Wednesday, July 31, 2019
What the hell is the matter with KZRG?
For some that led to irresponsible musings that Robert Mueller had lost several steps since the day he left his position as FBI director and some went even further saying he showed clear signs of dementia.
Others used Mueller's testimony as "proof" he had nothing to do with the writing of his report and that it was all done by those "angry Democrats" the president has been whining about for months.
In the first place, the only legitimate criticism of Mueller's testimony is that he apparently did not spend enough time familiarizing himself with every page on the second half of his report.
Of course, he did not write a 448-page report. He directed an investigation that included people whose job it was to compile the information and put it into the report.
There was also a reason why the obstruction part of the report was the second part.
Those who were on the attack and claiming Mueller showed signs of dementia conveniently neglected to mention that Mueller showed during the afternoon session he clearly knew his stuff when it came to the first half of the report- the part it was obvious he considered to be the most important part.
Let's not forget what the subject of that first half was- a sweeping effort by Russia to interfere in the 2016 presidential election.
He was not addle-brained and let's not forget- no Republican questioned any of the facts that were in the report ... and none of them except for Will Hurd from Texas, a former CIA agent, appeared to be concerned about the more than 100 documented instances of people in the Trump campaign or connected to the Trump campaign meeting with people in or connected to the Russian government or Mueller's warning that the Russians were hard at work with efforts to influence the 2020 election.
The expected attacks were swift from Trump supporters.
A favored weapon was memes- the go-to attack device for those who are not clever or original enough to put their own thoughts into words.
I banned those on my Facebook page and the Inside Joplin Facebook page, though every once in a while someone still posts one that I have to delete because the person was not aware of my rule.
As I have written before, memes cheapen the public discourse, which definitely does not need any more cheapening in this day and age.
If the only way you can speak is through memes, you are better off keeping your mouth shut.
And that brings me to KZRG.
Anyone who has had the courage to sift through the comments on KZRG's Facebook page knows that memes are spread throughout them with the same consistency with which one would spread fertilizer on a yard- with the same result and with the same odor.
It appears that whoever is handling the KZRG Facebook page has decided to play to his or her baser instincts and join in on the "fun."
It angered me when I saw the one KZRG posted on the Mueller hearings.
The meme showed Mueller shuffling through the pages of his report while looking for something that one of the Congress members asked.
It read, "When your mom writes your book report and you are asked questions about it in class."
I am not above a cheap joke and may have even sprinkled one or two in this post, but who is this KZRG Facebook poster to take such a cheap shot at Robert Mueller?
-Robert Mueller volunteered to serve this country in Vietnam and was wounded in action, choosing to serve despite the fact that he came from a well-to-do family and would have had no problem finding a way to avoid service as other people with money often did.
-Robert Mueller was director of the FBI for 12 years and guided the agency in the dark days fellowing September 11, 2001.
-Robert Mueller returned to the public service at a time when his country needed him to conduct an investigation into what was clearly a Russian attack on our democracy.
Perhaps the person who apparently had no trouble at all posting the meme is someone who served his or her country in the military. That would surprise me since I have a hard time believing someone who served this country would make fun of someone who was doing what he thought was his civic and patriotic responsibility.
I am not saying Robert Mueller is above criticism. He is not.
What I am saying, however, is that he deserves far better than having a juvenile joke posted about him by whoever is doing the Facebook posts at KZRG.
KZRG's Facebook page has always been a repository for comments of those who regularly follow their programming, which includes daily doses of talk show hosts like Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Mark Levin and feel it is a sign of intellectual prowess to parrot their talking points.
Lately, KZRG has also been parroting those talking points in its Facebook posts and not waiting for the readers to post them on their own.
It is sad.
It is even sadder when someone whose name is never affixed to these comments belittles an American hero.
What the hell is the matter with KZRG?