Saturday, January 04, 2014

Context Please!

I still, well remember the visceral reaction I had to talk radio when I heard a subject just mauled repeatedly, while lacking the true context.   I could hear the mesmerizing programming attempt, and was truly disgusted by the number of listeners who succumbed.  This offense is not limited to conservative talk radio hosts, but there are just so many of them, it seems to be more frequent than the liberal hosts.  It also seems that political conservatives are bit more "lock-steppy" than the image of the progressive liberal, or at least; that's how it used to be.

In all the feather ruffling and flap of the Duck Dynasty star's interview, it became obvious that the progressive liberal side of the political spectrum can be just as lock-steppy and out of context as any of Rush Limbaugh's fans.  Phil Robertson is a character, he simply is.  His style is a bit abrupt, but I don't believe he would ever intentionally mislead someone.

In one of his many comments that have been dissected, he had quipped something about marrying young.  His reference was that young women, 15 or 16, were preferable to those over the age of 20.  Some of the headlines were just appalling.  There were "progressives" that made it sound like he was advocating dirty old men hanging out at the elementary school playground, and he had said nothing of that nature!

Phil and Kay Robertson did marry young and there is a four year gap in their ages.  Just to maintain reality here in this "trial by public opinion," Phil Robertson was the father of three and a business owner before the age of 30.  Now, at the age of 67, he's got fame, fortune, and successful marriage of forty some years, to a woman who is also in her 60's.   Phil Robertson doesn't appear to present himself to be anything but what he is.

Taking an anecdotal comment out of context seems very intentionally dishonest, quite misleading, and very poor journalism.  I would have expected more creativity out of those of the progressive leaning, than to copy the tactics of conservative pundits.

The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable: but the mouth of the wicked speaketh frowardness.  a Proverb of Holy Scripture
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