One of the great attractions of the Dennis Prager Radio Show is the quality and character of almost all of the callers who have something to share with Dennis.
I feel the same way regarding the letters to the editor to the Wall Street Journal, especially those which deal with the writer’s personal experiences. Such as the letter written by a Dick Jacobs of Tucson, Arizona.
He wrote in the July 26, 2010 Journal in connection with the Leftwing JournoList scandal:
” I’ve worked in both the corporate world and the news operations of a major metropolitan newspapaerI’m sure Fred Barnes is right that msot people attracted to the media are liberal arts majors who tne d to be political liberals (“The Vast Left-Wing Media Conspiracy,” op-ed, July 22). But other factors are equally important.
As every editor knows, assign a reporter to the police beat and before long, he begins to reflect the viewpoint of cops. Except for a handful of business reporters, most reporters on a general circulation newspaper cover public agencies. Over the years, I tlaked to mahors, polic chiefs, amabassadors, members of Congress and, on a couple of occasions, U.S. presidents. But never once did I interview a business executive.
Is it any wonder that when I entered the business world, I discovered I knew virtually nothing about corporate life and all the things corporations do? I found most of the stuff I had read about evil corporations in libersl publications was just not true. The owners, or top management, of a news organization choose their top news executives, they in turn choose the front-line editors. If conservatives hope to see more balance in the way the media cover the news, they need to persuade entrepreneurs and investors to get into the news business.”
Comment: The same could be said about education, both college and high school.
I taught high school seniors at a public school in Minneapolis for 8 years. The best way to describe the class title is “Problems in American Democracy”. I enjoyed teaching very much.
I never had a single instructor in all of my endless years of my college learning career who came from business, or even mentioned anything about it except when there was a scandal. I cannot remember a one who plugged for private enterprise, except in whatever classes I had in economics. I suspected such foreigners of those days gone by also existed in all of the public health classes I enroled in.
I spent the first 35 years of my professional life closely, very closely connected to academics and academia. It was one of my life’s great enjoyments. If anyone referred to business, with rare exception, it was negative…..certainly in the general and often in the specific.
Charlie Wilson, head of General Motors in the fifties dared to suggest.”What is good for General Motors, is good for the country.”
He was ridiculed, pilloried. He was criminal to suggest the two institutions could be measured on the same plane. No one in business could be trusted. Students, the public, were constantly reminded, people in business didn’t have the purity of character as the university “educated”….meaning those who never left university.
My dad owned a corner drugstore. I never thought of him as being in private enterprise. He was Dad. I never associated him with a title other than Dad.
I’d be a runner for him going to various nearby druggists for prescription ingredients Dad needed for various drug preparations. He was always praised for his meticulous honesty even from his nearest competitors. I am sure, dear readers, you know how I felt when I heard such accolades.
In my own experiences , yes I have made some bad purchases……the worst was buying a 1958 Metropolitan car in Fayetteville, North Carolina……the worst purchase ever. There almost always have been responsible people honestly presenting their product or service above the table and in the light of day. (Unlike the present American president, the man from academia, I might add.)
In 1988 I started my own landscape business. Everyone I have dealt with from wholesalers to my competitors I know best, these are honest, law abiding, decent, tolerant, pleasant, intelligent, and for the most part very professional law abiding folks, completely belying the propaganda from the academia front. Some homeowners haven’t measured up, but even that number is very small.
It was only after my personal introduction into the world of private ownership did I realize the Liberal picture taught in American schools and universities, is essentially false in its assumptions.
There are exceptions…..and American mass media, especially those involved in the JournoList scandal do their country no service for the corruption the create and spread.
But, then, from where would they know they are so wrong in their methods and conclusions if their God is government?