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News is Entertainment… Editorial by Alex Chow

How important is news? News keeps us informed of the changing of events, issues and characters that provide citizens information to make the best possible decision about their lives, their communities, their societies, and their governments. Even though news is factual and boring, people still keep abreast of news as they take it as a responsibility. When people have the right to vote and obligation to pay taxes, they will feel this responsibility. Who could be appropriate representative of them, how taxes are spent and so on, news helps them to figure out these questions. The government is the keeper of the powers while journalism is the guardian of the powers that prevent the misuse of powers. However, the guardian goes astray since people do not care about boring news.

“Everybody wants to be entertained by the news,” says Todd Gitlin, a professor of sociology and journalism in the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University. It is hardly surprising that people prefer entertaining news like ‘The Daily Show’ than a serious and in-depth news report.

Fox "News"?... Channels like Fox have more opinion pieces for entertainment than actual news
Fox “News”?… Channels like Fox have more opinion pieces for entertainment than actual news. Photo by: Washingtonian

People are intellectually lazy, they are reluctant to investigate any issue; rather, they are eager to be told something as simple and interesting as a joke. Media will lose audience, unless they turn news into entertainment. News should reveal the truth, sadly truth does not matter now, only fun is important. According to the Pew Research Center, 10 % of ‘The Daily Show’ viewers are watching the half-hour show for its news headlines, 2% for in-depth reporting and 43% for entertainment. Obviously, a soaring number of people care entertainment more than facts.

Moreover, media is a business, and the purpose of news is making money more than exposing the corruption. To be honest, running a news site costs a lot of money, and when corruption can no longer catch people attention, the media has to change their strategy such as making entertaining news.

Media tycoons... Station owners like Fox's Rupert Murdoch control vast amounts of the news
Media tycoons… Station owners like Fox’s Rupert Murdoch control vast amounts of the news. Photo by: Forbes

More entertaining the news is, more audience they have, more advertisements they get and more money they earn. Fox news is known as entertaining news, and Fox is Basic Cable’s Most-Watched Network for 17 Months, and has far more audience than other serious news. Fox News is ‘successful’ as it has a considerable revenue, whereas a news channel that exposes corruption cannot be defined as successful.

Also, the media tycoons themselves may share the same interests with certain politicians. These tycoons could be part of the corruption, so how could you expect them to reveal their tactics? They cannot get much viewership anyway. If they keep exposing corruption between the government and big companies, the big companies will not be stupid enough to subsidise an enemy. Speaking of profit, news should be entertaining instead of exposing corruption that nobody cares so as to be profitable.

What is going on in the society? Corruption is becoming untraceable since the news is trying to cover it instead of exposing it. Politicians work for the big companies instead of the citizens, they vote according to the orders from their ‘boss’. News is no longer a news, people are entertained and fooled at the same time, and the government is corrupting is due to the civic ignorance.

Concealed Carry… Story By: Iris Grayson

At the beginning of July Boise, Idaho has received a new law. Those of the age 21 or older have a right carry a concealed fire arm without a permit inside the city limits. This law also has some restrictions as well, for instance you are not allowed to carry a concealed in any of the following: Courthouse, Juvenile detention facilities, Adult correctional facilities, Prison, Jail, Privet schools, Charter schools, and Public schools.

This gun is showing off the American red white and blue. Photo By: Huffington Post
This gun is showing off the American red white and blue. Photo By: Huffington Post

A concealed permit allowed a person to carry a small fire arm, such as a handgun, on your person, or in close proximity to yourself, in a public space.

The new law is the result of decades of work to liberalize gun laws in Idaho. Already one of the states with some of the most permissive gun laws in the nation. The law even states that caring a concealed fire arm is even allowed in the state capital.

Despite giving his signature Governor C.L Otter expresses concern about the right to carry a concealed fire arm from those who are at a lack of education, and/or requirement to fire such a weapon. Though other states are already the law are Alaska, Arizona, Kansas, Maine, Vermont, Wyoming, and West Virginia.

