Skip to comments.Reinventing the nanny state
Posted on 06/19/2007 6:14:12 AM PDT by gpapa
We have complained from time to time about the CNN Airport News Channel that we are forced to endure during waits for flights. Now my conservative cousin from New York informs me of another insidious intrusion CNN is foisting upon an even more captive audience. He writes:
As I sit in various medical offices awaiting cancer treatment I am subjected to constant scolding from the CNN Health Channel. Patients many of whom are in great pain and decrepitude hear hour after hour of the channel's host, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, drone on about the dangers of such activities as eating French fries, playing video games and riding swings. Gupta often echoes Democratic talking points on such issues as global warming and pharmaceutical regulation. One day I asked the receptionist if I could change the channel to watch the Yankee game. She explained that the TV was locked into the CNN Health Channel. When I then asked if she would turn the set off, the receptionist apologized and said that CNN pays a fee to the doctors for having the set on during office hours.
Several other patients joined me in complaining. Soon the room was filled with a cacophony of New York, Chinese and Spanish accents asking her to shut the TV off. Finally, the receptionist agreed to lower the volume. Another patient pulled out his radio so we could listen to the Yankee game. What a relief.
Nanny-state... or State Propaganda?
It is nice to know that Capitalism is alive and well even at CNN.
Neither - it’s a business arrangment, not an extension of an arm of the government.
The doc-in-the-box clinic I used to go to in South Carolina had that scam going. They had a TV in the corner playing some CNN health show with Sanjay Gupta paired with one of the CNN hotties (Daryn Kagan, I think) constantly, I think it may have been a one-hour show looped over and over and over. And yes, it was all about how everything you are doing right now that might provide any pleasure in your life is GOING TO KILL YOU.
At least when I’m stuck in an airport with CNN’s airport channel, I can watch the airplanes instead.
When the Democrats take over and we all get our new mandated digital tvs, there will be no “off” or “mute” button. It will automatically turn on to greet us with the day’s talking points, and shut off when we “ought” to be doing other things.
The (Democrat) State knows what is best for us.
“Be seeing you...”
I never finished the book, but the outsider notes when he gets there hearing music played in the rooms. The local inmates have been there so long they have tuned it out.
But subconciously it will still act on you.
My doctor’s office does not have such an arangement (yet).
But when I’m at the airport, I counter program with headphones and a radio/tape/or CD.
And the DNC colludes with the MSM on stories these days. While it may not represent “the government’s” talking points, it does reflect DIRECTLY the talking points of one HALF of the government (the half that seeks to rule and control through a shadow government of operatives who seek to undermine and thwart the elected office holders when they are out of power).
When he was building his dream, many of us applauded. We believed that he was creating a powerful source of truth; a means of bringing truth and information to a world misled by propaganda, censorship, and disinformation; and an antidote to the wearisome, slanted, trendy, groupthink propaganda emanating from the New York/Washington axis.
We were mistaken.
He amplified that same old wearisome propaganda. It now broadcasts constantly throughout the world.
Now considering the dream, the failure is sad and obvious.
There are also soap operas in some waiting rooms and hospitals. (I often wondered who watches that crap-and finally learned.)
Our eye doctor insists on Fox News. Is this a paid arrangement ?