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All I Want For Christmas

All I want for Christmas won't fit under the tree, but I ran down a few of the things on my wish list anyway in my column at Townhall today.

My six year old lost her two front teeth a few weeks ago and was thrilled that she would be able to sing "All I Want for Christmas is my Two Front Teeth" with a big authentic gap this year. Needless to say, that song has gotten a lot of play around my house his Christmas. I started thinking this week about what I want for Christmas. Unfortunately, nothing I want will fit under a tree.

When I was a little girl I wore out the Sears "Wish Book," putting dog ears on the pages and circling the toys I wanted with a marker. There isn't anything I have my heart set on this year that could be found in a wish book. My list of wants is topped with the wish that my kids continue to be happy and healthy. Many of the items on my wish list though extend to the world outside of my family.

I could include the beauty pageant wish on my list and ask for "world peace" (or even "whirled peas" as the bumper sticker says). I am not even sure what world peace would look like, though, and judging by what currently passes for peace in some countries, it might even be somewhat overrated.

There are some other wishes, however, that would bring peace into my world if they ever were granted.

One of those things is a fair, honest, open and unbiased press. This gift would certainly lower my blood pressure significantly. I don't think there is any way to completely remove bias from reporting, at least as long as humans are involved in the process, but there are quite a few guidelines that could be followed to improve on the current state of reporting.

One of those guidelines might be to start with the facts, rather than starting with a template and then squishing the facts to fit into it like a size ten trying to squeeze into a size seven shoe. Using credible sources would be a plus (preferably live, breathing ones), as well as using authentic documents. (Sorry, but "fake, but accurate" just isn't good enough.) I am really dreaming on this one, but I would love to see political news stories reported fairly enough that I would be left wondering the political affiliation of the person, group or legislation being reported. Maybe if reporting was a bit more balanced there could be some progress made on the next item on my wish list..


Comments (12)

One of those things is a... (Below threshold)
astigafa:

One of those things is a fair, honest, open and unbiased press.

Interesting request from a Fox News fan.

How do you spell "obsession... (Below threshold)
Lee:

How do you spell "obsession" -- as in "Lorie has developed a weird and unhealthy obsession with bashing the press." -- is it a double 's' after the 'e'?

I hope her famliy has an enjoyable Christmas celebration, and aren't just stuck in the house all day listening to mommy grind her teeth...

astigafa, Spoken l... (Below threshold)
Chip:

astigafa,

Spoken like a truly "open-minded" liberal.

Given that you are hesitant... (Below threshold)
yetanotherjohn:

Given that you are hesitant on wishing for world peace because your "not even sure what world peace would look like, though, and judging by what currently passes for peace in some countries, it might even be somewhat overrated.", I would have thought a similar hesitancy would have attached to "a fair, honest, open and unbiased press".

Because I'm "not even sure what [a fair, honest, open and unbiased press] would look like, though, and judging by what currently passes for [a fair, honest, open and unbiased press] in some countries, it might even be somewhat overrated."

Wow!Lorie, you hav... (Below threshold)
robert the original:

Wow!

Lorie, you have become a magnet for the mindless!

Astigafa,

Was it Fox that was caught forging documents, photoshoping stuff and making up sources?

Yetanotherjohn,

I'm sure you cannot imagine a fair, open, honest and unbiased press - but I can. At this point I would settle for fair, where CNN would not agree to advance Saddam's BS by contract.

You had to know that the tw... (Below threshold)
jhow66:

You had to know that the two biggest hypocritical assholes on here would be the first to post a negative comment.

As long as the lion'... (Below threshold)


As long as the lion's share of "journalists" are supplied by "Schools of Journalism," we can forget anything beyond a pretense of objectivity. These people became journalists to "change the world," and they can't achieve their goal of a socialist utopia by settling for just the facts, ma'am.


Chip: Remember that just because someone has a hole in their head, it doesn't necessarily mean they are "open minded."

Lee is projecting again.<br... (Below threshold)
SCSIwuzzy:

Lee is projecting again.
Acting out his obsession for Wizbang and the ladies esp, as well as displaying his anger.
LOL
The gift that keeps on giving.

OH, and asti... trying to refute someones accusation of bias with his own unmaskable bias.

Im actually glad we get lib... (Below threshold)
Gianni:

Im actually glad we get lib idiots trolling here. They continue to prove how disruptive, hateful, small minded and biased they are.

A libtard argues for freedom of speech, yet, the uber libs do whatever they can to prevent those they disagree with from enjoying the same. (i.e. Columbia U)

A libtard argues for freedom of press, yet, the uber libs will slam Fox, who is way closer to center of aisle than say, CBS or CNN. I see way more annoying libs on Fox than conservatives on any other network.

Libtards come here and voice their less than objective opinions, yet see how much of a conservative voice is allowed in the uberleft forums.

My, it gets noisy in here s... (Below threshold)
astigafa:

My, it gets noisy in here sometimes.

Merry Christmas, all.

Merry Christmas to all! Ev... (Below threshold)
Lorie:

Merry Christmas to all! Even the sourpusses that posted above.

ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS... (Below threshold)
spurwing plover:

ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS MY TWO FRONT TEETH. MY TWO FRONT TEETH. SEE MY TWO FRONT TEETH.GE IF I ONLY HAD MY TWO FRONT TEETH.THEN I COULD WISH YOU MERRY CHRISTMAS you have,nt heard it till you,ve heard the version by SPIKE JONES




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