Rice & Beans, Beans & Rice
Jesse James at VirginiaFreeMen Blog has blogged a most excellent description of media in politics, in which he makes a comparison between "journalists" marketing opinion as facts, and supermarkets selling rice diluted with beans:
The beans have been put in the rice for quite some time, and people accepted it as the cost of getting rice. The media enjoyed the monopoly as being the only rice seller in the nation, and precious few international rice sellers existed with access to the US market. Within the last ten years, no longer are they the only people with rice, and now anyone with a desire to do so can enter the rice market. Not only that, precious few grains of rice are making their way into the ‘The Most Trusted Name in Rice™’ bags anymore, and people are calling it for what it is, dishonest. As fate would have it, the old rice sellers have watched the brand value plummet and their massive national conglomerate begin to lose hold of the market as a myriad of competitors found a way not to interfere with the rice and simply offer it to the customer. Lo and behold, we are now witnessing the fruition of the marketing director’s brilliant idea to start a ‘Fake Rice’ campaign claiming they are the only ‘real’ rice sellers and that those ‘alternative’ rice guys are selling tiny legumes and not to be trusted. When confronted with the fact that there is now a 10:1 ratio of beans to rice in said rice bags, the media promptly replied the beans are considered packing material and only racists and bigots demand their rice to be bean-free. In fact, even insinuating that a bag of rice should contain only rice is a direct attack on the six rice-selling corporations, the only legitimate ones, and in turn represents a national security threat to our food supply. The government should make it illegal for just anyone to sell rice, why people could just go pick up a bag without the appropriate number or beans in it.
Go read the whole thing. It is certainly worth the time invested. I will be following this blog going forward.