Saturday, January 26, 2013

After the March: “Give Us Dirty Laundry”

IMAGE: CNS Photo by Jonathan Ernst of Reuters. Used here without permission or shame.

The March for Life is arguably the largest annual public demonstration in the Nation's capital, and one of the most peaceful, with this year's attendance (honestly) estimated at over half a million. It supposedly got very little mention in the mainstream media. Actually, it got a fair amount, most of which was tilted rather disingenuously in favor of those who held the opposite viewpoint. The number of pro-choice demonstrators countering this event never reaches into the thousands, but they manage to get equal or near-equal time. And every year, pro-life pundits ask each other why.

This is one of those questions that most of them ask for its own sake. And to be honest, the question posed in the photograph above would only be fair if the same news outlet were responsible for handling both stories in the manner described. But what most of the aforementioned pundits do not know, or at least do not acknowledge openly, is that there are not one, but two answers.

The first answer is the one they already know, that most "journalists" in the mainstream media outlets are biased towards the legalization of abortion, even admitting openly as to what it is. But the other reason is also embedded in the Western culture, and more of us contribute to its flourishing than we care to admit.

“Dirty Laundry” is a song by Don Henley, formerly of the Eagles, from his 1982 debut solo album I Can't Stand Still. It reached number one on the Billboard Top Tracks chart in October of that year, and was certified platinum before the end of the following year by the Recording Industry Association of America, having sold over one million copies.

The lyrics are a commentary on the shallowness of contemporary television news, and "was inspired by the intrusive press coverage surrounding the deaths of John Belushi and Natalie Wood, and Henley's own arrest in 1981." To this day, it remains a regular on the setlist for Eagles' reunion tours.

We can do "The Innuendo"
We can dance and sing
When it's said and done we haven't told you a thing
We all know that Crap is King
Give us dirty laundry!

Henley performs this number in the above video, from a live performance in November of 1995, featuring the most bodacious guitar solos of Joe Walsh (round one) and (if only on the recording) Toto's Steve Lukather (round two).

All together now: “Kick ’em when they’re up, Kick ’em when they’re down, Kick ’em when they’re stiff, Kick ’em all around.”

FOOTNOTE: To be fair, the Washington Post has a photo gallery with their web edition, which for the most part portrays a sympathetic view of the March. Sadly, this was not the case in the print edition. Our awareness as to which one is more accessible notwithstanding, it does show that the event in question, and the cause it champions, is becoming harder to ignore, don't you think?

Or don't you?

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