Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Hurray for Hollywood!

Bugged about F-Bomb Barbra and all the other BDS anti-American Hollyweirdos? Well, let’s suggest a slightly different perspective that could soften the sting a bit.

Not that these high-profile hyperventilations aren’t despicable, deplorable and truly unhinged. They are that and more. But how is all this outrageous stuff getting onto our radar screens in the first place? That’s right—courtesy of the old corrupt mainstream mediocracy. Think there might be just a wee little bit of a skew going on here? Think maybe there’s another side to this story that we aren’t being told? (I know, I know—what a shocking accusation.)

Case in point: Denzel Washington.

Yesterday we got one of those chain e-mail things that you’re supposed to rebroadcast to your whole address book. It was this wonderful story about how actor Denzel Washington visited injured troops recuperating at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Tex. Allegedly he was so moved by the experience that he whipped out a checkbook and wrote out a check on the spot to pay for the construction of one entire new “Fisher House,” for the housing of visiting kin.

It seemed just a little too pat to us, so we checked around and found a somewhat different account at Snopes, which purported to debunk this “urban legend.” Are you ready? Seems that this incident didn’t just happen “the other day”—it was actually December 2004, almost two years ago. Furthermore, Denzel didn’t write out a check on the spot for the full amount. He actually wrote a somewhat smaller check weeks later, for which the Brooke Army staff were deeply grateful.

That’s it.

Such a debunking. Would that the old corrupt mainstream mediocracy were half as accurate in its routine news coverage. The fact here remains that Denzel did commit a major act of charitable kindness, generosity and patriotism that deserves a heck of a lot more grateful attention that this. Don’t bother to look. The old corrupt mainstream mediocracy was too busy giving headlines to people like Cindy Sheehan and F-Bomb Barbra to waste any ink or pixels on Mr. Washington. Too bad.

Anyway, enough of this story is true to merit repeating what the apparent original author (someone named Sandy Persky) concluded:

The question I have is why does Alec Baldwin, Madonna, Sean Penn and other Hollywood types make front-page news with their anti-everything America crap and this doesn't even make page 3 in the Metro section of any newspaper except the base newspaper in San Antonio?

Why, indeed. So, next time we’re outraged and bummed out by some flako utterance from F-Bomb Barbra or her ilk, let’s remember Denzel Washington and the other side of the story. The one we’re not being told.


Blogger Stacy L. Harp said...

Amen brother blogger :)

5:16 PM  

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