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WHERE DOES THE HATE COME FROM?

Posted by Tim Bryce on May 28, 2020

BRYCE ON POLITICS

– How people use the Internet to vent their rage at Republicans.

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Last week it was pointed out to me that most of the protests over coronavirus shutdowns in Democrat controlled states were by Republicans, particularly in Michigan, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Critics thought the protesters were being unreasonable in combating the virus and hateful towards the government. As Democrats have said when they protest, this is nothing more than a First Amendment right of the people to peaceably assemble. Yes, they are upset with the governors in terms of wanting to reopen the state so they can go back to work, but this is far from bring offensive.

What I find particularly hateful and vicious is the discourse from Democrats eminating from Twitter, the popular social media platform. Recently, I discovered several hashtag accounts representing some rather nasty people, to wit:

Republicans are destroying America – one user contended, “Where is the racist group GOP? Oh that’s right, they don’t give a crap cause they agree with and enable a racist, lying, xenophobic, corrupt reality TV figure. Kudos GOP, you are a stain on America.” (And this was one of the nicer entries).

Republicans for Biden – Interestingly, most people in this group fail to identify themselves. I therefore suspect it is a fraud perpetrated by someone else.

Republicans Virus – this is used to blame the GOP for the devastation of the COVID-19 panic.

Republicans Are Killing Us – Another forum to blame Republicans for the virus.

GOP Corruption Over Country – a lot of nasty accusations here.

GOP Genocide – Here, again, the GOP is painted as baby killers.

Trump Lies, People Die – more accusations of incompetence and carelessness.

Not My President – more name calling (including “Deplorables”) and finger pointing.

The hate from these groups is massive and unimaginable. Frankly, I was surprised that nobody was reprimanded by Twitter for their tongue. Interestingly, I earnestly sought Republican counterparts to these groups using words such as those shown above along with others. The closest thing I could find was:

Democrats the Enemy Within – accusations of wrong-doing, but without the venom.

Democrats Hate America – pretty much the same.

This was all I could find in this regard. This either means Republicans are either more civil in their discourse or perhaps this is another instance of censorship by social media to favor Democrats.

Keep in mind, this is but one social media, there are many others also producing such venom.

The hate spewed forward by the Democrats is reckless and scary. However, if they are trying to intimidate the Republicans, I think their rhetoric is backfiring on them as it is forcing Republicans closer together as opposed to scaring them off.

All of this hints at the problems people have with the Trump Derangement Syndrome (TDS). At first, I thought this to be a joke, but now I’m convinced it is a legitimate problem. How do you know you have TDS, well, to paraphrase comedian Jeff Foxworthy:

“You might have Trump Derangement Syndrome if…”

– you blame the President for everything.

– you believe Nancy Pelosi & Chuck Schumer only have the best interests of the country in mind.

– you see nothing wrong with the shenanigans of Antifa.

– you believe AOC is a brilliant intellectual.

– you think it’s time to replace the Constitution with something else.

– you believe Socialism should supersede Capitalism.

– you believe you are entitled to a plethora of freebies, including education, housing, etc.

– you still live in the basement of your parents’ house.

I just wish curing Trump Derangement Syndrome was as simple as giving everyone a dose of saltpeter.

Keep the Faith!

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IS THE NEWS CAUSING DEPRESSION?

Posted by Tim Bryce on August 1, 2016

BRYCE ON THE NEWS

– Does it act like a drug?

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I’ve been studying depression and the causes of it. From what I have read, scientists are not absolutely sure why it occurs, it can be for a variety of reasons, but it appears cases of it are rising in the Untied States. I’m told it affects one in ten Americans, more than 16 million adults. I also heard the United States is one of the leading nations suffering from this affliction.

People suffering from depression exhibit a variety of symptoms, such as sadness and low mood, a sense of hopelessness, irritability, persistent doubting, and intolerance. In my circle of friends, most see the country spinning out of control, not just politically, but morally both in the corporate world and personal lives. I see little optimism and cannot remember seeing someone in business “knocking them dead.” It seems most people are just trying to hang on. The stock markets seem to be stalling, as does our GDP, and we no longer seem to command respect from our overseas partners. In general, the mood of the country is simply not good; a sort of national depression.

