Good news is no news now


A funny thing happened last week as I was looking for a topic that was 180 degrees from the garbage we’ve been subject to in the news and, sadly, in premiering tele-vision shows.

I couldn’t find any.

Every now and then, it’s nice to be able to see what great works the human race is capable of, the kindness we show, the camaraderie in times of crisis, the celebra-tion of good triumphing over evil.

Except that wasn’t going to happen.

I was looking for a group of people that was coming together to help out the down-trodden. Couldn’t find a story.

An old favorite show, “Murphy Brown,” started up again on Thursday. I was a walk through the liberal talking-point garden, replete with a cameo by Hillary Clinton.

Maybe there was a triumph of the wills that means something good for people suf-fering. Nothing there.

No student success stories. No groundbreaking inventions. No winning in the face of long odds.

There was, though, plenty of people willing to believe the worst, willing to destroy lives for a belief, never once looking to forgive, to go forth and sin no more.

I’m not naïve enough to believe that just because I can’t see something, it doesn’t exist. For instance, there’s plenty of people in Madison County who are sponsoring fundraisers for people suffering ailments, or who have lost livelihoods or their homes.

But for the love of Pete, does everything have to be so negative? I realize that as a newsman, it behooves me to set an example, and I try to do that week after week (hey, our little slice of heaven here is a great place for good stories).

However, when you’re bombarded day after day, hour after hour with stories about hate, and intractability, and mindless, unsubstantiated accusations, and generally the worst side of humanity, well, it can be soul-crushing.

So I’ll put it out there for everyone: Let us be the good news.

When we’re presented people screaming because life has treated them unfairly, let us show them that the world is not run by fear, but by love.

When confronted with ignorance, react with open hands.

When confronted by hate, react with kind words and love.

It’s the only way things will get better.

Tony Farkas is publisher of the Madisonville Meteor.