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Thursday, October 19, 2006

I'M I'm going to rant. Okay, regarding child molestation and our senators? Our senators have NOTHING on the news media. Hello, do I need it spelled out on the news that the accused Senator swam naked with a priest, but did not have sex? Is that NEWS? And how is that NOT more child abuse, when my kids ask me in the car, "What was that about?" It's the lead story, it's not like I had any warning it was coming!!

What is with the world that we need these kind of details! It makes me long for the days of, "But I didn't inhale!" THAT I can explain to a child. THIS? And quite frankly, I live in one of the most liberal parts of the country, now, they're going to act shocked? Sheesh, aren't they campaigning for this kind of thing the rest of the year?

And lest you think I'm bi-partisan, I could have done without the details of Monica Lewinski's blue Gap dress as well. Ick. I listen to the news, I need a shower!
Kristin Billerbeck  
posted at 3:42 PM  
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At 4:04 PM, Blogger ~ Brandilyn Collins said...

I have a comment that makes me cringe-laugh, if you know what I mean. But no way am I postin' it here.

Ah, the media. They do keep us ... entertained.

At 4:27 PM, Blogger Jaime said...

Yep - I totally get you on this one. But then, the majority of TV (at least on our local networks) are age 18 or over for content :) -unless you count the Little House on the Prairie reruns.

And seriously, Monica buying her dress at the Gap was a travesty. She's an Intern for pete's sake, she could've afforded Vera Wang, right?

At 12:43 AM, Blogger Kristy Dykes said...

Amen and amen. I hated it that the media told the contents of the Amish shooter's suicide letter. Where is decency in journalism any more? It's all about ratings.

At 3:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

In the past year or so I've started turning the volume down on the radio when the news comes on. I decide I wanted to protect my kids from as much of the "real world" as possible. Someday, as adults, they will be inundated with the horrors of the world at the top of every hour. Why put that on our kids now? Let them stay as innocent as possible while they still can. It's a sad time when the media flaunts every detail of the most sensational stories (or even those stories we don't care much to hear about).

I couldn't believe my ears a few days ago, standing in line at the store, when I heard a mom pointing out the front page of a magazine to her little daughter. It was the story of the shooting at the Amish school. She proceded to tell her little girl all the gory details and punctuated the telling with "None of us are safe anywhere." That may be true to a point, but what's the use of frightening a kid with that stuff? Aren't we here to protect our children, to help them to feel safe and secure with us? As parents, I believe we are to teach them what to do in bad situations, but we can do it without scaring them to death.

Sorry...can you tell children and the media are a touchy subject with me?

At 8:19 AM, Blogger Katy said...

Here's a companion rant, Kristin: My sister has a three-year-old granddaughter, born out of wedlock to my nephew and his then-girlfriend. The girlfriend moved on to the next guy and now has a baby with him, too. When little Ashley comes to see my sister, the stories she tells about her "family" are top of the hour. "And then he held a gun on us and hit my mommy and I yelled at him but he wouldn't stop. My mommy called the cops and they took him to jail. But then he got out and he gave his gun away and now he loves my mommy. He said so..." And that's just last week's news. There's a new headline every day.

Katy McKenna

At 8:40 AM, Blogger Tina said...

That is sad. Sort of reminds me of some background on a character in Brandilyn's book, Violet Dawn. But in real life it's really sad to know kids go through that. Saying a prayer for the little girl.

I'm with you. Tired of the news and that the media thinks we need to hear about ALL of the smut that goes on out there, especially right in the middle of the day when kids are watching or listening.

At 9:40 AM, Blogger Cara Putman said...

It's one of the primary reasons I get most of my news on-line anymore. I can control what my kids see and hear rather than being surprised by something I don't want to explain. Kids are so precocious and they understand so much more than we give them credit for. Somehow, I want to maintain innocence and purity in my kids.

At 12:44 PM, Blogger Julie Carobini said...

And you know, if we wrote some of these scenarios, our books would get tossed with a shout, "THAT could never happen!"

Yeah, right. Just read the paper.

At 1:53 PM, Blogger allen said...

That's truely sad, Katy. Our next door nieghbors are the same way...we've called the cops on him three times for domestic violence, but his wife keeps ttaking him back and making excuses for him. The two younger boys who live there have it so rough, they beg to come over and spend the night at our place "cause dad only buys us toys to make us like him and we can't wait for him to be back in jail" and "our older brothers sell catnip from the basement" nip...yeah...

At 2:08 PM, Blogger Kristin Billerbeck said...

Reese, that is SOO sad! Isn't it great to be able to say to our kids, those girls went to be with Jesus, and provide some safety for our kids?

That woman must have been sick to be telling her kids that, probably taking pride in the fact that she was such an honest mother.

Katy, I am so sorry about your extended family. It just breaks my heart with what kids deal with today. For five minutes today, I'm going to feel like a good mom. Then, I'll go back to the guilt and getting my news online!

At 2:38 PM, Blogger Jenny said...

