UPDATE - THE K3 DAILY JOURNAL DID PRINT THIS POST ON 6/12 IN THE "VOICE OF THE PEOPLE" SECTION OF THEIR PAPER.
Last Wednesday, the Kankakee Daily Journal printed an opinion piece from Francis Wilkinson (pictured) with the Bloomberg View that so irritated me I penned my response that very evening. I sat on it overnight before sending in order to avoid sounding irrational, but by the next day, my mind had not been changed. I sent the rebuttal, which, as of the time of this blog entry, has not been published in the Journal. I'm not sure why they have chosen at this point not to print it, so I have released it to this blog. Seems odd they did not print it since they daily mention that they "love to get hear from their readers."
The Bloomberg View is a creation of Michael Bloomberg, ex-mayor of New York City. Mr. Bloomberg, the 10th wealthiest person in the world, has been a member of the Democratic party, changed over to the Republican party to become a two term mayor, then changed over to an Independent for a third term in order to avoid term limit laws. He endorsed Hillary Clinton for president, which might explain the allowance of the commentary published by Wilkinson.
Below my commentary, I have included a link to the ridiculous original column in case you want to read what prompted my response. I should warn you, it will upset most. In my mind, to allow such dribble to appear before the public, unchallenged, amount to nothing more than "a death of a thousand cuts."
REBUTTAL TO FRANCIS WILKINSON:
It is hard to believe the (Kankakee) Journal, in the June 7th edition, would reprint, in the Opinion Section, the diatribe written by Francis Wilkinson from the Bloomberg View. In a juvenile rant entitled "A pop star accomplishes what the president can't do," the former writer for that notable think-tank-tabloid, Rolling Stone, Mr. Wilkinson gushes with near teen-aged desire for pop-singer Ariana Grande. Upon reading the piece, one wondered which was greater, his lust for the young diva or his hysterical hatred for President Trump. A Google check of his past bird-cage-fodder reveals it unquestionably to be an obsession with his loathing for Trump.
In case you missed reading his opinion, consider yourself fortunate. I did as I consider this type of propaganda as “death by a thousand cuts.” Wilkinson spent ten paragraphs waxing poetically how much more compassionate and presidential the young lady is than our president because evidently...she cares more. According to Wilkinson, Ms. Grande, whose first concert in Manchester England has the misfortune to be remembered for yet another terrorist bombing that killed 22 people and maimed 60 more, "returned to the city to hallow ground and soothe the survivors." This was all going on, again according to Wilkinson, while President Trump, "gutter-tweeted argle-bargle and played another round of golf." Later in the same paragraph, he warbled on about her concert, "Watching the concert streaming online, it was obviously more than a good time. Tears flowed. So did joy." For crying out loud, is this a 23-year-old pop diva worth $35 million dollars or the reincarnation of Mother Teresa?
Most every paragraph contained a snide remark about our president. Terms such as "dull-witted sexism;" "white-male-only photo ops;" "culturally barren;" and "politically toxic" were used to describe the current occupant of the White House. It is as if the multi-billionaire tycoon, who defeated 17 other Republicans and an all-but pre-ordained Queen to ascend to the top spot on the world stage, is a moron. Since when did a US President deserve the type of rancor and “guttersnipe” thrown Mr. Trumps way by fellow American citizens? This is the man who, since taking office, has repeatedly tried to curtail the immigration of Muslim Extremist terrorism, and illegal immigration, only to be thwarted smugly by President Obama’s non-elected judicial appointees. Perhaps had England and France done a better of job of vetting their immigrants and standing up to rampant political correctness, as is President Trump trying to do, the waves of terrorism they are suffering might have not become as commonplace.
And, in case you missed it, the real keystone to this editorial slobber was the line, "But horrific assaults similar to those in Manchester...inspire a longing for connection, and a need for affirmation of liberal values, that Trump can't even understand how to meet." Mr. Wilkinson, last November, sixty-three plus million American citizens decided they didn't want any more affirmation of liberal values by elitist politicians or their left-leaning media arm.
I don't know what the Journal paid Bloomberg or Wilkinson for that piece of yellow-journalism, but whatever it was, Mr. Small should get his money back.
Alan N. Webber