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While the world is threatened on every hand, the news media remained focus on something that really is not news at all.

North Korea, a country led by a man who is either insane or suffering from a bad case of dementia, is threatening to use nuclear weapons against anybody he doesn’t like. The liberal Democrats now have sixty people in the Senate, which means they can rubber stamp any thing the liberal president wants to do. The Taliban has captured an American soldier in Afghanistan and refuses to release him. Iran can’t run a legitimate election and refuses to listen to its own people. The world’s economies are falling like dominoes. The liberal United States government is about to thrust health care reform on us, something which will raise everybody’s taxes significantly and give us even further reduction in health care quality. This is the real news.

So, what do we hear on the network news? What do we read in the papers? What do we see on Internet news? Michael Jackson

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’s family can’t find a place to hold a memorial service for the man. Is this really news?

I am one who has heard more than he wants to hear about Mr. Jackson. The man’s music left me cold. His death is sad, but much more sad was his life. Surgeries to change his image. Excessive drugs to control pain. Accusations over the way he treated his children. The man ruined his own life. Okay, so he had a rough childhood. So did millions of others. What others did to you as a child is their problem. What you do with your life as an adult is entirely up to you.

So enough of Michael Jackson. The news media reported his death, as they should. But he’s gone. What his family does now is their own private business; it is not news, at least, it shouldn’t be news. At least six other celebrities died this past week. None of them are getting the press Jackson is getting. Congress did not stand for a moment of silence for any of them; it did for Jackson. To be honest, if I were in Congress this past week, I would not have stood for a moment of silence in remembrance of Jackson. I would have remained seated. He did nothing in his life to deserve that honor.

If Congress wants to pay its respects to someone, let them stand for a moment of silence for all the brave young men and women who served and sacrificed in Iraq and Afghanistan. They died defending freedom for others, many of whom didn’t have enough sense to appreciate what was being done on their behalf. Stand for them.

Or, if Congress wanted to pay its respects to an entertainer, let them stand for a moment of silence for Karl Malden who also died in what has been a bad week for celebrities. Malden was an actor who worked hard to master his craft. He remained married to the same woman for over seventy years. He entertained millions of people, probably more than Jackson did. Certainly Malden had many more years of entertaining people than Jackson did, because he did not destroy his body as Jackson did. He died of old age in his nineties, not of his own problems in his fifties. Stand for him.

Let’s return to reporting real news. The world is a dangerous place. Decisions that will impact all Americans are being made quietly in Washington while the news media is in a feeding frenzy over a man who killed himself with drugs and a lifestyle that was peculiar to say the least. I want real news.