Tuesday, November 10, 2009

CNN is having their 'Hero of the Year' vote right now, and in typical CNN/liberal style, their 'heroes' are, as far as I can tell, all people who have done nice things but not things that I would call heroic.

A hero is someone who voluntarily puts his own life at risk to save others. A hero is not merely someone who saves other people. For example, by my definition, Chesley Sullenberger, the pilot who did a heck of a job landing his stricken airplane in the middle of the Hudson River isn't a hero... because his life was already at risk, he didn't put it at risk.

And a hero definitely isn't someone who does good deeds. Yeah, I know the dictionary definition could be interpreted that way, so CNN is saved by the technicality, but I think the word ought to be saved for the very small number of people who truly do heroic acts.

Saved, for example, for someone like Fort Hood police officer Kimberly Munley, who didn't have to charge into the shooting zone, who never would have been disciplined or second guessed had she stayed outside and waited for backup, but who instead risked her life in order to save the lives of others.

And where is Munley among the nominees on the CNN site? Nowhere to be found. Disappointing, but not surprising. And unfortunately, there's no ability to cast write-in votes for Officer Munley.

And the MSM wonders what they're doing wrong, why their readership and, in the case of CNN, their viewership, well, how do I put it, that's right, s***s and keeps falling. Any business that is that out of touch with its customers and prospects is going to find itself with fewer customers... and the MSM, for all of their talk that they are somehow special, is no different.