Tomorrow, Sept. 11, is NO NEWS IS GOOD NEWS DAY, which celebrates a truism that isn’t necessarily true….but, if we apply it to covering this Presidential campaign season in America, no news would be good news every day until election day: No more being subjected to The Donald’s incessant Barnum-esque babblings, or to Hillary trying to overcome being Hillary. No more spin from their political shills on cable TV. No more polls. No more any of it. Let’s just vote and get it over with. I’m ready. I’ve been ready.

Now that that’s settled, I am going to start the celebration a day early by not mentioning either candidate for the remainder of this post. Furthermore, I’m not going to subject you to my babblings for the rest of this post; instead, while I’m off celebrating, I’ll let what others have said on the subject of news take it from here. Is that good news, or what?

But first, the news: The House of Commons was sealed off today [while in session] after police chased an escaped lunatic through the front door. A spokesman at Scotland Yard said it was like looking for a needle in a haystack. –Ronnie Barker

It’s not a 24 hour news cycle, it’s a 60 second news cycle now, it’s instantaneous. It has never been easier to get away with telling lies. It has never been easier to get away with the glib one-liner. –Malcolm Turnbull

We all want to get the news objectively, impartially, and from our own point of view. –Bill Vaughan

Public opinion is the God of democracy, and the journalist is his prophet. –Evan Esar

We are in the same tent as the clowns and the freaks — that’s show business. –Edward R. Murrow (broadcast journalist)

It’s amazing that the amount of news that happens in the world every day always just exactly fits the newspaper. –Jerry Seinfeld

The American news media has lowered the bar for all of humanity. British news media is definitely trying to stoop down to that level. Everyone is stooping to the lowest common denominator. –John Oliver

I don’t care what is written about me so long as it isn’t true. –Katherine Hepburn

Some people commit a crime for no other reason than to see their name in print. –Gustave Flaubert

Live long enough and nothing is news. ‘The News’ is ‘the new thing.’  That’s fine, until a hundred years go by and you realize there are no new things, only deep structures and cycles that repeat themselves through different period details. –Glen Duncan





13 comments on “IN NO MOOD TO KNOW NEWS

  1. Carmen says:

    Speaking of such things, when I was visiting in Australia this past summer, ABC usually referred to him as, “The Other Fella”. 🙂

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  2. mistermuse says:

    Would that “The Other Fella” were half as benign in his choice of names for others. 😦


  3. I’m with Jerry Seinfeld.

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    • mistermuse says:

      Likewise — but then, I’m with all of them — maybe the last one most of all, because I’ve gotten old enough to realize how true it is.

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      • Having already passed my biblical “three-score and ten” years of life, I know what you mean.

        Probably one of the oldest expressions of that belief is from the only bible book I really know (and the one I think got in there purely on poetic merit):

        “The thing that has been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.”
        —Ecclesiastes 1:9

        Shakespeare had a funny take on that in one of his sonnets where he says we still run around like someone giving birth to a baby that’s already been born before:

        “If there be nothing new, but that which is,
        Hath been before, how are our brains beguil’d,
        Which, labouring for invention, bear amiss
        The second burden of a former child….”
        —Shakespeare, Sonnet 59

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  4. arekhill1 says:

    Insert the glib one-liner of your choice here, Sr. Muse.

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  5. Don Frankel says:

    No news for me today, just Jets, Giants and Yankees. Besides I think they just make it up as they go.


  6. mistermuse says:

    Don, if you had included the Mets, you would have batted .500, because they won (along with the Giants) while the Jets and Yankees lost. But if it makes you any happier, I won’t rub it in about the Bengals beating the Jets by one point, because the game could’ve gone either way. 🙂


  7. BroadBlogs says:

    The American news media has lowered the bar for all of humanity. British news media is definitely trying to stoop down to that level. Everyone is stooping to the lowest common denominator. –John Oliver

    Pretty sad when a comedian has a better take on the news than the news media.

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  8. mistermuse says:

    Unlike Hillary, The Donald has played the media like a drum for months. If he wins, it will be because she seems never to get the hang of it or learn from what has caused her problems in the past. What a pity that someone so experienced keeps being her own worst enemy.


  9. eths says:

    Loved the video!

    Liked by 1 person

  10. mistermuse says:

    Thanks — the video is a clip from the 1947 movie musical based on the 1927 stage production “Good News” which included such hits as “Lucky In Love,” “The Best Things In Life Are Free” and the title song.

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