So, I'm driving into work this morning -- I normally take the bus, but there's been a lot of rain lately and my Park-and-Ride floods with about a quarter-inch of rain -- and I switch from the local World Wide Leader sports talk station to the Houston news station, KTRH, so that I can get my traffic and weather together.
Now, KTRH bills itself as the "news you need, the talk you want," as long as the news in mere soundbites and the talk you want is Rush, a failed stand-up comic, some carpetbagger, and bad conspiracy theories.
So, I just miss my traffic and weather together, but I get the first news story. It's a story on Governor Goodhair and his cervical cancer inoculation order. The story breaks down into three parts: the first part centers on a yet to be released order from the State Attorney General that supposedly says that the Governor can't order such vaccination shots, but that there's nothing stopping state medical authorities from ordering such shots.
Then there's the soundbite from some nutjob social conservative foundation speaking on how such shots promote promiscuity -- sluts-in-training -- then comes the dueling soundbites from State Reps regarding a bill to rescind Goodhair's order. One Rep wants it rescinded, the other wants it to stay in place. Sprinkled throughout is the meme of parental choice, and of how evil the order is that it takes away a parent's choice on whether a child should get the vaccination.
But here's the kicker. Nowhere in this news story is a very basic fact reported: there's a parental opt-out. Yep, that's right, if the parent doesn't want his/her daughter to get the shot, then the child doesn't get the shot.
You know how I feel about the subject of these shots. But my complaint here is more basic. What's so hard about a so-called news station reporting the facts? And this would seem to be an important fact to be reported because it cuts the legs out from under the no-parental choice meme.
But what do I know? I just write a stupid blog. I'm ain't no fancy radio reporter.