Friday, April 25, 2008

Shark attack??

Please don't think that I don't have sympathy for people who have been injured or anyone who has actually, God forbid, lost a loved one due to a shark bite as that is not the case at all but what I don't understand are the media headlines like this is a HUGE surprise. For those of you who live under a rock and therefore are not aware...sharks live in the ocean. The ocean is their home and while it is a very large home sharks do swim close to shore where they encounter people everyday. Most of the time sharks will give people a wide berth and we won't have any idea a shark is within reach but sometimes sharks bite. Is that an attack? Some people obviously feel that way but I don't think that's an attack. If an intruder entered my home I would not hesitate to smack him upside the head with a Louisville Slugger and call it self defense. I feel the same way about bears. How many times have we seen the headline MAN ATTACKED BY BEAR IN THE WOODS. Well duh, bears live in the woods BUT if the headline read MAN ATTACKED BY BEAR IN THE PIGGLY WIGGLY...that would be a surprise, newsworthy and deserving of a headline. I'm tired of the media treating us like we are complete idiots and instead of informing us of the facts they are manufacturing news. Guess I will step down from my soap box now but it irritates me when the media tries to blow smoke up my bloomers.