The New Face of Cable News:
Just One Big Story at a Time

By Jim Berlin
The cable news networks – Fox, CNN, MSNBC – are like a coyote in a petting zoo as it falls upon a squealing pig. Until the porker is reduced to a scatter of bacon crumbs, it is the center of the coyote’s universe. Nothing else exists.

The sheep is next on the menu, and until it is reduced to wisps of wool blowing in the wind, it is the center of the predator’s world. It never thinks of the pig again.

For the networks just two weeks ago the squealing pig was North Korea’s Kim Jong-un. Would he launch a missile, invade South Korea, burn his collection of 20,000 Hollywood movies, start World War III?

Kim did nothing. Perhaps because Red China simply told him to sit down and shut up, but we may never know for sure because…

…The coyote moved on to the sheep.

For the last two days it has been the arrest of three more suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing. The noses of the news hounds are totally engaged in sniffing out every aspect of the expanded investigation.

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It’s as if Kim and his threats to peace never existed.

It’s as if nothing else is occurring on the planet worthy of a hard look and good reporting.

Jody Arias, North Korea, the Boston bombing…exclusively and feverishly hawking whatever product has the most sizzle on a given day – to the eventual boredom of the audience and the detriment of covering our big wide world – is the new face of 21st century TV journalism.

The coyote has lost its way.

North Korean Army, U.S. Army:
How Our Dogs Are Different

By Jim Berlin

A just-released North Korean propaganda film shows Communist soldiers running their German shepherds through an obstacle course, concluding with the dogs energetically chewing up the face of a mannequin. The mannequin has the face of the South Korean defense minister.

You can’t blame the dogs. While they are an intelligent breed they aren’t smart enough to know that the hands that feed and beat them are attached to mindless robots taught from birth to hate the world.

Now, if you go just a few miles down the map into South Korea you will find more German shepherds – genetic and biological twins to their North Korean counterparts. These shepherds belong to K-9 handlers in the American military, and the hands that feed — but never beat — are attached to kindly men and women who defend freedom wherever it’s threatened. With equal vigor, the dogs in the North serve evil, the dogs in the South serve freedom. When it comes to German shepherds it’s all in the training.

Unfortunately, humans can also be trained to blindly serve their masters. Like the German shepherds there is no genetic or biological difference between the people of North Korea and the people of South Korea. Yet, there is all the difference in the world.

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In the South the people live prosperous and free and produce cars and electronics that are the match of any on the planet. In the North, under dictator Kim Jong-un, the people produce nothing but more soldiers for the army. Unless they serve in the armed forces they are either slowly starving or slowly dying in slave labor camps.

And yet most of them still adore The Glorious Leader and The Glorious Leader’s father and The Glorious Leader’s grandfather. It’s what they have been trained to do.

When it comes to a dog’s life, it often just depends on which side of the fence you live.