I’ve read a few studies suggesting part of the problem is our fixation on news. I believe we consume too much of it. Traditional newspapers and news magazines may have diminished, but we now live in an era of 24/7 news reporting which we either watch on television or over the Internet. As for me, I’m a news junky as I want to stay abreast of the latest political and corporate news, as well as the avant garde. I receive news alerts during the day, view on-line news sources, and at night I watch cable news. It is even common for me to fall asleep with a news channel on all night. If I wake up and hear something newsworthy, it is not unusual for me to jump on my computer and write up some notes for an essay.

My circle of friends may not be as consumed by the news as I am, but they definitely follow it throughout the day. I also find people over 40 tend to be more interested in the news than the millennials. Nonetheless, I suspect news reporting does, indeed, have an impact on us.

Aside from tragic news which shocks our emotions, the obsession we possess in terms of political news has perhaps a more deep seeded affect on us. The news we hear is unsettling to our sensibilities. We are easily disturbed when our sense of right and wrong is tested, be it through an act of our government officials, corruption, or some other indiscretion. It simply offends us that such an act could occur. Consider this, conservatives intensely dislike Mrs. Clinton and believe she should be in jail. Likewise, liberals feel the same about Mr. Trump. If we focus on these issues too long, it begins to consume our psyche and allows depression to set in.

News also inhibits our thinking which requires concentration. To do so, we need time during the day when we are not disturbed to focus on our work. However, the news is specifically designed to interrupt our day. To illustrate, it is not uncommon for me during the work day to receive a pop-up message on some news item. However, over the years I have trained myself to quickly deal with the message (either delete or save it) before returning to my work. In other words, I have disciplined myself not to allow it to interrupt too much of my work. I tend to believe others are not as disciplined.

Thanks to technology, the news acts like a drug we are addicted to. Even though we are alarmed by what we hear, we cannot seem to change the channel, and want to know more. This is what the news media is counting on in order to fill their coffers. This explains why on a slow news day, they manage to find a small scrap of news and blow it out of proportion to unsettle us.

Perhaps the best advice on how to handle news depression comes from a masseuse friend of mine who said not to watch more than fifteen minutes of news at a sitting. “It will drive you crazy otherwise,” he contends. That’s difficult for someone like me who needs to monitor news for story ideas, but it make a lot of sense for those who are not.

Also published with News Talk Florida.

Keep the Faith!

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Tim Bryce is a writer and the Managing Director of M&JB Investment Company (M&JB) of Palm Harbor, Florida and has over 30 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb001@phmainstreet.com

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GOOD NIGHT CHET

Posted by Tim Bryce on November 6, 2009

For over 40 years I have been a loyal follower of NBC news. It began in the 1960’s with the Huntley-Brinkley report which I still consider the preeminent newscast of all time, better than both Walter Cronkite (CBS) and Howard K. Smith (ABC), although I had a lot of respect for Smith as a no-nonsense newsman. Chet Huntley reported from New York and his delivery was both authoritative and unbiased. David Brinkley reported from Washington, DC and possessed a slight yet charming North Carolina accent. He would also deliver quips that were both humorous and thought-provoking. The correspondents on the show followed Huntley-Brinkley’s lead and helped turn the show into the most credible and trustworthy news program of the day.

Huntley retired in 1970 to his beloved Montana, leaving Nightly News in the capable hands of Frank McGee, John Chancellor, and Brinkley. When McGee passed away prematurely due to cancer, the mantel fell to Chancellor with Brinkley offering commentary. Chancellor did a capable job until his retirement in the early 1980’s and Brinkley moved on to other projects. It was during this period that NBC News underwent a transformation as executives worried about ratings, and a new generation of news people began to emerge, which lead to Tom Brokaw and Brian Williams. Similar changes were also being enacted by CBS and ABC at this time, probably due to the advent of 24/7 news reporting as introduced by Ted Turner’s CNN. Whereas news had once been the exclusive domain of the networks, cable news turned it into a whole new ball game. Executives became obsessed with ratings and started changing the format and content of network news, and in my opinion, not for the better.

