'Tony,' even in tragedy

Friday, November 14, 2008

'Tony,' even in tragedy

Lead on an Associated Press story on the latest West Coast wildfire:

"Firefighters were racing early Friday to push back a wind-whipped wildfire that destroyed about 80 homes and a college dormitory in the tony community of Montecito, injured four people and forced thousands to flee the longtime celebrity hideaway."

This type of reportage sickens, and gives com­pelling evidence why the mainstream media is so disliked and distrusted by so many.

Here's a report by a major news-gathering or­ganization of a devastating conflagration which has already caused a enormous damage to an area the size of Westhampton Beach...

"The fire ... quickly spread to about 2,000 acres - more than 3 square miles - des­troying dozens of luxury homes and parts of a college campus...."

...and the writer still felt the necessity of intro­ducing the "celebrity hook" to get a certain readership demographic involved.

(Said demographic can be loosely des­cribed as "the have-nots" who thrill to snipets of information about the well-to-do and the well-known... i.e., those who don't just peek at the grotesque tabloids in the check-out lines, but actually buy them!)

It tells us much about how one's readership or viewers are regarded by that particular media.

When one thinks about it, it's insulting!

(Yes, this was a rant... OtBB hasn't had one of those in awhile.)


1. Paramarine said...

Tabloid stories remind me of the familiar epigram, "Great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, and small minds discuss people."

2. Jerry Steiner said...

You forgot one thing Paramarine... Fried minds discuss nonsense... that's where I'm coming from.

Why all the fuss about "TONY." It just depends what side of the tracks you come from. So what do you boyz{sic} call us folk North of the river and thru{sic} the woods???? Huh, come on spit it out ... Oh you are going to Riverhead. Put on the body armor... LOL. But then you boyz... are starting to turn into Dodge. Now don't worry folks. In East Hampton and all those swell places East of you boyz{sic}, I would imagine they call Westhampton "the slums." That make you feel better Dean... LOL.

I like hanging out with you folks.

Feel the love... ice cold beer...Jerry

Don't hold back, Jerry! Never hold back.

Next time I come over to Allied Optical to get those antique frames fixed, I'll see about getting you hooked up with a nice script for Ritalin™, sum'in' you can chase with that ice cold beer.

3. Paramarine said...

If I forgot anything, it was to ask what it says about the people that buy those papers.

Hard to say, but there's a whole bunch of them who do.

4. Jerry Steiner said...

Ritalin... They tried that on me. Didn't do a damn thing. Went thru{sic} a series of electro-shock therapy. I really enjoyed that. My wife hooks me up to the car battery once in a while for a tune up. I find that a hot load of crystal meth injected into the carotid artery does the trick... but then you boyz{sic} in the "TONY" neighborhoods don't know this stuff. But thanks for thinking about me Dean... always good to have friends.

Feel the love... ice cold beer... Jerry

5. Hampton West said...

Dean - I'm not sure what it is you are trying to say here, but... I recall in 1995 watching CNN in a motel room in Ohio while delivering Number One son to college. On CNN was coverage of the great Hamptons wild fire. I actually got to see firefighters (God bless them) hosing down my house!!! I got back to New York in time in watch a certain Channel 5 news anchor describe the housing development threatened by the fire as "not the richest neighborhood in the Hamptons" - a neighborhood where said newscaster once owned two homes, and not saying so. It bothered me - the guy (now on Dune Road) couldn't say he once lived "up there" (to your credit you have said so on this blog). I'm not sure what I'm trying to say here except it's okay to say you live or lived on the wrong side of the tracks - and this neighborhood has picked up quite a bit in the last few years.

I'm not sure you'd fully focused your thoughts on this when you posted your Comment, HW. Perhaps by morning's light you'll have some clarity.

That said, I left the range at Gabreski at 2:45 that Thursday afternoon because the gentle Pine Barrens zephyrs had amped up to the point that they were tearing my targets off the target-holders. As I left, I took note of the dark plume of smoke to the West and wondered if the fire was at the gasoline station (now Valero) on the Moriches-Riverhead Road by the Sunrise.

Driving around the Village I heard the fire siren sound several times, and when I finally walked back into my house just after 5:10 pm and flipped on the TV set, there was a live-feed showing the flames starting to surround Hampton West Estates. That's when I realized that this was the biggest conflagration on the East End since the day Martin Luther King was buried.

A hellish 40 hours later, with a letter of transit in hand... actually a note signed by Police Chief Teller... I was permitted North of the police check-point on upper Hazelwood Avenue, and drove through immediately followed by Johnny Roland and a companion in his white jeep. He said he was going up to check on "our old neighborhood."

That was a memorable time for several reasons, not the least of which being it was at that check-point I learned just how corrupt a police officer our present Deputy Mayor was.

But that's a blog for another time.

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