I work in the public schools and believe me, this is only the tip of hte iceberg. And as much as I'd like to be able to pray aloud and teach the kids to pray, that opens up a new can of worms since I work with a teacher who is into wica--would I want her teaching kids to pray? So, I pray silently each morning. I pray silently over each child. I live my faith and they ask me questions. If they ask, I may answer as long as I don't try to teach with my words. The stories they tell--the stories they live! I heard a mom tell her daughter "I hate you" in the hallway. It crushed me but it had to have crushed her daughter more. I've had kids tell me about the cops dragging daddy off to jail while mommy cries in the bedroom that she doesn't want to live. I've had kids try to imitate mom's suicide attempts.
Pray for our kids--all our kids. They are one generation away from being our leaders.
It seems too Pollianna to sign off my normal way so I'll just close.


At 5:40 PM, Blogger Robin Caroll said...

See? This is SO the reason I don't watch the news and why I listen to CDs in my truck. I get my news online, where my children aren't allowed. That way, I can determine what to tell them.

At 6:23 PM, Blogger ~ Brandilyn Collins said...

Hey, Blogger's back. I couldn't get on blogs, couldn't get comments to come up. Sure as heck couldn't post my own blog for today--until now. Finally somebody ungummed the system.

As for the news--it won't get better. News changed dramatically with the venue of the twenty-four-hour news channel. To be fair, changes were for better as well as worse. On the worse side--ya got aaallll those minutes waiting to be filled, and some of the stuff they use to fill it ain't so hot. On the plus side, all those minutes to be filled can give us more indepth views at some situations--which can lead to more truth than the heavily edited sound bites. But as the world grows more salacious, that culture is reflected all over the media--not just the news. Witness commercials. Who'd have thought 20 years ago Viagra would actually be advertised on TV--for the whole family to see?

At 12:28 AM, Blogger Kristin Billerbeck said...

I cannot see a viagra commercial without cracking up at the "four hour" issue that might come up. I heard a comedian say, "Call your doctor? I'd call my friends and brag!"

Okay, speaking of dirty media. Shame on me.

At 12:46 AM, Anonymous BETHANIE said...

i tend not to watch the news, just listen to the headlines in the car on the christian radio station. and i refuse to watch commercial tv stations news, it's all sensationalism. nothing real. if i do watch tv news, i like to watch our non-commercial (owned by the govt) news as it's more REAL news, and less, "ooh look what that person wore!" etc etc.

on another note, i love the family photo kristin! it's a good one!

At 1:43 AM, Blogger Pam S. said...

I'm with you, Kristin (Robin, Tina, Cara, I don't want to know all the gory details--and I don't want my daughter or my students to hear the stuff, either.

For me, living outside of the USA, stories like the immoral senator and the various school shootings are a very sad commentary on American life. It was heart-breaking and even embarrassing, for example, to see the Platte Canyon H.S. murder (from MY state) splashed across the front page of our local Turkish newspaper.

I was on a ferryboat with a group of my h.s. students earlier this month. (My students hail from 10+ different countries.) One of the other (Turkish) passengers asked who we were and where we were from. When I explained, he acted amazed and said, "How can this be? How can YOU,an American, be getting along with all of these children? We see in the news that you Americans drop BOMBS on the innocent and SHOOT children."

At 11:47 AM, Blogger Jenny said...

Just heard on the news today that part of the war against us is specifically targeting media spots to make us either look bad or weak--hey, I cleaned this up a lot! We tend to think of Americans as loving champions for the betterment of worldkind but those outside our boarders don't necessarily see us the same way. I spoke with a girl from Israel on a plane one day. Though her parents had grown up in the US, she had never been and was shocked at the generosity and friendliness of the people she met--not just surprised, shocked! Even with parents from the US, she did not expect us to be so nice.

Oh, and Kristin, that really is a great picture!

Abundant blessings,
Jenny Cary

At 12:24 PM, Blogger Andrea said...

Jenny - your post just broke my heart and strikes a note of fear in my heart as I get ready to start a new job as a Behavioral Health Professional in a public elementary school. I will be dealing with the Kindergarteners through 3rd graders who have any kind of behavioral/emotional problems. I am very afraid of what I will face because of my soft heart. I NEVER watch the news, I don't watch America's Most Wanted, COPS, etc. I can't take it. I get my news on the internet. I was already aware that my prayer life needed to increase as my life is about to change, but Jenny - you gave me a clear and present warning. I know God will be with me as I walk onto the battlefield.....

At 9:27 AM, Blogger alisa said...

Your family is so cute Kristin. Ive only seen them in bits and peices, not all together. Your boys look just like you!

At 8:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love the picture of your family. I don't watch or listen to news much anymore. I can't stand what they do for ratings and don't want my kids exposed to something totally nasty and above their need to know level.

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Kristin Billerbeck is a proud Californian, wife, mother of four, and connoisseur of the irrelevant. She writes Christian Chick Lit; where she finds need for most of the useless facts lulling about in her head.

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