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By: Wayne Brown


For those of you who have been trapped in a sound-proof booth for the last few hours, I just wanted to let you know that Margaret Thatcher is dead. At the time of this writing, the morning after, I can hardly imagine that even an Eskimo in the coldest reaches of the far northern tundra country is not fully aware of the passing of Lady Thatcher. Even that idiot-tyrant-wanna-be running North Korea has been fully-briefed of the Lady's passing.


Now don't get me wrong, I have no axe to grind with Margaret Thatcher. To the contrary, she is one of my heroes of past decades. A lady who stood with courage, praised democracy, and tried to cast off the chains of socialism which were beginning to bind her beloved Great Britain. Surely she belongs up there on the pinnacle along with Sir Winston Churchill in terms of her focus and tremendous dedication to making a better world for the people of her country. Every word spoken in terms of her efforts rings true for me and many others around the world.


Given that premise one might ask, "Just what is your problem, sir? Okay...a fair question. My problem is a media which is so adoring in the aftermath of her passing.


"Welcome back to Morning Coffee With Bill & Susan. Good morning, Susie...hope you slept well and had a great weekend. Say, did you hear that the great lady, Margaret Thatcher is dead? Oh! Before you answer that let's go over to Charlie and check on the weather. How's the weather out there on this great day of mourning, Charlie?"

"Well, Bill....we're looking at more clouds and rain. Say did I tell you my favorite Margaret Thatcher story. Well, of course not. I was saving it until she was dead. Now that Lady Thatcher has passed, let me share that story with our listening audience."

And on and on and on it goes. This great story, that great story, her courage, her wisdom, her foresight...the great accomplishments she left as her legacy in history. A never-ending litany of the same things re-shaped, re-worded, re-told, over and over and over until one is on the verge of screaming, "Get on with it, what is the damned weather going to be like today?"


The tragedy here is not Lady Thatcher passing though let us not discount the value of this women to the world of the past fifty years. The tragedy is a media that could not seem to find the words of praise for this lady when she was living and perfectly capable of absorbing that praise. The same media, in that day, looked upon her with a far more critical eye. She was an enemy of socialism and not to be trusted. But in death, the media can now easily claim her as a super-hero. Ms. Thatcher is no longer here among us to hear those words of praise which might have brought a smile to her face had she had the opportunity.


Now if it sounds as if the media is doing a fine job of covering Ms. Thatcher's death, do not be so impressed. They have been practicing their lines since the woman had her 80th birthday. The video footage has long been cut, edited, and placed into the cans just awaiting this moment in history. The scripts of the talking heads along with the practiced watery eyes, halting speech, and singular tears rolling down the pancake make-up adorned cheeks has been practiced and practiced and practiced. If anything, they are actually probably glad the event is finally taking place and they can move on to practicing for history's next iconic death.


"Honey, I don't think I'll be going in to work today. The media is covering the passing of Lady Thatcher and I really must not miss a minute of it. I will remain here in front of the television so that I do not miss a single word of the coverage. In fact, I may be here all week given that the media will surely cover the funeral and its aftermath as well. I am sure the boss will understand."


And on it goes! The media will wring every last drop out of this event until the television viewer and the newspaper reader is ready to scream, "Okay, I give up. Just bury the woman and shut the hell up!" As long as they can hold the attention of the viewer and make soap sell, this woman cannot and will not be allowed to rest in peace. Never mind that the darling media long ago forgot where Lady Thatcher even lives...long since tossed on the garbage heap of history. Only her death warrants the speaking of her name in the live media and the time has come!


How hypocritical have we become as a people? We seem to wait until people are blind, crippled, out of touch or dead to let them know how important they were to us and to our lives here on earth. We live in silence and praise in passing. Personally, if becoming a writer who moves people emotionally is to be a possibility in my future, I would certainly like to know it before I depart this life. Words of praise fall deaf on the grave of the great poets.


We should be impressed that such a liberal, liberal media would take the time across the board to serve up so much praise for a lady who wore the banner of conservatism. Of course, if you think about it, this is an easy task for that media. After all, Lady Thatcher is dead now...she can't do anything thus the praise will simply serve the purposes of political correctness and the words will be lost within the air waves in a matter of hours. In a short time, all that will be left is a headstone marking the grave site of another great human being who has passed from our presence...the occasional reminder to the tourist passing by in curiosity. One might conclude that we are no better than the media in regard to this woman's memory.


