For most of my life I have encouraged curiosity. I have always felt that there is nothing wrong with asking questions about things that you don’t know. I had a long career in technology and I have had to teach many people many things. I have also had to learn many things. I was fortunate enough to work with people who were gracious with their knowledge and they shared it with me. I did and still do the same. I take the time to explain, what is to me the most boring and obvious technological information, with anyone who needs my help (well almost anyone). I understand that it is OK not to know everything and the only way to learn is to admit to yourself that you don’t know something…and then find out the answers. Asking questions is one way of learning and I understand that there is nothing wrong with doing so. So I adhere to the notion that there are no stupid questions, (just stupid people!)
On the other hand…when a so called journalist, or reporter, or TV news reader, blathers on and forces him or herself to come up with questions while they are conducting an on air interview, just for the sake of filling time, my opinion about stupid questions is rendered invalid. When I watch the bozos on TV fill time by forcing themselves to ask questions for the sake of pretending to be journalists I repeatedly find myself uttering, out loud, the phrase â€œwhat the f*#K does that have to do with anything?â€ Some, or I should say most of the questions asked by these on-air talking heads do nothing more than expose the limited intellectual capacities of today’s TV news zombies.
I know most of the on-screen teleprompter readers are vain to some extent. Nobody would want to put their face on TV everyday unless they had some sort of self appreciation. But you would think that a little pride would prevent these vain individuals from wanting to look stupid. One would think that, but one would be wrong. But then again, most Americans have been conditioned to the point of not being able to spot the obvious, even if the obvious comes in the form of a blithering idiot pretending to be a journalist!
The on-air TV clowns are to journalism what the first round rejects are to the American Idol competition. Unfortunately it would take an American Idol/Journalism Edition before the masses of oblivious Americans noticed this! Think about it!