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!
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8 April 2013