What about the four Americans who died in Benghazi…are they not worthy of continued efforts on the part of the media to keep the story alive and gain some real answers to the questions left hanging? Obviously not as we see by the lack of coverage on that still tragic event. Can we even imagine what might be said about it on the day of passing of those media darlings Hilary Clinton or Barack Obama. Will the liberal media allow the smut from such an unanswered tragedy stain the legacy of two of the so-called greatest people who ever lived? When that days comes, the memory of those four brave Americans will once again be smeared by the disdain of a liberal media who will not allow such a story to mar the legacy of Clinton or Obama.


Apparently, the media feels that the American public “cannot handle the truth” when it comes to Benghazi therefore why should the truth be pursued especially in light of the fact that the outcome might discolor both Clinton and Obama…the media darlings. No, that story is best left alone and every liberal editor who wishes to see the inside of the White House again knows it.


How is the same media which can beg America to pour out it tears over the death of Lady Margaret Thatcher cannot find the strength and resolve to demand the truth on the issue of Benghazi. What happened to the media which reflected the conscience of America? Plain and simple…it sold out to politicians, progressives, and socialists who so convinced our media members that a utopia most certainly does exist if we will only open our hearts and our wallets and let the long fingers of big government come into our lives and bring us the salvation of socialism…something Lady Thatcher fought her entire life and now that same media wants to “honor” her memory? Hogwash!


©Copyright WBrown2013. All Rights Reserved.

8 April 2013

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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

I tried, Wayne, but I could not find a thing to argue with here. Bravo my conservative friend. :) Thatcher was a giant and I will always admire her strength and unwavering dedication to her causes.

As for the media...I would love to see them all go out and get real jobs.

As for politicians....they have sold out, conservatives, liberals, green party et al...they are bought and paid for.

bill


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wayne barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

Very well put. The mainstream media is a joke...and it has been for a very long time.


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Wayne Brown 3 years ago from Texas Author

@billybuc...Bill, you and I can agree on those points very strongly day in and day out. Time for a house-cleaning and time to make the media do their job. Thanks much! ~WB

@wayne barrett...Thanks, Wayne. That is very true. ~WB


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Old Poolman 3 years ago from Rural Arizona

The only way to ever get the Media to start doing their jobs would be to boycott all the products they advertise, and make it known we will do that. Their valuable time and space is for sale to the highest bidders, and when their advertisers all leave, they are out of business.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida

Margaret Thatcher was a remarkable woman and it is sad as you point out, Wayne, that the media could not giver her the honor she deserved when she was alive. The same media that refuse to press this administration for the truth about Benghazi. I have lost all respect for them.


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Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

Agree on all accounts, Wayne! No respect for any of them.

God bless, Faith Reaper


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Wayne Brown 3 years ago from Texas Author

@Old Poolman...I wish that were possible. I wonder who is really watching these folks. It cannot be the low information voter...if it is they are learning nothing whatsoever. News media market share has dropped steadily over the years so I suppose they would continue broadcasting in the dark even if the power were shut off. Thanks, Mike! ~WB

@drbj...Perhaps some lucky station will get the prize this year for their unique coverage of Lady Thatcher's passing. Another head to hang on the wall. Thanks much, Doc. ~WB

@Faith Reaper....Thank you! ~WB


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States

I admired Thactcher and I agree with you all the way down the line. I recently heard on the news (FOX natually) that a higher percentage of newcasters describe themselves as liberals that the population of Berkley! It certainly shows. Great hub.


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Wayne Brown 3 years ago from Texas Author

@Pamela99....Whatever happened to just delivering the facts. I don't believe the media values the truth anymore. If they do, they subscribe to believing there is more than one truth about everything thus they pick the one that suits their politics. Thanks much, Pam. ~WB


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breakfastpop 3 years ago

The media is as dead and buried as common sense. I no longer expect them to cover a story and see it to the end. I no longer expect them to be impartial and present the facts. I no longer expect anything from them. I think of the media as state controlled. Up and awesome.


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Wayne Brown 3 years ago from Texas Author

@breakfastpop...Unfortunately they are more dangerous than ever, Poppy considering those who do listen to them and buy the government propaganda. What was once seen as the saving grace of the republic has become an arm of that faction wishing to destroy it. Thanks much. ~WB

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