All in the Family featured the curmudgeonly Archie Bunker. Archie was television’s most famous grouch, blunt, blustering, straightforward and untouched by the PC crowd. He was the archetype of the conservative male. Michael desprately tried to reeducate him, but he persisted in his breviloquence.

Looking back at the last 40 years, we realize: ARCHIE WAS RIGHT!


So What?

It was one of those nights when you drive
Right by your own street and you wonder who's running
Your hands and your feet and your car becomes a capsule
Sometimes you can hide
Last night I just wanted, I wanted to ride
"Drive My Car" by David Crosby
(CNN) Singer-songwriter David Crosby hit a jogger with his car Sunday evening, a spokesman said.
The article goes on to explain that it was all an innocent accident.  The jogger was running on the wrong side of the road and the sun was in Mr. Crosby's eyes.  Further we are told:
"David Crosby is obviously very upset that he accidentally hit anyone. And, based off of initial reports, he is relieved that the injuries to the gentleman were not life threatening," said Michael Jensen, a Crosby spokesman. "He wishes the jogger a very speedy recovery."
My first reaction to this story is "so what?".  We don't normally have a story about a jogger getting hit by a car in national news.  This time its different.  This time the guy driving the car is a big time (although ageing) hippy song writer and folk rock star.

The "news" in this case is all about David Crosby.  He wasn't intoxicated in any way.  Apparently that bit of information is surprising or otherwise unusual enough to merit mention. Mr. Crosby is very sorry and hopes the guy gets better and all that jazz.  Because, Mr. Crosby is a nice man.

One thing we aren't told, is the name, or anything else about the guy who got hit, other than he was hurt bad and his injuries aren't life threatening. 

On the other hand we have Crosby mentioned by name 11 times in a short news blurb.  The cop they quoted got his name mentioned more than the poor guy who is laying on his back in a hospital someplace in California.

Mr. Crosby isn't the problem (other than hitting the guy).  The problem is that we live in a country where the focus in this story isn't the guy who got hurt.  The focus (and by implication why we should collectively care) is that this was an EVENT that happened in the life of a celebrity.  

1 comment:

  1. What is up with all the old fart celebs who are hitting innocent people? First there was Bruce Jenner who is probably going to have to do some jail time for his accident, then Gary Busey hit somebody in a parking lot while backing up, now Crosby.

    Is there something in the water in Malibu that is causing this? Because that is where most all of this happened.

    Maybe part of the story on Crosby is that he has cleaned himself up. He is on either his second or third liver transplant.
    The last time it came out that he had a transplant, he took a lot of PR flack from the public about how a drunken drug infested musician should not have been able to get a transplant before some innocent citizen.

    I half agree with that sentiment, because somebody who spent decades destroying vital organs should not be allowed to get to the top of the list before somebody who did not make bad life choices. He also, like other celebs, has the money to buy a transplant too. So I kind of have mixed feelings about stuff like this.