Friday, February 17, 2006

Is media the only "killer bees?"

An article in the Salt Lake Tribune talks about Senator Howard Stephenson from Draper who referenced a quote by President Gordon B. Hinckley of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The quote is from the April 1990 General Conference of the Church. It is: "Our generation is afflicted with critics in the media who think they do a great and clever thing in mercilessly attacking men and women in public office and in other positions of leadership.They are prone to take a line or a paragraph out of context and pursue their prey like a swarm of killer bees. They lash out with invective and snide innuendo against those who have no effective way of fighting back or who, in the spirit of the teachings of the Master, prefer to turn the other cheek and go forward with their lives."
This made me wonder a couple of things.
First, is the media the only people who go after someone "like a swarm of killer bees?" Maybe the politicians in our state should look inside themselves to see if they are guilty of the same thing. My guess is that they would find times when they have also taken a line or a paragraph out of context, and then gone after their prey like a swarm of killer bees. Maybe there has been a line or a paragraph that was accidentally or unintentionally incorrect. Have those same politicians then also gone after their prey like a swarm of killer bees? President Hinckley also said in his talk, "We live in a world where there is so much of harshness. We live in a world filled with hostility and meanness. By reason of our human natures, so many seem prone to act with unmitigated selfishness regardless of injury to others." We would all do better if we did not act in such a way.
Second, it made me wonder if Senator Stephenson felt the same way about the media when it was going after President Bill Clinton like a swarm of killer bees after his impeachment. If we truly feel this way about the media, we must feel this way even if they are attacking someone not of our same political persuasion.

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