head. “Goodness gracious me!” said Henny-penny, “the sky’s a-going to fall; I must go and tell the King.” – Henny-Penny: The Sky is Falling!, English Fairy Tale
Public Safety Reporters are the Henny-pennys of fairy tale “news”.
They “report” on things like natural disasters (something so natural is hardly news), weather (isn’t that the weatherman’s work?), traffic (OpenStreetMap can take care of that), among other terrifying tidbits. Public Panic Reporters are busybodies: they scratch the surface, then go nuts, spewing so-called “news”. They’re ever-so-ready to chirp n’ chatter on Twitter about their personal fears.
Today’s example of the sky is falling comes from Jason Pohl. This guy is falling.
Jason is a Public Safety Reporter at the Coloradoan (aka USA TODAY, aka Gannett Company, Inc.). Below, he’s made a tweet, packed with devastatingly wrong info:
Lies, lies, lies. Jason, how much time did you spend researching your bosses’ childish numbers on kids and guns? Please, before you go writing about the topic of firearms, I beg of you: utilize gun truths at GunFacts.info. All it takes is a quick click. The truth is out there.
The lesson of this story? It lies upon the conscience of readers. To you, I ask, “Do you believe everything you read?”
“I do not,” say readers of this blog, including Foxy-woxy, Ducky-daddles, Turkey-lurkey.
Yes, that was a loaded question, with a charged answer. I already know the vast majority of this blog’s viewers are critical thinkers who question everything, gobbling up accurate facts n’ stats. Y’all exited The Matrix long ago.
Jason: I’m not picking on you. There are so many Henny Pennys out there, it’s hard to choose who to expose. Your “work” happened to roll across my news desk. I’m sure you’re not all that bad. I’m focused on setting the story straight for firearms facts. I’ll leave it to the rest of the universe to comb through your other stories/topics.
Yet I’m solidly skeptical of your remaining “news” stories, wondering what’s fairy tale vs. fact. Things look bleak. Are you a Brothers Grimm? Or an Adam Ruins Everything? I rally for the latter.
Perhaps there’s hope for the past articles you’ve composed. I dunno. Maybe nope. Yes?
Please seize the moment. Think twice, before pouncing to post lies, regurgitated by USA Today, who eats up numbers from skewed anti-gun groups like Everytown for Gun Control and The Brady Bunch & Co.
Above all, Jason Pohl, stay classy.
“…Wow. Interesting stuff. “1/4 of U.S. adults say they or someone in their family have been threatened or intimidated by someone using a gun.”
I can do better: 100% of US taxpayers are threatened and/or intimidated every quarter, and especially on April 15, EVERY YEAR! Government = Force. Try not paying your taxes and see how long it takes the .gov to show up on your doorstep to enforce the tax code.
“That’s ridiculous”, you say….? Follow the process to it’s final conclusion and if you don’t agree with my premise just try it and see who shows up to enforce their rulings. Oh, it may take a while, and your lawyer may be able to hold them off procedurally for a bit, but in the end, the .gov doesn’t ask you, they tell you, and the ones doing the telling are not armed with nerf bats.
Not anti-gov’t here, just anti-BIG gov’t.
You beat me to it, and your comment is spot on. The IRS — The most successful Mail-order business in human history.
I was going to say:
“1/4 of U.S. adults say they or someone in their family have been threatened or intimidated by someone using a gun.”
For some definitions of threatened or intimidated.
What portion of that 1/4 of U.S. Adults are threatened or intimidated by the idea that the someone using a gun is not a government employee.
Yup. Essentially, behind every FedGov tax collector is the power of a gun.
Claymore1: You nailed it, dead-on. Nice job!
Some people spend their lives in a desperate and vain quest for relevancy. They seek to take their place in the pecking order of bullies and cowards (each bully being a coward before stronger bullies and each coward being a bully before weaker cowards) that is the authoritarian system.
Attacking the right to gun ownership is an easy, obvious choice for such a diseased creature– The authoritarian system is threatened by those willing and able to defend themselves. The right to bear arms is a poignant reminder of individual sovereignty, and individual sovereignty is poisonous to their system. Therefore the authoritarian will reflexively attack the right to bear arms.
Not only is attacking the right to bear arms an easy, obvious choice for some people, Jason Pohl’s approach is downright lazy.
It goes unsaid, but I’ll spell it out — Pohl’s tweets are are weak diguise for his biased reporting. Jason, we see right through your emotionally-charged words:
“Devastatingly important piece from from @npenzenstadler…” [Nick Penzenstadler, gun grabber]
“Every word of this haunting piece by @JohnWoodrowCox is a must-read punch in the gut.”
Maybe we should cook up some hyperbole for the posts here.
“Reading Stephanie’s measured takedown is like enjoying a gourmet bacon cheeseburger followed by a shot of good rum.”
Hello. And Bye.
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