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Friday, March 18

Speaking of mass media...

Most people get their news from the television. What's on TV of late? Oh Michael Jackson and baseball players on steroids mostly. No wonder Americans are dumbasses. What was once considered journalism is now info-tainment. "the people want this fluff" "we have to give the people what they want" claim the media moguls. Hog wash. Then don't call it news.

While driving in my car listening to Air America, of course, there was a discussion going on about steroid use in baseball. It's an interesting issue when you listen to both sides. I don't have all the facts as of yet, but here's the gist of the story: Baseball players have been called before congress to testify about their steroid use. Now with all the crap going on in this country that is screwing us in the ass without our consent, congress is spending its time on this stuff. I'd rather that they work on restoring fairness in the news, but that's a pipe dream of mine.

The problem with steroid use is not so much that we care that baseball players are poisoning themselves with steroids (cause I certainly don't care what multimillionaires who play ball ingest), it's that they are role models for some of our kids and they aren't playing with honesty and integrity. One argument is that it's impossible for a regular person to be as athletic and as buff as steroid using athletes and they are setting themselves up as impossible role models much like bulemic/anorexic/drug addicted super models who are impossibly thin. Yes, this sucks big time, but does this warrant news coverage all day long and congressional hearings? You tell me.

Another part of this issue is that the government has subpoenaed medical records of these athletes. Are they allowed to do that? Yes corporations do drug testing on their employees, but does the government have the right to meddle into our medical records? Some say, yes it's ok because baseball players are role models and that they are cheating honest athletes who wouldn't take steroids from positions on major league teams.

Shouldn't the major league be dealing with this? Why can't the major league just test the players and eject them if they show that they are using steroids? Some say that the major league isn't punishing the athletes harshly enough and that's why it's gone before congress. I would like to know why Ken Lay hasn't gone before congress on behalf of all the Enron employees and the Californians who suffered rolling blackouts. Personally, and this is just my opinion, I have a big problem with the salaries that are paid to athletes, models, spokespeople, etc. That is what makes these people into role models. Money. Sure there is some talent involved in handling a ball well, but the way we glorify those who "make it" in sports is ridiculous.

So is all this hoopla about major league baseball and steroid use worth all the news coverage and congressional hearings?

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