I should mention that morning news programs also started to change at this same time. Barbara Walters, Hugh Downs, and Frank Blair anchored a Today Show in the 1960’s with impeccable trust, but as they eventually moved on to other projects, their replacements lacked their authority and credibility.

Then along comes Fox News in the 1990’s which, to me as a loyal NBC News viewer, was meaningless. I rarely watched it, but over the years I started to hear my friends and relatives mention they were watching Fox as they preferred its format and content. Again, as a loyal NBC News viewer, I stayed the course. Then, during this decade, I started to hear the “Big Three” snipe at Fox News, which began to pique my curiosity about the upstart. It was also at this time when I lost confidence in NBC’s ability to report news fairly. All of the news seemed slanted towards a political ideology. To me, it was no longer fair and balanced and, as such, they lost my trust and pushed me into the arms of Fox News which I now watch with regularity.

It is a sad day for journalism when we begin to think of television news as organs of a political party. Both Huntley and Brinkley would be spinning in their graves if they could see the state of network news today. I took great comfort in how they reported the news. I trusted and respected them. If they had something to say, I listened, and I miss this generation of newscasters greatly. I no longer trust network news, least of all NBC, not only have they lost credibility with me, I am now suspicious of the news they report. As a long time NBC viewer, this saddens me.

“Good night Chet. Good night David. And goodbye to NBC News.”

Such is my Pet Peeve of the Week.

Keep the Faith!

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NEWS OVERLOAD

Posted by Tim Bryce on August 21, 2009

For many years, we usually got our news from the morning or evening newspapers. This was then supplemented by radio, which we either listened to at home or in our cars to and from work. The radio was eventually replaced by television, with news either early in the morning, or at 6:30 at night. Ted Turner then introduced us to 24/7 news reporting, and the race was on to create whole television networks to report on the slightest development of anything. In the meantime, computers and the Internet were phased in with web browsers and e-mail which, among other things, allowed us to peruse news of interest at our leisure. This also allowed news alerts and feeds to be automatically generated about selectable subjects of interest, and distributed not only through computers, but through cell phones and other hand held devices.

If I ever need to know what’s going on though, I just ask my wife. She mans what I call the “Media Center” in our family room, whereby she scours the morning newspaper from cover to cover, and any other periodical that comes our way. Next to her is her morning coffee and cigarette, her cell phone, and the house phone. The television is tuned to a morning news program which, in addition to video, includes several scrollable news bars telling viewers what is going on in Tierra del Fuego. In front of her is her laptop which receives her e-mail and news alerts. She’s very informed. If she doesn’t know about something, it probably didn’t happen. Actually, I think the folks at mission control in Houston would be a bit envious of her setup.

Today we have more sources for news than ever before, thus establishing fierce competition for the attention of the consumer. So much so, it is changing our habits for receiving and digesting the news. It puzzles me though, with so many news outlets at our disposal, how can the American people be so uninformed? Think about it. In this country most of us now have access to publications, television, computers, and cell phones, yet most people haven’t got a clue as to what is going on (other than in the world of entertainment).

Maybe the reason is that we actually get less news today and more spin. Instead of “here are the facts” (and allow you to arrive at your own conclusion), we now have “here are the facts and this is what they mean.” In other words, hard news is sacrificed for analysis and hyperbole. Let’s face it though, news can be pretty dry and boring and, instead of putting their audience to sleep, the media moguls add glitz and controversy to spark interest from their audience (and continue to peddle their wares). The danger here however, is too much spin lends itself to brainwashing. It’s like saying, “Look, you’re too stupid to figure this out, so this is what it means and here is what you should be thinking.” I fear too many people have been conditioned to think this way, leaving the door open to politicians with the most money to sway voters as they see fit.

The answer is not necessarily to develop your own personal “Media Center” like my wife did, but to just pay more attention to what is going on and challenge what is being preached to you by the media. Just remember, honest journalism died with the advent of 24/7 news reporting.

Such is my Pet Peeve of the Week.

Keep the Faith!

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Tim Bryce is the Managing Director of M. Bryce & Associates (MBA) of Palm Harbor, Florida and has over 30 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb001@phmainstreet.com

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