Randall Hansen Is A Happy Person


So, exactly who is Randall Hansen, you may well ask?

I'll get to him in a minute.

I have long suggested that, with today's news reporting being what it is (i.e., seemingly lacking the journalistic ethics of even the National Enquirer), everyone should accept NOTHING they see, hear, or read without doing a good bit of research to determine fact from "fake news". This goes for ALL news outlets - independent of what news source we may like and independent of what side of the ideological "aisle" we favor.

A case in point is the newly released book by Michael Wolff, "Fire and Fury, Inside the Trump White House". The short title, "Fire and Fury", is what the news media reports in its discussions of the book

Let's forget for a moment that this book is more about Steve Bannon than Trump. The news media have portrayed this book to contain inflammatory and salacious details making Trump look bad. Further, let's forget for a moment that much of what is in this book strays from fact by light years in distance.

This book is flying off the shelves - the news media has created the sales for this book. Some, if not many, people just can't seem to get enough of negative news about Trump - be the news true or false.

Here is where my suggesting that we should always check EVERYTHING comes into play.

There is another book with the short title of "Fire and Fury". It was penned some 10 years ago by Randall Hansen. The full title is "Fire and Fury. The Allied Bombing of Germany, 1942 - 1945".

Hansen's book is also flying off the shelves. And the reason is simple. People are only reading the short title before buying it. Are we REALLT that lazy and/or REALLY that needy for dirt on the president to only read the short title?

One reviewer, seemingly upset, wrote this:

I DON'T SEE ANYTHING ABOUT PRESIDENT TRUMP! I DON'T KNOW WHY THE DEMOCRATS ARE SO HAPPY WITH THIS BOOK AND MAKINIG A BIG DEAL OF THIS !

Note: it wasn't clear if this reviewer was being serious or not. But, with the lack of research people do these days, it wouldn't surprise me if the reviewer, in fact, was serious.

To be a little fair here, how is Hansen's book really doing in its sales? It was number 3 on Amazon's "best sellers" list just after Wolff's book came out.

Are we so interested in seeing that which we are fed by the media and that which we believe as being more important that the truth? Apparently, the answer is YES.