Wednesday, February 9, 2011

The Absence Of News - Sorry To Disappoint You

With a headline like ours today, you may think that there's nothing to talk about - when that is actually the furthest thing from our minds.

In fact, there are such a huge number of topics we'd like to discuss, we're not sure where to start.

For starters, congrats go out to multiple media people we know - including one of our editors, Deb. She is now the Blog Director for the Washington, DC Young Republicans and their new website 'GOProckstars.com'. We also have to give congratulations to Mr. Keith Olbermann and many of his staff members, who will be moving soon to CurrentTV for a new and improved version of Keith's show.

Unfortunately, all we can link to is preliminary announcements about these two items, since neither website actually exists at this time.

We'd thought about writing a commentary on the slow but steady rise in the price of gasoline in the U.S. and the fact that no one is talking about it. However, we couldn't find much serious recent journalism on the subject other than this stub article from the LA Times - simultaneously proving our point, while giving us not much to address on that subject. That being said, today's Daily Felltoon pretty much says all that needs to be said about that topic.

We could discuss how much American families and businesses are paying in taxes - except that, for the third year in a row, Americans are paying less in federal taxes than they did under the Bush administration. In fact, as a share of the nation's economy, this is the lowest proportional tax rate for most Americans in over sixty years.

In theory, we could alter that idea slightly and talk about changes in tax rates, and eliminating loopholes, like the President proposed during the State of the Union Address. Those changes could help grow our economy and would actually mean more money in Federal coffers, even though Americans would be paying lower actual rates. However, we hit on that subject yesterday, when we covered the President's Monday address to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. As he said then, the solution to getting out of this economic hole is simple: American businesses must hire Americans and invest in America to grow the nation's economy.

We could even discuss some of the responses that we received from you, commenting on Tuesday's Daily Felltoon edition, regarding unions and corporations working together. Unfortunately, more than one response kept attempting to equate hearsay with facts - which are two entirely different things.

With many of the topics we thought about writing on today, there simply aren't enough legitimate sources for us to link to - or there are too many sources that discuss topics in a jargon inaccessible to most people.

Every once in a while, we have to remind our readers of the difference between speculation, rumor, hearsay, and opinion - and well-supported, fact-based, commentary.

We provide the latter here, in both written and visual form.

We could provide you with an absence of substantive, meaningful content, and just use our pixels to give you hearsay or crude drawings with no deeper meaning - but you can get that from plenty of other media sources, both print and electronic.

Tomorrow, we'll go back to doing what we always do: providing direct, thought provoking, fact-based, well-written and drawn content. For those who may not have enjoyed our exercise in irony today, we're sorry if we disappointed you.

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