Along the Tracks

Thursday, March 07, 2002
 

Missing the story


In the process of working on a story for a future issue of The Leader about children and mental health issues, I ran across some information (second-hand through rosemond.com) which is in the Bernard Goldberg book, “Bias.” This info has been given very little play - the book’s more confrontational aspects between Goldberg and network news executives are apparently much more fun. But Goldberg lists several statistics indicating just how hard life is for children today, and rightly wonders why the issue has not dominated television journalism.

Wait, you say, the media is constantly reporting on school-yard shootouts, lack of adequate day care and health care, and all those heartbreaking crime victims like Danielle van Dam and Jon-Benet Ramsey. Those issues, while emotionally compelling, are not the ones to which Goldberg points. Rather, he notes the meteoric rise in teen suicide, drug use, emotional problems, sexual promiscuity and sexually-transmitted diseases, and the connections these troubling facts have with today’s trend of absentee parentism.

Goldberg offers a reason for the media’s myopia: Network execs are beholden to the feminist movement. The feminists, in turn, oppose the discussion of any social problems which might be tied to their agenda, i.e., to “liberate” women from their role as mothers.

Now, let me say, the specifics of this issue involve men and women. There is no reason men cannot be the “home parents” while their wives support the family. I have a cousin who is a stay-at-home dad while his wife pursues a very successful career in the automotive world.

The story here is not that moms need to stay home; the story is that kids do much better when at least one parent stays at home with them. Unfortunately, that very important story is one the mainstream media will not tell.


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