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Topic: The Media (in any form) (11/11/10)
TITLE: AP-Almighty's Power
By Mona Purvis
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<center><i> The printing press, the network news afraid,
Controlled by demons and their deviltry
Prefer to champion a movie star's tirade.
Such crimes they do with brazen errantry.</center> </i>
“This just beats all! I can't quit smiling, Charles. I keep thinking about <i> the bad old days </i> when I was a war correspondent. I lived in fear and dread, faced death every day just to get the story out. The photos...so horrible.” Edward Lawson rubbed his hands through his thick red hair.
“No more, Edward. Never again! King Jesus sits on the throne! I can't wait for these Monday morning meetings to see what everyone is working on. Let's get to it, folks. Time's wasting; we've only got about a thousand years before you know who gets loose. Of course, we already know the ending to that story, right? Okay, here's the scoop, gather round.”
Six highly seasoned news correspondents took their seats at C (Christ) B (Beat) S (Sin) to get their assignments. Charles looked around the table at the assembled talent.
“Edward, we can't hear enough about peace. The readers are eating it up. Loved the piece last week where you reported on the farmers getting the shipment of swords in so they can beat them into plows. Get me more of that. It's out there worldwide. Think about an angle from Iraq and Russia. Let's get you over there. Get me some photos of these people at peace. Children...I want to see smiling Iraqi children. Front page, stuff.”
“Hector, we need to get some coverage of The Western Wall... The Wailing Wall it used to be called before King Jesus took the throne. There's no security checks there anymore, no need for them. No praying people, no paper prayers stuck in the cracks. The world needs to see what happens to a people who no longer try to get close to the mortar Holy of Holies because they can freely approach the living King of Kings. Photos, Hector. Plenty of photos.”
“Alice, no Wall Street crash to report, huh? Isn't it great? Prosperity...what a delight. Get me some stats on families, housing sales, food supplies and prices, the growing job market. It's all good. Let's spread this good news. Take some time to look at what were the poorest economies under Satan's regime. Get photos showing well-fed, happy children where once they starved. Pay close attention to the elderly on pensions. It's about time we get the world to see what can happen when greed is put down.”
“Sam, you won lots of Critics Awards for your crime stories back when. Let's see what you can do with it today. Remember how the courts were so backed up and plea deals took place? I know I do. The jails were overcrowded and inmates were released to make space for more. Boy, I used to hate that news, made us all look like idiots. No jail crowding now is there? King Jesus is swift and just. No need for a jury. In fact, find out what all those attorneys are up to now days. No one's even locking their doors anymore. Let's get this front and center.”
“Macy, I've always thought your dedication to saving animals was so worthy. I could always count on you to show us the plight of whales and polar bears. Well, get busy, girl. They're multiplying by leaps and bounds! Elephants, gorillas, pandas and even the snow leopards. No more natural enemies, and with the climate so great, they're on the increase. I'm told you can get close-ups like never before. For some reason, they're much friendlier to humans. Get pictures!”
“Spencer, don't look so dejected! There's plenty waiting to be told. Surprise me, son. You know I could always throw you back on obits! But, that's changed a bit, too, hasn't it? Guess that's expected when people are livings for centuries. So, get out of here and don't come back without a story.”
So, that's the life of a news editor here during the millennium. He doesn't have to search too hard for news anymore. It's all good. But, then he doesn't worry about sponsors or budgets. When he's not in the office, I know just where you can find him. He's over in the temple, sitting at Jesus feet. That's where I'm headed. Come along?
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