May 9, 2016

MMMM # 538---The MediaTrumped and Captain America/Marvel to the $181Million Rescue!

  There was a time, before the largest then-daily newspaper in Alabama became not-daily and mostly online---when editors kept an eye on what made it under the newspaper's banner name.
      The final arbiter of when someone died was the County Coroner. Nobody was dead until he or she said so.
       Not now. 
       Instead of waiting for official word, they quote a UAB Hospital type who got the wrong info from a family member---and end up reporting the death earlier, making for this headline on Saturday:

UAB running back Greg Bryant dies after injuries from gunshot

But later...

UAB says contrary to earlier statement, RB Greg Bryant still fighting for his life

The Blazers Running back DID die on Sunday.

     I had a similar incident involving the death of a Montgomery County Board of Education member last year. A member of the Trenholm Technical College staff said she had died, but apparently not officially. She was till technically alive..and the coroner had not pronounced her dead.

The Lesson? Wait for the coroner. 

     The Washington Post takes TV News shows to task for not questioning presumed GOP Presidential nominee Donald Trump about claims he's made that have been thoroughly discredited:

 "Trump says he was against the 2003 invasion of Iraq, but research by BuzzFeed found that he did express support for an attack. He said the White House even sent a delegation to tell him to tone down his statements —and we found that also to be false. Yet at least a dozen television hosts in the past two months allowed Trump to make this claim and failed to challenge him."
                                                  The full WP column is HERE.


Yes there are eight superheroes in the movie.
   I'm not a huge fan of superhero movies, which seem to be about 3/4 of the movies produced these days, but I did go to see Captain America: Civil War, contributing a few of the $181.8 Million Dollars the film took in over opening weekend. I didn't realize there was a good deal of political analysis done about new movies...especially superhero movies--- these days. The WP interviewed the film's producers who opined:

"The Avengers are forced to choose — like some superhero-level voters — whether they want bigger or smaller government in their own lives in the aftermath of tragedy."
   See? Just like today.

     Rolling Stone published a story last year about the origin of all of this men-in-capes stuff, including a YouTube clip from the series "Captain Marvel":

"The first true superhero movie arrived in 1941, in the shape of a 12-chapter serial from Republic Pictures: Adventures of Captain Marvel. Based on a Fawcett Comics hero who later ended up as part of the DC Comics roster..."

In part one, the Captain takes on some bad guys...people wearing Arabian headgear. Back to the future.


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1 comment:

Jay Croft said...

I wonder why in some Alabama counties, the office of Coroner is an elected position.

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