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Carol Perkins: Going on strict Tv news watching limit

Watches only morning local news and news at five; she still trusts WBKO to be unbiased. She's had enough of hate. She says, We can do better, but it will take the silent majority to say, Enough is enough.. No more violence, destruction, or bullying.
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By Carol Perkins

If you're hoping for an uplifting piece this week, you'll have to forgive me. I'm disturbed and I think all of you are, too.

Other than WBKO, I have put a limit on my news watching. Like limiting kids with their electronics, I have done the same to myself. I am allowed to watch the morning local news and the news at five. I sometimes listen to David Muir, but have to remember what I hear may not be true. I trust WBKO to be unbiased.


My decision came after months of watching cable news. Not sitting and watching, but the background noise of the house was Fox or CNN. If a person hears enough sensationalism and propaganda, he or she will be drawn in like a gnat to vinegar. I recognized all power words motivational speakers use to sway and to recruit or sell, but I continued to be fed a diet of highly unhealthy levels of garbage knowing it should go in the trash.

The tallest serving of garbage came from an episode on 20/20 last Friday night where the focus was the hate crimes in Charlottesville. In HD and on my big screen TV was a Pikeville, Kentucky group of men proudly conducting an interview for the prime time camera, pumped up like banty roosters. They were self-proclaimed Neo-Nazis and greeted each other with the Hitler salute. What was I seeing? Right here in my home state? "Guy, you aren't going to believe this," I said. He took one look, "They have to be from Kentucky." Often we are shown in the worst light.

Somewhere in those hills in the mountains of Pikeville were children of these men who would either grow up to be like them or fall shame to their antics. There were wives who had fed them meals and sent them to the meeting where cameras would make them "heroes" to those like minds. (Why do outlets give them air time?) One man held a cap over his face because, as he said, "I'm a pastor." I cringed. Think about his congregation listening to him every Sunday. The leader wore his celebrity as he displayed his "shield" and his gas mask and his weapon. (I was reminded of when my grandsons played Star Wars.) All carried guns. Claiming not to be looking for trouble, they sure were putting out the scent for it. If they wanted to fight, why didn't they join the military and fight ISIS?

I am not naive enough to think we don't have some hate groups like those in Pikeville living among us. I once knew a man who was a KKK member. White hood and all. His meetings were not more than fifty miles from here, but he gave up his membership when he became a Christian. I always wanted to ask why he joined in the first place, but I knew the answer.

We can do better, but it will take the silent majority to say, "Enough is enough." No more violence, destruction, or bullying. The hate crimes hatching on a hillside in Pikeville is just one example of radical groups festering around us. I shudder to think about what I DON'T know. How did we get so far "wrong?" If I were a therapist, I would diagnosis those with such anger, including elements of the media, as suffering from Oppositional Defiant Disorder. They had rather be against anything than for something.

Contact information: carolperkins06@gmail.com

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