A young man is riding on his motorbike by the zoo in New York when he sees a little girl leaning into the lion’s cage. Suddenly, the lion grabs her by the collar of her jacket and tries to pull her inside to slaughter her, under the eyes of her screaming parents. The youth jumps off his bike, runs to the cage and hits the lion square on the nose with a powerful punch.
Whimpering from the pain the lion jumps back letting go of the girl, and the youth brings her to her terrified parents, who thank him endlessly. A reporter has watched the whole event.
The reporter addressing the young man says, “Sir, this was the most gallant and brave thing I’ve seen a man do in my whole life.”
The young man replies, “Why, it was nothing, really, the lion was behind bars. I just saw this little kid in danger and acted as I felt right.”
The reporter says, “Well, I’ll make sure this won’t go unnoticed. I’m a journalist, you know, and tomorrow’s paper will have this story on the front page… So, what do you do for a living and what political affiliation do you have?”
The youth replies, I’m a U.S. Marine and a Republican.
The journalist leaves.
The following morning the biker buys the paper to see if it indeed brings news of his actions, and reads, on the front page: “US MARINE ASSAULTS AFRICAN IMMIGRANT AND STEALS HIS LUNCH”
….and THAT pretty much sums up the media’s approach to the news these days…