Turning on the radio this morning I was listening to a sweet-sounding string ensemble play a selection of Christmas music. The group's virtuosity was quite amazing. Without changing any energy and verve they moved effortlessly between sacred carols, Handel's Messiah, and seasonal sentimental songs while always returning to “Jingle Bells!” It was called something like “Christmas Cornucopia.” It was pleasant enough to hear, but it seemed to place all Christmas music in the same category. It caused me to reflect on the situation of media-driven news.
As we move into 2014, it is increasingly important that all of the news that we hear not be relegated to the same level of significance. The opinions of TV families who hunt game birds certainly have their place, however there are issues going on in the world that are more serious and more important. For instance, I hope that the diplomatic work between the president and Iran precludes the need for new sanctions against that country, and that some measure of trust can be engendered between our two countries.