Who writes the adjectives and adverbs used by news readers? For instance, when CNN’s David Schuster reads, “First Lady, Laura Bush, graciously invited Mrs. Obama and the children to the White House…” who decides to use the adverb, “graciously?” Who decides Laura Bush’s reputation will survive her husband’s perfidy?
Who assigns folksy monikers to the powerful people who determine the policies by which the world collapses or thrives? Who told us to think of Bill Clinton as “Bubba” and war mongers as “Condi,” “W” and “Hillary?” Who decided that their policies would be more easily swallowed if we thought of the people behind them in folksy, friendly terms?
Who decided “Union” was a dirty word? Who permeates the airwaves with worker-descriptors like “greedy lobbyists?” How did “bargaining for the rights of workers” become anti-American in the automaker bailout discussion?
When the CEOs of The Big Three showed up in Washington in their corporate jets, who decided it was a “public relations nightmare” rather than the latest example of a rapacious mindset incapable of seeing or understanding the horrors faced by us, our neighbors and friends.
Harry Reid reacted angrily to “the public relations nightmare” because The Big Three’s arrogance made it impossible to pass a bailout without taxpayer, homeowner and Main Street protections. The Congress was forced to delay the bailout the same day it gave Ted Stevens a standing ovation.
Who characterizes former Senator and felon, Ted Stevens as “the lion of the Senate” and gives him a standing ovation as his talons slip from power?
Who’s teaching us to think in easily-digested terms? Who wants us to ignore the wasted humans piling up along the roadside? Who wants us thinking about White House puppies?
Who began calling families and children “the foreclosed?” And if we think of them as “foreclosed,” are we tempted to think of them as having fallen into an abyss? Does it wipe them from our national consciousness? Where do they go? Where do they live? How do their children do in school? Perhaps it doesn’t matter. Perhaps they cease to exist for us once we’ve tagged and obscured them with a derogatory, dismissive phrase. (Which reminds me, if your community doesn’t have a food or clothes bank or a kitchen, now’s the time to help establish one. People need food, diapers and winter clothes.)
Who promulgated the now-accepted notion that Hillary is “enormously qualified to be the next Secretary of State?” On what basis?
Who’s providing texture for our perceptions and thereby, guiding us to a few carefully-designed conclusions?