5 Stories I’m Absolutely Sick and Tired of Hearing About

10346859_10152400318702489_700547295_nI’m pretty sure this article will probably offend some people, but I’ve learned in this business that you can’t please everybody.  I just felt the need to vent a little bit about 5 stories that I’m absolutely sick and tired of hearing about.

You know, let’s just get right to them.  There’s really no need for some long introduction to this, I’ll explain why I’m sick of each story as I go along.

So, in no particular order, here we go:


You knew this had to be on the list.  It’s the “story” that never ends.  Republicans need something to use leading up to the 2014 midterms to ignite their base, and they’re desperately doing whatever they can to slander Hillary Clinton ahead of the 2016 elections.

They try to say this is all about finding out “why four Americans died,” but that’s not what this latest committee is about.  We’ve had a bipartisan Senate Intelligence Committee already do a report that said it was an intelligence failure and probably preventable attack.  But the failures were on every level from the White House, to Congress all the way down to the embassy in Benghazi.

What Republicans are wasting time on now is investigating the talking points that were used immediately following the attacks.  Yes, the damn talking points.  They can keep trying to spin this new committee however they want.  They can repeat the phrase “4 Americans died” over and over and over every time one of them is on television and act as if there’s some giant conspiracy to cover up what happened in Benghazi – but that doesn’t change the fact that this new committee is investigating talking points that were used immediately following the attacks.

They’re not investing the actual attack, because we already know what happened! 

Donald Sterling

Wow, that interview with Anderson Cooper was brutal.  This guy is senile.  But why the hell do people keep talking about him?  How many times can we say that someone saying “I don’t want blacks at my games” is racist?  We know it’s racist, that’s why he’s being fined and losing his NBA team!

The tape came out, the NBA acted and Donald Sterling is essentially done as the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers.

This is an 80-year-old man with some mistress who’s young enough to be his great-granddaughter (gross), that’s still married to a woman who seems absolutely fine with his affairs, and we’re shocked that he might lack a certain degree of morals or ethics?

Continuing to conduct interviews with either Sterling or his mistress (I refuse to use her name because I’m not giving her any more of the fame that she desperately wants) is just beating a dead horse.  She wants fame and I’m not even sure he’s aware of what decade it is.  This story ended the moment the NBA essentially told Donald Sterling to get the hell out of their league.

He’s a racist – that’s been well established.  He’s losing his NBA team as a result of his ignorance – that’s indisputable.

The end.  

Missing Malaysian Flight 370 

Another one you probably figured would be on this list.  It’s a tragedy.  Over 200 people died and it’s difficult for some to move on when there’s no “definite” on what actually happened.  It’s the whole thing of having closure.  And while there’s no real definite proof, I think it’s safe to assume that the flight crashed and everyone on board was tragically killed.

But holy crap has the media made absolute fools of themselves on this story, with CNN being by far the most ridiculous.

Did space aliens come down and take the plane?  Are you freaking kidding me?   Or yes, let’s ask a psychic to tell us what they think happened to the missing plane.  How about instead of that let’s just see if their “expert psychic” can tell me what number I’m thinking of.  If they can guess that correctly, then we’ll talk about their thoughts on the missing plane, deal?

Breaking News: Used diaper found floating in the Pacific.  Is it from missing Malaysian Flight 370?  Tune into Anderson Cooper 360 to find out.

I honestly wouldn’t be shocked if that were an actual headline used on CNN.

Monica Lewinsky

It’s 2014, right?  Okay, just checking.  Why the hell is Monica Lewinsky being talked about in the news?!  She had an affair with Bill Clinton almost 20 years ago – and guess what, nobody really cared about it back then either.

Hillary Clinton is most likely running for president in 2016, so by all means let’s bring up her husband’s affair from nearly two decades ago, because that’s totally relevant.  

In other news, I just drank a bottle of water and had chicken for dinner.  Because those are both about as relevant to Hillary Clinton running for president in 2016 as who her husband cheated on her with in the 90’s.

Michael Sam

This one I’m sure is going to tick a lot of people off and that’s fine.  I’m not discrediting the groundbreaking nature of the NFL having its first openly gay player drafted.  It’s historic and I was watching the moment he got drafted.  Hell, I was hoping the Dallas Cowboys would take him.  It was a great moment for gay rights and the fight for true equality.

But Michael Sam doesn’t want to be known as a gay football player – he said so himself.  He wants to simply be known as a football player.   Can’t we respect that?  He’s a 7th round pick of the St. Louis Rams and I wish him all the luck in the world in making the team.

Unfortunately no matter how good he plays, no matter how long his career is, there’s always going to be someone with something ignorant to say about him.  In my opinion, and I might be wrong, continuing to devote an inordinate amount of attention to the ignorance some will always have towards Sam does him a disservice.

He should be known as “Michael Sam, linebacker for the St. Louis Rams,” not “Michael Sam, the first gay player in the NFL.”

Showing him kissing his boyfriend when he received the call that he had been drafted over and over and over and over again, to me, is every bit as ignorant as those who say they’re “grossed out” by it.  Most of these media outlets aren’t showing it because it’s a beautiful moment in the young man’s life.  They’re showing it because it’s “the first gay player in the NFL kissing a man” and that’s something with which they feel they can drive ratings.  They know that image will undoubtedly bring out ignorance within some, so the more they show it, the more derogatory comments people will make towards Michael Sam and the more stories they can write about those comments.

As for me, I believe in honoring what people ask.  Michael Sam has asked that we view him as a football player, not a gay football player, and that’s exactly what I plan on doing.

Michael Sam came out as gay.  He then became the first openly gay player drafted in the NFL.  All anyone should care about going forward is what kind of football player he can be.

Because I think that’s exactly what Michael Sam wants us to focus on – not his sexual orientation.  And by the way, if he happens to not make the team, can we not automatically assume it’s because he’s gay?  Thanks. 

Alright, that’ll wrap this up.  I’ve vented and I feel better.  Do you agree?  Disagree?  Think I’m an idiot?  Think I missed a story?  Feel free to hit me up on Twitter or on my Facebook page Right Off a Cliff and let me know your thoughts.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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