A Good Time Was Had by All
AND MEDIA TAKES A SHINE TO LUMINARIES
By Richard Meyer
WASHINGTON [WC News Service] -- Politicians in this country are entitled to a bit of levity. But the spectacle of the Red Carpeted, forced smiles commingling of public servants (so to speak) and "celebrities" at fancy dinner, in a time when middle class families struggle to stay afloat and the income inequality gap is at record levels is a poor spectacle to present to the country at large.
By the way, I do not mean this in any way as a partisan comment, as these spectacles go on during the Administrations of both parties.
The blurring of the lines between entertainment and politics, as reflected daily in the so-called "News" programs, especially in the morning hours, is a pestilence in our times of serious domestic and foreign issues alike.
After 9/11, many vows were made that the era of irony and frivolousness were over. Instead,we are increasingly a culture of "reality shows," entertainment as news, "viral videos," and such.
One can only hope for a change in the way we conduct our public and political lives.