C.L Otter states”Such a safeguard would seem to be part of the Second Amendment’s ‘well-regulated’ standard. What’s more, the addition of a simple training requirement in this bill could have addressed the concerns of our valued law enforcement leaders and others who cherish both the shooting culture and the safety of shooters and non-shooters alike.”

It is legal for adults of age 18 to carry a firearm outside the city limits. It is still illegal for people under the age of 18 to carry any weapon, firearm or not. The ability to carry a concealed firearm permit is still in motion, and if one is received the ability lasts a total of five years.  Though no test must be taken for the right to carry concealed firearms.

The concealed fire arm law is passed in Idaho. Photo By WMD.com
The concealed fire arm law is passed in Idaho. Photo By WMD.com

““Out here in the West, most people have grown up with guns – they see no issue,” said Vaughn Killeen, executive director of the Idaho Sheriffs Association and the former longtime sheriff of the state’s most populous county. This year, the Sheriffs Association, which long had concerns about permit-less concealed carry, backed the new law.” (The Spokesman.com)

“I’m pro-gun – I think you should be able to carry them,” Haug said, he also stated, “I’m concerned that we don’t have people with a good education about how to properly carry a weapon, how to protect it, when to use it and when not to use it.”

Haug noted the 2015 incident in which a two year old found his mother’s gun in her purse, while shopping at Walmart in Hayden. The young boy shot and killed his mother. The mother had a concealed gun permit.

“We’ve had a couple of incidents,” stated Haug, “we want to prevent those tragedies.”

“We’re so close to Washington and Montana, so in order for them to go either direction, they have to have a permit,” Miller said.

Rusty: Our Informal School Mascot? … Story By Alistair King

Who is this mysterious cat? Is he just another stray or a cat with a story to tell?

Yearning for some Purring… Rusty the Cat is seen in the High School being petted. Photo-by Darth Syth
Yearning for some Purring… Rusty the Cat is seen in the High School being petted. Photo-by Alistair King

Rusty the cat was seen walking into both of the Forrest Bird Charter schools. Often distracting whatever class he happens to wander into. While this has mainly been over in the Middle School gym who keeps their door open, he has also evaded the difficult security of the loose high school window screens.

But where did this overt friendly cat come from? An interview with the cat’s owner’s granddaughter, a student at Forrest Bird Charter Middle School, sheds some light on this subject. Sunshine Osborne says that Rusty is seven years old and that her grandparents got him from “some lady” quite a few years ago.

According to Ms. Osborne Rusty is “very annoying” and really just wants attention. This desire for attention is quite obvious, and it is encouraged by the students at both the High School and Middle School. One student Emily Invernon said “I pretended that I needed to use the bathroom so I could pet the kitty.” This is definitely a distraction but a good one at that.

Many complaints and petitions have come out from among the student body wanting to allow Rusty to be free to walk around the school as he sees fit, but the idea has been disregarded due to the students allergic to cats. A few students have even gone as far to research the laws about cats in school to attempt to find a loophole. An Idea from Michael Bigley would be an area where students can go when they need a break to pet the cat when he is in this specific area free from the rest of the school. That is of course if he decides to show up.

What are his regular activities? This reporter followed and talked with Rusty for near to an hour. At first, Rusty was cautious about having someone come up to him and start taking pictures but was soon excited by the prospect of meeting a new person. “I always missed it when people wouldn’t take the time to have a nice conversation,” Rusty stated, “It can really brighten my day.” He really just wanders around the schools now that he has a relative in the school so close. “The petting isn’t all that bad either.”

Fun in the Sun… Rusty relaxes after hunting a pest in the underbrush. Photo-by Darth Syth
Fun in the Sun… Rusty relaxes after hunting a pest in the underbrush. Photo-by Alistair King

His regular activities consist of wandering around the Middle School once it opens up, attempting to get into the elusive High School. He also clears the school grounds of any rodents or pests that happen to be there. After his morning activities are done he will go and pester the retirement home’s dogs and then head back in to the neighborhood to get his well deserved rest.

Could this great cat be our new informal mascot? It’s honestly up to the student council to decide whether they want to believe that or not. While the administrative might not be so inclined the students can still believe and accept it.