Casually watching the news last evening, I saw a story on News 9 about Senator Clark Jolley's bill to bring the state into the 21st Century by allowing real adult beverages in convenience stores and grocery stores. Jolley had his argument down solidly and the naysayers had to resort to the fear of "the loss of jobs" as a result of a bill.
First, when an advocacy group opposes a bill that makes sense and is more progressive in nature and they start rending their clothing and dress in sack cloth and ashes, you can pretty much rest assured that they are full of crap.
Second, Anheuser-Busch responded on the same network of the story with their opposition advertisement. They, of course, found a less than flattering photograph of Sen. Jolley and proceeded to completely twist what Jolley had said on the news report just seconds previously. What does that tell you? The ad was not, by any stretch of the imagination, straightforward and it was designed to simply scare the people of Oklahoma that there could be "job losses." With Devon and other energy companies laying off people, AB knows that the people are terrified of more of the same.
They are playing to the lowest common denominator: Fear.
Sadly, much of the media is playing up to that fear. Lawton station KSWO opens their headline with:
"A provision to a bill looking to change Oklahoma's beer laws could force Anheuser-Busch out of the state."
This is a desperate act of a television station that is begging AB for some of those advertising dollars. Absolutely pathetic. It makes one want to say, "Get off your knees, KSWO, you're embarrassing us."
The story goes on to quote AB executives but fails to even mention the author of the bill or the number of the bill. This is corporate propaganda being slung out there by a bleeding media who is clamoring for every single advertising dollar they can muster. Gone are the days of legitimate, objective news reporting and these shenanigans prove that the media is not to be trusted and that it's always best to do much of your own homework.
I did my homework and the aggregate result was that my bovine fecal material detector went nuts as soon as the AB commercial appeared on the television. We're so far through the looking glass on this issue that Alice is shaking her head at us. We expect politicians to spin their news, but local media has been the last stronghold of true journalism and now, they are mouthpieces for advertisers. Talk radio is a dismal failure, the newspaper hard copy sales are deplorable, and apparently television news is now taking the lead in propaganda pushing.
It's bloody pathetic. Jolley's resolution is a good one and will no doubt get some tweaking. Watch and mark your calendars because the fear tactics of AB will once again be proven unwarranted.
Of course, it's just my opinion and I could be wrong; but I seriously doubt it.