Did you ever have one of those days? Sure you have. And I hope it isn’t today.
The older I get, the more I realize that I create a lot of those days, rather than having them thrust upon me by some unseen force. In the immortal words of the comic strip Pogo, “We have met the enemy and he is us!”
On “Seinfeld,” Jerry talked about “Morning Jerry” and “Evening Jerry.” Morning Jerry was the responsible guy who got up early and did all the right things. Unless he was flummoxed by Evening Jerry, who would stay up too late and otherwise carouse around irresponsibly the night before. That made certain that Morning Jerry would be a wreck the next day.
While my evenings of carousing irresponsibly are long past, my bad days are still generally created by some foolishness on my part. Watching the futility of a Pirates game the night before the morning after can set me into a free-wheeling funk. Exposing myself to the cornucopia of commercials about apps and iPads — products I neither desire nor comprehend their utility — leaves me feeling hopelessly out of touch and suitably depressed.
I am also getting to the point where the constant cultural barrage is wearing me out. There was a time that that I found the anti-Catholic propaganda of mainstream media almost bracing. It raised the battle cry and got the juices going.
Now, I just see the cultural tsunami engulfing media and my response is to get depressed. I guess that’s what happens when you have grandkids.
Story in The New York Times recently on the oh-so harried state of gays and lesbians on Christian college campuses. The Times reported with grand dudgeon that the universities won’t let gays form their own advocacy groups on campus and what a travesty that was.
But the kids are allegedly oppressed by an environment they knew was foundational to the university when they decided to go there. The universities won’t allow such advocacy groups because they would by their nature violate the lifestyle the schools demand of every student — gay or straight.
A story that didn’t make the Times reported recently on a study of the gay population in America.
Since the gay agenda began in earnest, media has reported that gays made up about 10 percent of the population. They pulled that out of a much-discredited Alfred Kinsey study from the 1940s.
While such a high percentage violated common sense and experience, it was reported as gospel, primarily to give greater credence to the idea that gay was ordinary.
That Ten Percent Gay became one of the bedrock “facts,” for example, in the movement to remove homosexuality from the list of treatable physiological illness. Gay is normal. No matter how many people asked for help in dealing with it.
The best figure now from a gay-friendly study, after creeping down to 5 percent, and then 3 percent, is that gays might make up maybe 1.7 percent of the adult population. If that. Far less than 1 in 50; much further less than 1 in 10.
Well, so what? But there is an issue here — the issue is journalism serving the propaganda machine without ever questioning it. Since it fit a political, ideological and sexual agenda to blatantly overestimate the extent of the gay experience in America, have at it. Though it has nothing to do with fact.
Just another bulleted item on the long list of evidence that media — particularly news media as represented by The New York Times — are in the business of ideology. And if myth comes up against the facts, print the myth when it fits that bias. Which can make for a bad day.
We have met the enemy. And he is lousy journalism.
Robert P. Lockwood writes from Pennsylvania.