This essayist would be slotted as follows: overall, a conservative – fiscal conservative – right wing nut – part of the vast Christian conspiracy – and toss him into the racist slot too. That’s how easy it is – when you label people; even when you don’t know them, you slot them.
Some months ago, at the annual Notre Dame v. Michigan football contest, at the beginning of the game there was some hullabaloo about one of the Notre Dame ball players – this essayist was there but didn’t even give it a thought – when you are surrounded by 80,000 rabid Domer's even a mentally challenged fellow such as yours truly has the common sense to be making note of various escape routes. The game was played – incredibly poor showing for the maize and blue – but, as usual, the sponsors prevailed and carried the day – thanks to normal time outs and an elevated number of commercial timeouts, we were out of there after three and one half hours.
Didn’t have a clue who Manti Te’o was then anymore than today. He is obviously a kid – a 22 year old kid, but a kid, nevertheless.
Last December, this kid got caught up in a whirlwind of media hype and excitement having to do with an imaginary girl friend. Kids do have imaginary friends. Again, all we could think was – give the kid a break. Why do we make such a big deal out of what kids do when kids don’t have a clue about what they are doing? There was reason to question Notre Dame higher ups – whomever and wherever they may be. Their job is to protect kids – not expose them to silliness. Their mistake goes back to that game – when they chose to expose a kid to some promotional nonsense – in public – all for their silly marketing and advertising needs – to a media that will consume you as quickly as they will glorify you. It is not the job of college bureaucrats to expose kids to harm. It is their job to protect kids – the concept is “in loco parentis” – they should never have hyped a personal situation about one player. One or more adults should have lost their job over that debacle.
Now, the kid wants to play pro ball and they wonder if he is gay – he says no. All because Notre Dame held the kid up to display and exploitation when they should have protected him – never expose a kid to the media – never.
We didn’t say it at the time but we do now – to this media machine – to this Hollywood media disaster – leave the kid alone. You can destroy lives with your nonsense – you’ve done it before – your appetite is insatiable for destruction and it all begins with your meddling and your labeling – your never ending attempts to gather one more minute of momentary media meddling – one more dollar of sugar drink and fatty, salty snack promotion dollars into your Hollywood money machine.
There is nothing more disgusting in America today that the popular, Hollywood media and the culture it promotes. The Obama’s are captivated by them – accessories before, during and after the fact.
The media needs to leave this kid alone.
PS: By the way, we see that one of the media machine’s stars – a 40 year veteran is on the outs with the Obama’s and the propagandists. Too bad. Sounds to us like one chicken coming home to roost. We have said it before – history will not look well upon the Obama presidency.