Unlike a play-by-play baseball announcer who is obligated to keep a running commentary even though the most interesting thing going on in the outfield is some personal scratching, we writers are under no such compulsion to offer an opinion when there's nothing going on upstairs.
Well, most of us anyway. I suppose a columnist gets paid to wax editorial on demand, but us less prosaic sorts are free to stick a sock in it when we have little to offer, which...at the risk of bursting your collective bubbles...happens more often than we care to admit.
I think it would be absolutely wonderful to tune into CNN some evening and hear the resident news anchordeity declare that there was nothing of enough importance going on in the world to waste time and electricity reporting on it. The term "news" is somewhat ironic in itself, as one might surmise that in order to qualify as news there has to be something new in it. I can't remember the last time I ever heard anything actually new on the news.
The fact of the matter is that the Earth continues to rotate on its axis whether anyone happens to report on it or not. The weather does its thing regardless of what the forecaster says. The outfielder scratches the same personal place regardless of what the play-by-play announcer announces.
I think Man needs a weekly Sabbath from the news...of either the good or bad sort.
Nobody is as staunch an advocate of the freedom of the press than I. Freedom of the press is an inalienable right, and central to the American way of life.
But, just as importantly, so is freedom from the press.
Causes Eric Nichols Supports
Free Burma Rangers, Partners Ministries (Thailand), Literacy council of Alaska, Access Alaska.