French: “Parler ne coute.”
German: “Reden ist billig”
English: “Talk is cheap.”
We should be especially aware of this axiom as the Republican and Democrat conventions try to convince us otherwise. It’s easy to talk the talk. In making our political decision, let’s concentrate on who’s walking the walk.
Archive for August, 2012
French: “Parler ne coute.”
During my time at WSB-Television, I’ve stood out in storms many times. I get a lot of sympathy and questions from viewers. For example, why do you do it? The answer is simple. Market research shows people are able to identify with being out there when they see someone else doing it. There’s a vicarious thrill. As an on-air person, I’ve always felt that the people behind the camera are the ones viewers should see more than us. In front of 50-plus mph winds and drenching rains, we mostly just talk. The cameraperson, lightperson and others must keep the equpment anchored and working…much more dangerous than talking.
Another life negatively affected by drinking alcohol: WSB Television reports a high-level special assistant in the Atlanta mayor’s office has resigned after an officer arrested her for driving under the influence. WSB-TV identifies the DUI driver as Stacii Jai Johnson. Her mug shot looks like she’s in her late twenties or early thirties. Ms. Johnson’s salary was 84-thousand dollars a year.
NPF correspondent Andrea SeabRbrook had been covering Congress for 14 years when she decided to quit. Ms. Seabrook cited the difficulty of covering what was going on in Congress. The veteran reporter calls it a “broken Washington”. She feels that politicians are using the media to promote their agendas. They usually obscure what’s really happening. That’s been the situation for more than her 14 years. It’s been a fact of life since our Democracy began…probably centuries before. Ms. Seabrooks solution is to leave NPR and go out on her own. She’s now in the blog world. Wonder how many NPR listeners and viewers will follow her and whether Ms.Seabrook’s departure from NPR will change any politician’s behavior. I’ll be surprised if it does.
is making commercials for President Obama. Given Clinton’s demonstrated moral character, it’s hard for me to understand why President Obama approved these messages.
From time to time, friends forward to me postings that read, “Remember 1955…remember 1960…remember 1970….” It’s usually accompanied by pictures from those bygone eras. I think of them as internet time capsules. It’ll not be too long before future generations will be reading, “Remember 2012….”. 2012 will soon be the “good old days.” Is anyone burying 2012 time capsules?
78-year-old Bob Hightower died this week at St. Simons Island on the Georgia coast. Bob was retired from a long career in law enforcement. I first met Bob when he joined the Georgia Bureau of Investigation after 7 years with the Washington D.C. police. Before Washington, the tough talking cop was a nenber of the elite Navy Seals. With Bob as a member of the GBI and I an investigative reporter for WSB-Television, he and I sometimes clashed, but we respected each other. There are many stories I could tell, but will write only one in this posting. Bob had left the GBI to become police chief in Cobb county, Georgia. He had brought two or three of his fellow GBI agents with him. One of them he named as his secod -in-command. Tips led me to investigate his #2. We found evidence that the #2 was a bad apple. I went to Bob to tell him and get his reaction. To say that Bob didn’t believe what I told him would be a gross under statement. He thundered at me when he told me there was no way this could be true. After the police chief cooled down, I showed him the evidence. Bob launched his own investigation to learn that his friend had indeed betrayed him and his oath of office. His second-in-command eventually went to prison. I can guess at how much this hurt Bob, but he did his duty. He always did.
This week’s local primary runoff results remind me of a politician that I first met in the 1960s. In yesterday’s runoff, a local candidate won his party’s nomination for sheriff despite facing a 36 count criminal indictment. The local Georgia politician calls up memories of the late New York Congressman Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Powell often seemed to be in legal trouble, but time after time, his constituents from the Harlem district returned him to Washington. Powell once told me that others might regard him as an SOB, but the voters thought he was their SOB. Criminal charges and convictions or not, he represented them.
The self-deprecating comedienne died this week at the age of 95. There have been many tributes. The one that touched me was on NPR radio. It ended with a recording of Diller raspily singing one of my favorites, “Smile”. “…Light up your face with gladness. Hide every trace of sadness. Although a tear may be ever so near. That’s the time you must keep on trying. Smile, what’s the use of crying? You’ll find that life is still worthwhile if you’ll just smile.”