Mentally-Challenged Journalists


September 12, 2003, 01:15 PM
A recent headline from MacPaper: Those Poor, Brave Souls...

smaller text America remembers the victims of 9/11 (or some such)

[9/11 victim]Looking down from the hereafter: "So, there I was, starting on my second cup of coffee when all of a sudden there was a tremendous explosion and I ceased to exist. It's great to be a hero!" [/9/11 victim]:rolleyes:

Our educational system is a world class disgrace judging by the faulty thought processes like these yokels exhibit every time I bother to pay attention. :banghead:

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September 12, 2003, 01:48 PM
So all the firefighters and police officers who ran towards the WTC and the Pentagon aren't brave?

I don't know how you managed to lift a brush that broad, but you did.

September 12, 2003, 02:21 PM
I see no mention of firefighters or others who ran to the explosion. The excerpt from the childs writing seems to depict an officeworker having a cup of coffee when he gets blown up. I hope the quote was sarcastic, but people do talk about everyone as if they were heros.

In modern parlance victim = hero.

September 12, 2003, 02:32 PM
Yes, it was sarcasm. The papers act like if you get killed in some kind of disaster you qualify to be called a hero. Not in my dictionary!

Art Eatman
September 12, 2003, 02:35 PM
Lotsa heroism, that day, and not just from "official people". But, like Mikul inferred, just the being-there wasn't heroic.


September 12, 2003, 06:17 PM
Its not that I don't have great sympathy and compassion for all who died that day (and their families & loved ones), but "Hero" is badly overused in the September 11 context. Consider the following:

Love him or loath him, but Rush Limbaugh nailed this one right on the head.............

"I think the vast differences in compensation between victims of the September 11 casualty and those who die serving the country in Uniform are profound. No one is really talking about it either, because you just don't criticize anything having to do with September 11. Well, I just can't let the numbers pass by because it says something really disturbing about the entitlement mentality of this country. If you lost a family member in the September 11 attack, you're going to get an average of $1,185,000. The range is a minimum guarantee of $250,000, all the way up to $4.7 million.

"If you are a surviving family member of an American soldier killed in action, the first check you get is a $6,000 direct death benefit, half of which is taxable. Next, you get $1,750 for burial costs. If you are the surviving spouse, you get $833 a month until you remarry. And there's a payment of $211 per month for each child under 18. When the child hits 18, those payments come to a screeching halt.

"Keep in mind that some of the people who are getting an average of $1.185 million up to $4.7 million are complaining that it's not enough. Their deaths were tragic, but for most, they were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. Soldiers put themselves in harms way FOR ALL OF US, and they and their families know the dangers.

"We also learned over the weekend that some of the victims from the Oklahoma City bombing have started an organization asking for the same deal that the September 11 families are getting. In addition to that, some of the families of those bombed in the embassies are now asking for compensation as well. . . ."

The article goes on to yammer about Congress critters entitlements and other Social Security reforms, but I bet you get the drift. Who are the real heros?

Peace, on a cynical Friday. M2

September 13, 2003, 09:04 AM
I'm not a big Rush fan but I've been saying the same thing for the last 2 years. He did forget about the $200k SGLI, though.

September 13, 2003, 09:21 AM
Rush nailed it on the head.

September 13, 2003, 11:50 AM

September 13, 2003, 02:08 PM
I'm not a big Rush fan but I've been saying the same thing for the last 2 years.

Ditto here. When I first heard about this 2yrs ago I was really po'd, and I still am. Its tragic, yes, but a little overboard.

Mark Tyson
September 13, 2003, 10:49 PM
Victim is the most celebrated status in our society, unfortunately. Victims deserve some sympathy and some help, but elevating them to the status of unapproachable idol is wrong.

September 14, 2003, 10:15 AM
It,s a HELLUVA LOT overboard.

September 14, 2003, 11:06 AM
yeah, mostly they were victims, but there were definitely heros there.

Here's one: (http://)

September 14, 2003, 11:37 AM
pignock, Your link isn't working. But if you click here ( you can read the article. It is a very good article. Watch the film that is linked to the article, because it is pretty good as well.

September 14, 2003, 11:47 AM
I thought the money for the families of the victims from September 11th was coming from what was donated shortly after the attacks by the American public?

September 14, 2003, 12:12 PM
BigG -- I'm lost. What is "MacPaper"? When was this published? Why? Who wrote it? Why? Was it written by a professional journalist? Is it part of an op-ed? How is this an example of "mentally challenged journalists"??

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