Media victims today of today’s technology – Red Bluff Daily News


Television offers viewers today something we did not experience in my day of newspapers and radio. It allows viewers to see news practically as it happens, or doesn’t happen, yet how can this be?

If the telly depicts a crowd, the viewer can think, yes, a large crowd, but if the telly tells you the estimated size, that’s your take away from the story. However, the caption for the photo may also compare it with a previous turn out and this then causes the viewer to evaluate and form a judgement as to whether this is a trend or a confirmation of previous held opinion?

My point is that a picture is indeed worth a thousand words, but is it true? If we agree that photos can be “photoshopped” — i.e., altered — then can a crawl or a tweet be relied upon as gospel? Nope. We are all media victims today of today’s technology, and we really have no idea of what we are being fed is true or false. If so, has the news always been manipulated? Perhaps, but not to today’s extent.

William Randolph Hearst owned newspapers and they reflected his political views. Cursory examination suggests this is no longer the case, at least not locally. Nationally, the Washington Post and the New York Times are generally acknowledged as being biased, but our Red Bluff Daily (mostly) News appears to remain unsullied, columnists being the exception. Columns are described as opinions, and what you see is what you get, warts and all.

Conclusion. Assuming that all the votes have been tabulated and are true, they then indicate approximately half the country believes Biden is our new President and half believe Trump is still our President, and further, the Trump camp believes the voting was rigged. Ergo, choose your poison. Tsk, tsk.

Speaking of our government, a valued correspondent replies, when asked what he would advise Biden to do regarding the pandemic, “The people making the decisions are considering only the death and destruction they see if we do not close the economy, and they do not appear to be considering the death and destruction which will result from the closing the economy, and the use of statistics is misleading, and coming from those with the ability to know must be intentional.” And he continues, “I understand that politics has never been an honest game, and once a leader decides that it is necessary to save lives, that leader is very likely (no matter which party he/she comes from) to say anything which will be believed and will motivate people to do what he/she thinks is right. They are interested in results not in generating a debate. Those people are not evil; I believe they are doing what they think they need to do. That does not excuse them from considering all bad possibilities and concentrating on just one (the virus) bad possibility. What I would prefer to see Mr. Biden do is to (1) call not just on his health experts but also on his economic experts; (2) obtain from his medical experts the best possible guesstimate (meaning stop misusing statistics) of the death and destruction that could happen to citizens if he does not close the economy; (3) obtain from his financial experts the best possible guesstimate of the death and destruction which could happen to citizens if he does close the economy; (4) openly and honestly reveal both guesstimates; (5) and only then take input and make his decision.”

Makes sense.

Regarding the local effort to recall Tehama County Supervisors Garton and Williams, be advised that there are about 500 members of the Recall Facebook page who say they want to help in the effort. They will have a list of bullet points on sheet handouts to give to interested parties.

As an aside, recalls of elected officials are not a frivolous undertaking. The two Supervisors subject to possible recall have been in office for many years and have obviously satisfied, in the past, the needs of those people in their districts. And yet,their approval of people in and about the Planning Department who have not conducted themselves in an appropriate or business like manner, needs correction.

Deep thoughts offered by K. Heiber:

How important does a person have to be before they are considered assassinated instead of just murdered?

Why do you have to “put your two cents in” but it’s only a “penny for your thoughts?” Where’s that extra penny going?

Once you’re in heaven, do you get stuck wearing the clothes you were buried in for eternity?

What disease did cured ham actually have?

Why is it that people say they “slept like a baby” when babies wake up like every two hours?

If a deaf person has to go to court, is it still called a hearing?

Why is “bra” singular and “panties” plural

If electricity comes from electrons, does morality come from a moron?

How did the man who made the first clock know what time it was?

A man is on his deathbed and knows the end is near. His nurse, his wife, his daughter and two sons are with him. He asks for two witnesses to be present and a camcorder be in place to record his last wishes, and when all are ready, he begins to speak.

“My son Bernie, I want you to take the Ocean Reef houses. My daughter Sybil, you take the apartments between mile markers 100 and Tavernier. My son Jamie, I want you to take the offices over in the Marathon Government Center. Sarah, my dear wife, please take all the residential buildings on the bayside on Blackwater Sound.”

The nurse and witnesses are blown away as they did not realize his extensive holdings, and as Doug slips away, the nurse says, to his widow, “Your husband must have been such a hard-working man to have accumulated all this property!”

The wife replies, “The jerk had a paper route.”

Robert Minch is a lifelong resident of Red Bluff, former columnist for the Corning Daily Observer and Meat Industry magazine and author of the “The Knocking Pen.” He can be reached at

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