I was going to write a depressing post about how neither the Washington Post nor CNN, nor the Today Show (though I missed some of it, and can’t be completely sure) bothered to mention Pearl Harbor this morning, on the anniversary of the day when a sneak air attack by Japan nearly destroyed the U.S. fleet at Pearl Harbor at Oahu, Hawaii. 2,335 U.S. servicemen and sixty-eight civilians died in the attack, as 1,178 soldiers and civilians were wounded. The tragedy launched U.S. participation in World War II, which took another 416,000 American lives among the horrendous 60 million killed in that conflict. Naturally, none of this was deemed worthy of mention by our journalistic establishment, or perhaps they just forgot. After all, the Grammy nominations were announced last night.
Then I caught this exchange among Harold Reynolds, Ken Rosenthal, and host Matt Vasgersian on the MLB Network’s live off-season show, Studio K, leading into a story about the Philadelphia Phillies obtaining outfielder Ben Revere in a trade yesterday:
Vasgersian: Years ago, a guy named Paul Revere rode through the streets of Philadelphia. Now another Revere, Ben, will be patrolling the outfield in that city…
Rosenthal: What? Paul Revere wasn’t in Philadelphia!
Vasgersian: Where was he?
Rosenthal: He was up in…Massachusetts.
Pearl Harbor, Paul Revere…whatever.
Remember the United States of America?
Heaven help us.