NEW YORK, November 28, 2012 – Now what? For the longest time, the 2012 unending election season, news junkies like myself claimed the TV to ourselves. We gloried in round-the-clock politics and nothing but politics.
We were hooked and it was like the Red Sox versus the Yankees night and day.
Finally we came to the Three Debates and no matter which side you took, well, these were our World Series, our Super Bowl, our High Holidays.
Like I said, now what? Right now I’ve got Senator John McCain (R-Az.) on the TV with Fox Business News anchor Neil Cavuto and it’s something about U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice, a legitimate concern, but no big whoop. A moment ago there was chatter about the “fiscal cliff” and I know this is important, but come on, you call THAT entertainment?
Back then, in those election season good ole’ days, we had a magnificent four year run, a campaign that kicked off the moment Obama took office the first time around and didn’t quit until a few moments ago. Back then my wife would say, “Honey, let’s go down to the Shore. I know you have some horses picked out.”
Here’s me: “What! Are you kidding? Ann Coulter is going to be on Hannity.”
So I was there, four years straight, right in the thick of it all (from the couch) talking head to talking head, punch for punch and always rooting for the guy on the Right side of politics, which tells you immediately that I’m a Conservative, though, really, there is a touch of the Liberal in me.
There was a time, y’know, when Liberals were the good guys, along with Conservatives. For one thing, Liberals supported Israel. I do not know how this got so tragically turned-around. There was Truman, no pushover, and JFK who finally came to his senses after getting trounced by Nikita in Vienna and the biggest Liberal of them all, Adlai Stevenson.
Adlai gave as good as he got over there at the UN against the Soviets. All Democrats and remember that it was a Republican, Eisenhower, who integrated our Armed Forces.
Back to being, or not being, a Liberal. I love Unemployment Insurance and back when I was down in the dumps and my novels were only a dream, I read most of Hemingway’s short stories while waiting in line and even wrote a fine chapter for “The Girls of Cincinnati” before my number came up.
But that’s about as far as I go on the Liberal side, more or less.
But this is about the news, right now.
During my four year run as a Fox News couch potato (we’ll get to the others in a moment), I hastened and thrilled to every match-up between, say, Laura Ingraham and Juan Williams.
Juan, by the way, lost me during the GOP Convention when he made that crack about Ann Romney, calling her a “corporate wife,” and worse, when he said she was “lucky.” Really? This totally beautiful American woman has been battling cancer and MS and this, this is lucky?
Love all the rest but don’t know if Juan can ever win me back.
About The Five, I am a fan, except for the big guy with the suspenders who keeps mugging for the camera and for his Liberal friends. Listen, I do not get it why Liberals keep being so angry, bitter and indignant. They keep winning everything in sight, including the Supremes on Obamacare and yet they are still ticked off?
But through it all, all those years of wall-to-wall campaign coverage, I was at attention for every speech from Obama or anybody else. I quickened to all the analyses. Every speech, you will recall, was analyzed before, during and after the time it was given, though it is still a mystery how something can be analyzed before it happens.
And, I ask, have you noticed what happens when you mention Fox News to Liberals? They begin stomping the ground and go berserk.
So this is the test:
If it’s Fox News, you’re Conservative, but will listen to another point of view. If it’s CNN, you’re neither fish nor fowl. I did glance over at CNN the other day and here we go again, another hate-fest against Israel.
If it’s NBC (or MSNBC), there’s no hope…and you simply will not listen and learn.
So for me, though I still watch the news, I will gladly switch channels for “TheGodfather” or “Lawrence of Arabia.” There’s also football but the Eagles are my home team so let’s not kid ourselves.
Say, who do you like for 2016? Too soon to get this started?
Jack Engelhard is a novelist for such moral dilemma bestsellers as The Bathsheba Deadline, The Girls of Cincinnati, and the classic Indecent Proposal, his memoir Escape From Mount Moriah, and Slot Attendant – A Novel About A Novelist is Engelhard’s partly autobiographical expose about the trials of making it as a writer, bring his words to the Communities page covering all topics, with special focus on the absurdity of human behavior, and reaches around the globe.
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