When News Isn’t

Some days it doesn’t pay to look at the news.

Yesterday was one of those days. The level of stupid was just too high to pay attention to it. Story after story was so off the deep end that sanity objected. Some days I don’t know if I’m listening to news programs or fantasy or Access Hollywood gossip.

For instance, there was actually a serious story about the color of Ivanka Trump’s contact lenses. She was “accused of using colored contacts after images reveal her eyes keep changing color, from deep brown to green.” The Daily Mail noted that “The 35-year-old, who naturally has dark brown eyes, appeared to be wearing green or deep hazel contacts during her sit down with Gayle King last week.” They wondered if “Over the past few months, Ivanka has gone from a businesswoman and lifestyle guru to a key White House insider, and any alternations to her appearance may be reflections of that change.”

I had to roll my eyes on that one. Unless she has blazing red demonic eyes, I don’t think I care.

Then there was the unfortunate comment by Sean Spicer at the press briefing. He said in regard to the Syrian chemical attack that “even Hitler didn’t gas his own people.” Clearly, he got carried away. He later apologized. But CBS News led their broadcast with it saying it was “a colossal error of historic proportions.” Hardly. How many Republicans ran for cover over that gaffe? Maybe a little perspective is needed here on the media’s part, eh?

The media was also getting onto Spicer about Monday’s Easter egg roll at the White House. The New York Times headlined on Page 1 “The latest test for the White House? Pulling off the Easter egg hunt.” No kidding. Seems the White House was a little late in ordering the wooden eggs that are traditionally placed on the lawn Easter Monday.

They continued: ““It’s the single most high-profile event that takes place at the White House each year, and the White House and the first lady are judged on how well they put it on,” said Melinda Bates, who organized eight years of Easter Egg Rolls as director of the White House Visitors Office under President Bill Clinton. “I’m really concerned for the Trump people, because they have failed to fill some really vital posts, and this thing is all hands on deck.”

Spicer was asked about this, too, at the press conference. Maybe that’s why he stumbled over the Syrian gas answer. How do you deal with such inane obsessions? Next they’ll say Trump will lose 2020 electoral votes over it. You can’t make this stuff up, as they say.

During the day, too, the stock market gyrated 140 some odd points. They’re obsessed with the tax reform issue. Trump has promised one, but hysteria grips Wall Street, too.

Finally I read a comment by Mitch McConnell who said that Trump’s low poll numbers mean the GOP will lose a lot of seats in the 2018 election. Hmm. He was one who never thought Trump had a chance in the election. He’s also the senator with the lowest approval ratings in that body.

Can it get anymore ridiculous?

Surely Isis, crime, jobs and the threat of nuclear attacks are worth more coverage than Easter egg hunts and contact lenses.

Wednesday, I have observed is usually the day of most hysteria. Things build on Monday and Tuesday then hit a peak Wednesday. Tuesday must have supplanted it this week because of the Easter holidays.

That and the full moon.

These are the times when you have to change the channel to HGTV or do your laundry or work in the garden. They’re more real than the news coverage.

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