Finley Peter Dunne (1867-1936), a humorist, coined the phrase "comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable." He was talking about newspapers, and my uncle, who was a journalism professor, often repeated that quotation.
Dunne put it in the mouth of his character Mr. Dooley. Here's the full quote: "The newspaper does everything for us. It runs the police force and the banks, commands the militia, controls the legislature, baptizes the young, marries the foolish, comforts the afflicted and afflicts the comfortable, buries the dead, and roasts them afterward."
What brought this to mind is the celebration being conducted by both the News and Observer of Raleigh and Bob Geary of the IndyWeek after the vote on the lease of Dix Hill for a park. Add to that, none of the NC media reported on the Disability Treaty that was voted down yesterday until after the Republican senators succeeded in voting it down.
Unless there is a partisan aspect to a disability issue, I find little interest shown by the reporters around NC. Apparently comforting the afflicted does not work in today's journalism. And if the media don't rein in the excesses of "powers that be," who will?
I long anticipated that the persons with psychiatric disabilities a would get nothing out of a sale or lease of the Dix Property. And that is just what happened. So, no, I am not doing a touchdown dance in the end zone like the N&O leadership and Bob Geary.