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               Tuesday, October 30 2001  

Desperate times reveal media's "relgious" biases

I predicted just after the September 11 attacks that there would be a new sensitivity to spiritual questions and new appreciation for absolute truths in the nation's mass media in the wake of our wake-up call. I don't usually look at the New York Times, but according to a column in Frontpage magazine by Ann Coulter, the great grey lady (one of the Times' nicknames) of America's great city was taking little heed to calls for repentance or changing allegiances. The Times' religious procilivities have been no secret for a century or more: they lean toward Secularism based on a firm foundation on Materialism and Darwinian Survivalism, the real hard core of every attempt to explain "why they (Talibanians) hate us" that I've read.

According to Coulter, since the attacks, the New York Times has focused on how New Yorkers are coping by investigating the downturn in the city's fashion industy (with a headline, "Style: O Fashion, Where Art Thou?"), woes in the entertainment field ("New Look for Entertainment In a Terror-Conscious World)," the plight of people displaced from their neighborhood because of the collapse of the twin towers ("Refugees at the Ritz"), and how magazine editors can survive such upheaval: "After The Attacks: The Magazines Editors Rush to Revise Long-Made Plans."

Another article examined the new urgency in recreational sex. "In another story from the frontlines," Coulter says, "the Times somberly reported that Manhattanites were feeling an urgent need to 'connect primally.' Explaining that he 'wanted something physical,' Adam Lichtenstein, 36, a film editor, offered more detail than readers necessarily needed about his recent one-night stand. 'She is someone I very openly refer to as my wartime liaison,' he said."

Coulter was struck by the incongruity between the kinds of reporting described above and the Times' disinterest in the story about the "miraculous cross" discovered by rescue workers at ground zero, as reported in the Jonal's Inspiration corner for October 7. She says: "While performing the soul-numbing work of pulling human bodies and body parts from the smoking wreckage, construction worker Frank Silecchia happened upon a perfectly symmetrical cross in the midst of the wreckage. It was standing straight, 20-feet high, surrounded by many smaller crosses. Silecchia stopped in his tracks and stood crying for 20 minutes."

Day after day after the cross finding was reported by the Associated Press and other media, the Times ignored it, focusing instead on how a belly dancer lifted some New Yorkers' spirits and why many are turning to sewing to get their minds off things. She concludes:

"The Times eventually mentioned the cross at Ground Zero in one small item on page B-12 over three weeks after Silecchia found it.

"A Franciscan priest, Father Brian Jordan, blessed the cross with Holy water in a ceremony attended by rescue workers, nuns and priests. Bagpipes played 'Amazing Grace.' The workers sang 'God Bless America.' It was arguably an even bigger event than Adam Lichtenstein's one-night stand.

"The one-night stand article was 1,755 words. The coping through sex article was 2,655 words. The knitting article was 1,134 words. Even the article on solace in the malls was 752 words. The article on the cross was 423 words.

"While the Times impatiently waits for the ACLU to put an end to all this monkey business with the cross, the rescue workers continue their work, pulling human remains from the wreckage and making the sign of the cross."

Webmaster Jon Kennedy

One for Halloween week

Walking home after a late party one dark night, two young men decided to take a shortcut through the cemetery. Drawing close to the middle of the cemetery, they were startled by a sharp tapping noise coming from the shadows. As they approaching, trembling, they found an old man with a hammer and chisel, chipping away at one of the headstones. "Geez! You scared us half to death, mister!" the one guy said. "What are you doing working here so late at night?"

"Oh, it's those fools!" the old man grumbled. "They misspelled my name!"

Sent by Mike Harrison


The war at sea

Webmaster's note: This is an unusual "inspiration," but I've received it in my email several times and cannot get through it without becoming teary-eyed, so perhaps I should pass it on. It's an excerpt from a letter from a young American ensign in the U.S. Navy, stationed at sea, writing to his dad.

About two hours ago, we were hailed by a German Navy destroyer, Lutjens, requesting permission to pass close by our port side.

German destroyer, LutjensStrange, since we're in the middle of an empty ocean, but the captain acquiesced and we prepared to render them honors from our bridgewing. As they were making their approach, our conning officer used binoculars and announced that Lutjens was flying not the German, but the American flag. As she came alongside us, we saw the American flag flying half-mast and her entire crew topside standing at silent, rigid attention in their dress uniforms.They had made a sign that was displayed on her side that read "We Stand By You."

Sent by Bill Dalrymple

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