Dear Bob, here are some photos of my life here on the campus of Concordia Seminary. I love kids, working with the grounds crew, swimming, playing with my dog friends, and especially my own family people.
Don't know yet whether St Louis will get as vicious a storm as the local weather people are warning, but I do know I would not want the job of helicopter reporter this morning.
Lightning wind rain
On another front, a man in Union Mo is trapped in his car after the wind dropped a tree on it, also another tree fell on his house. Makes me go to the window to see what kind of tree my car is parked under.
Ever since President Obama ended his speech at West Point yesterday, media types and commentators have been trying to figure out just what his foreign policy doctrine is. Lots of disappointment in editorials and such. The New York Times published just one of the many. So it was funny to hear Howard Dean on Morning Joe this morning take issue with all the muttering and tell the panel this:
"The media lacks the sophistication to understand the Obama doctrine."
Here are a couple of news reports from this week which are lacking in the "why" or the "where".
A ground beef recall which includes Missouri went out this week over e-coli poisoning. Supposedly this contaminated meat was sold to restaurants, but no where did any report say where this meat ended up. What restaurant, what cities? Most people reading these stories wanted to know this more than anything else.
Not as important to most meat eaters and restaurant goers, is this story. "Two people were hospitalized after they went off a building in downtown St. Louis Wednesday morning." This happened at 5:45 on Washington Avenue. So what's the deal here?
A tractor trailer overturned on a Delaware highway setting loose 20 million bees which were being hauled from Florida to Maine. My question is how do you count bees, how do you put 20 million in a truck and why does Maine need them, how do they catch them all and get them back on another truck? Is Deleware stuck with them now?
We may be spending too much time reading about, listening to and grumbling about politicians. What other generation gets such constant information about who said what, why they said it, how bad/good it was. etc etc. This morning was the topper for me.
Morning Joe used part of their first hour making up outrage over Senator Dan Coat's going to the wrong senate hearing yesterday. In the end after some minutes in exciteable disbelief, the Morning Joe crowd eventually joined forced in blaming Coats' staff in less than polite terms. This story made other major newspapers and news outlets as well. I mean come on.
Way too much about politicians. Take your life back!
Many media websites are the least user friendly sites on the internet. They're overloaded with information making any single story difficult to find, filled with flickering headlines, moving slide shows, sudden appearances of ads that slowly fill the screen. If you watch their tv news and hear of a story they tell you will be on their website, good luck finding it beyond 8 hours.
For entities that are in the media business, you just have to wonder where their tech minds are. KSDK Channel 5 is one of the toughest to navigate and most days if I go there I eventually just close it out. There's way too much going on. But KSDK's site is so similar to other news sites that it looks as though they all use the same web creation service. KMOV's is better, lots of info but in a way that's fairly easy to navigate.
Channel 5's morning host, Jennifer Blome, went in for her last day on the set this morning after 34 years. She's retiring and everyone who's anyone at the station was there to wish her farewell. Jennifer has always seemed a kind, funny and friendly news person as well as the best know dog lover in St. Louis.
I can't even imagine what it will be like to not have to get up in the middle of the night after 34 years.
CBS News reporter Sharyl Attkisson has resigned after two decades with the company. "She had grown frustrated with what she saw as the network’s liberal bias, an outsize influence by the network’s corporate partners and a lack of dedication to investigative reporting, several sources said. She increasingly felt that her work was no longer supported and that it was a struggle to get her reporting on air."
This made me think of MSNBC's Morning Joe program which often features New York Times columnist David Robinson. He is always introduced as "political analyst" David Robinson. Which in turn, thinking about CBS and many other national news outlets, considers a political analyst someone who can best slant the news in favor of the Obama administration.
Sadly for Sharyl, CBS did not like her investigating or reporting since it did not take the party line.