On the Main Stream Media’s Fake News, a Poem by Russel Winick The Society November 17, 2020 Culture, Deconstructing Communism, Poetry 14 Comments Truthfulness I walked through our lovely suburban downtown, Which always is ranked as the best. But everywhere windows and doors had gone down, The triumph of peaceful protest. I heard a most credible ex-Navy man, Describe the corruption he knew. Which MSM buried per usual plan, Big Tech rushed to censor it too. This morning I read what the newspapers said, It’s critical Trump gets defeated. Amongst all their reasoning this is what led: The wording “More openness is needed.” Russel Winick recently started writing poetry at nearly age 65, after ending a long legal career. He resides in Naperville, Illinois. NOTE: The Society considers this page, where your poetry resides, to be your residence as well, where you may invite family, friends, and others to visit. Feel free to treat this page as your home and remove anyone here who disrespects you. Simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Put “Remove Comment” in the subject line and list which comments you would like removed. The Society does not endorse any views expressed in individual poems or comments and reserves the right to remove any comments to maintain the decorum of this website and the integrity of the Society. Please see our Comments Policy here. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) 14 Responses Susan Jarvis Bryant November 17, 2020 From the wry wink of the title to the hypocrisy of the closing line, this poem packs a powerful punch. I love it! I don’t feel as qualified as some to mention a minor adjustment, and perhaps those with a finer eye will put me right, but I feel the last line of the poem would read better without the “is” – “More openness needed” sounds better to my ear. BUT, this doesn’t detract from the message and craft of your fine poem. Thank you and bravo, Russel! Reply Susan Jarvis Bryant November 17, 2020 … it could be my British English curse LOL Reply Russel Winick November 17, 2020 Not at all – all suggestions are much appreciated, especially being a novice at this! In fact, I have a related question, perhaps best asked by email (email@example.com if that would be OK). Thanks! Joseph S. Salemi November 17, 2020 Susan, you’re right. The very same thing occurred to me when reading the last line. The even-numbered lines in this poem all should have a distinct trimeter beat. But the word “is” in the last line spoils that trimeter pattern. Moreover, as I mentioned in a comment at another thread here, the deliberate omission of the verb of being is an acceptable device in English poetry, just as it is in Latin verse. Susan, if you will grant Evan Mantyk permission to give me your mailing address in Texas, I have something to mail to you and Mike. Russel Winick November 17, 2020 Thank you, Sir. That’s good to learn. Susan Jarvis Bryant November 21, 2020 Joe S. Mike and I have been having a blast with your gift. Thank you, Sir!! Russel Winick November 17, 2020 Thanks as always, Susan! Reply Susan Jarvis Bryant November 21, 2020 You are most welcome – I look forward to reading more of your poetry, Russel. Russel Winick November 17, 2020 Thank you, Sir. That’s good to learn. Reply Rod Walford November 17, 2020 Russel whilst I agree with my fellows regarding your final line, the overall impact of your poem is well aimed and desperately needed. Good job ! Regards…Rod Reply Russel Winick November 17, 2020 Thanks Rod. Reply BDW November 21, 2020 The topic of Mr. Winick’s piece is timely. The MSM has become the propaganda arm for the high-tech oligarchs. The New York Times by Brice U. Lawseed O, woe is me. I have the vapours. I am suffering. The old, gray lady dolefully ain’t what she used to be, The New York Times has now become the paper of fake news. The only record they are keeping is one of abuse. They have become a propaganda broadsheet for the left. And knowledge of what is the right, of that they are bereft. Their banning of conservatives proves tautologic’lly, they’re really not recording anything for history. It is so strange to see them fall down to the level of South China Morning Post, Tass, Pravda and Izvestia. Reply Russel Winick November 21, 2020 Them and many others. Thank you. Reply Cynthia Erlandson November 21, 2020 You point out a great irony that should be obvious, though apparently many don’t see it. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.