So cute…. later, it will eat you.
I am watching the Today Show this morning from the Embassy Suites (don’t ask) in Chevy Chase, Md.
The economy would seem to be melting down and Wall Street is dissolving, but on the Today Show, we are treated to a heartwarming story of the Safari Zoological Park in Kansas.
They are showing 3 tiger cubs ‘raised’ by a “miracle” dog.
It makes a great story.
But if you listen carefully, (and kudos to Matt Lauer who sort of slips in the uncomfortable facts), the ‘miracle’ dog did not really ‘rescue’ the tiger cubs. The cubs were kind of put in a box with the dog. And the dog does not nurse the cubs. (“We botttle feed ’em, Matt”). And the real ‘miracle’ here is that the Safari Zoological Park was seemingly going bankrupt until the Today Show ‘rescued’ them with a spot. (“God saved us on August 1st when we were on your show”.)
Americans love a good story.
There is a wonderful book all about America’s love affair with a good story, (often in the face of more uncomfortable facts), called An Empire of Their Own: How The Jews Invented Hollywood by Neil Gabler.
Hollywood, Gabler points out, was invented pretty much by 5 Jews who came from a 60 mile radius around the Polish town of Pinsk. Louis B Mayer, Jack Warner, Harry Cohn, Adolf Zuckor and William Fox (as in 20th Century Fox, Louis Mayer as in Metro Goldwin Mayer; Jack Warner as in Warner Brothers.
These guys came to American with no idea whatsoever of what the real America was, but they had a dream of what American could be ‘streets paved with gold. Small towns. White picket fences. Mickey Rooney.
They went on to put that dream on the silver screen, with little regard to what was going on in the real America.
Americans bought it.
It became their collective history. The thing they remembered about their own past – even if it bore little or no relationship to reality. It did not matter.
When Ronald Reagan spoke of that ‘shining city on a hill’ he was not talking about a real past. He was referring to the Adolf Zuckor vision that we all shared. Perfect.
The reality of a Safari Park in Kansas (what the hell is that about to start with?) going broke and calling a PR agent to get their story on the Today Show (of how they jammed a few tiger cubs into a box with a dog…heartwarimg) is not the story America wants to hear. It wants to hear a MIRACLE.
All this brings us to the collapsing economy and Mrs. Palin.
The Miracle Story we can all relate to. Soccer mom who becomes President and saves the country.
Like the POW story.
America loves a great story.
What America does not deal real well with, apparently, is reality.
At least, so far.
The collapse of the Economy is far from heartwarming.
So let’s go with the baby tigers and the ‘miracle’ dog…..and the miracle soccer mom.