Charles Ramsey and Ruslan Tsarni Should Get A TV Show

One of the almost refreshing things to emerge from the Boston bombing was Ruslan Tsarni. Uncle Ruslan didn’t waste a moment in front of the cameras, blasting his nephews as losers, expressing his love for America and conveying his embarrassment for what had happened. It was rare to see someone not going with the default “more in sorrow than anger” mood that tends to characterize these events. He said what I think a lot of people were thinking.

By now, you’ve heard about the three girls who were imprisoned in a basement in Ohio. A video interview with the neighbor who discovered and rescued one of the girls is rapidly going viral. It is worth a watch as he expresses amazement and what happened and uncorks a number of great spontaneous lines (“I knew something was wrong when a little, pretty white girl ran into a black man’s arms. Something is wrong here. Dead giveaway.”)

I was thinking about this in the car this morning and realized just why those two videos are so much fun. It’s because genuine emotion and spontaneous expression are so rarely shown in the media. Our culture has become relentlessly programmed and focus-group tested. From “reality TV” that isn’t real to movies that are statistically tweaked for mass appeal, there’s a whole industry out there designed to crush spontaneity.

Our politicians have become so sanitized and so on-message that they have made the Information Age boring as hell. Everyone has the same talking points, everyone is on a script. Barack Obama is the apotheosis of this: everything he says sounds it has been passed through the political equivalent of Autotune.

Yeah, America. Boo, cynicism. Government can’t solve everything but it can solve many things. Bipartisanship. It’s all Bush’s fault.

Of course, Obama also illustrates why the media has become so dominated by focus-group blahness. On the rare occasions when Obama does speak off the cuff, he often sticks his foot in it (red lines, bitter clingers, etc.)

Chris Christie is the opposite of this in many ways. He’s always saying what he thinks and, often, what everyone knows deep down. But his honesty is often a double-edged sword. The same statements that make conservatives cheer make liberals cringe. And when he earnestly praised Obama’s Sandy response, the outcry was fierce. Rand Paul is the same way, often saying exactly what he means and contradicting his own party. But this has also made him enemies on the Left, particularly with some of his bumbling comments on racial issues.

But, as human beings, we are far closer to the Christie/Paul model than we are to the Obama one. No one sees an event — whether it’s something trivial or something momentous — and carefully maps out their feelings. They react. Sometimes they overreact. Sometimes they say things they don’t really mean. Sometimes they say and do things that contradict what they really believe. But we’re not media creatures and never have been.

Tsarni and Ramsey are a great contrast against a media that’s constantly wringing its hands over what drives men to do evil things and always telling us that horrible things could happen at any moment. Basically, neither man seems to give a shit about being “on message”. Uncle Ruslan was angry and appalled by the bombing. He didn’t somberly pontificate on what drove his nephews to kill and maim a bunch of innocent folk. He was outraged and said so. Charles Ramsey didn’t worry about whether someone would think his comments were racially insensitive. He was dumfounded by what had happened and said so.

More of this, please. Life isn’t scripted. Why should everything in the media be?

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  1. salinger

    Charles Ramsey is Cleveland through and through. makes me proud to hail from the mistake on the lake. If you get a chance – check out the interviews with the niece of the woman whose house the 911 call was made from. (the aunt doesn’t speak English, so this little Hispanic girl translated) She was poised and real.

    These two embody the no bullshit demeanor I have grown up with around me and I couldn’t feel better represented.

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  2. Mississippi Yankee

    Chris Christie is the opposite of this in many ways. He’s always saying what he thinks and, often, what everyone knows deep down.

    Hal, I’m not sure one can chalk up Kristie Kreme’s “off the cuff” comments with an absence of guile rather than just one more manifestation of his lack of self control. (yeah I know he had belly band surgery and claims to have lost 40 lbs) The truth of the matter may be stuff comes out of his mouth with as much forethought as what’s goes into it.

    But then again some of the things that have come out of his mouth in the past several years might have enamored him to you.
    Things such as strict gun control (long before Sandy Hook).
    A comprehensive amnesty program (again well before this current debate).
    And AGW and the corresponding laws to curb it.

    This man is the consummate RINO. And with his inability to push away from the dinner table he is built like one too. Of course you could apologize for him and say he has a glandular disorder but … Let’s see where those 40 lbs are in two years.

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  3. Nexus

    Charles Ramsey is Cleveland through and through. makes me proud to hail from the mistake on the lake.

    Are you sure about that?

    From the website The Smoking Gun…
    MAY 8–The Cleveland man credited with helping free female captives from a house of horrors is a convicted felon whose rap sheet includes three separate domestic violence convictions that resulted in prison terms, court records show.

    Charles Ramsey, whose 911 call and subsequent TV interviews have made him a microcelebrity, was once a repeat spousal abuser whose marriage ended in divorce following a 2003 felony conviction for battering his wife.

    http://www.thesmokinggun.com/documents/cleveland-hero-charles-ramsey-8702415

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  4. salinger

    Are you sure about that?

    Let’s hope he takes his new fame as impetus to walk the straight and narrow. Worse comes to worse he could run or office in South Carolina.

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  5. Mook

    Let’s hope he takes his new fame as impetus to walk the straight and narrow. Worse comes to worse he could run or office in South Carolina.

    I wasn’t aware that convicted felons were elected in SC.. and last I checked, cigar-poking philanderer Bill Clinton was considered a rock star in the Democrat party.

    Ramsey did good this time and deserves kudos for saving those 3 girls from even more hell. But the smoking gun revelation should come as no surprise – pretty much anytime you see a 40+ year old dishwasher who isn’t a recent immigrant, it’s a safe bet that they have a criminal history, a substance abuse history, or both.

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  6. Mook

    And they also have to be Democrat…

    George Reid, a process server in the sheriff’s department who was recently pardoned for a 1974 felony grand larceny conviction, polled 1,228 votes against 1,120 votes for the former sheriff, Jack Keown, in the runoff Democratic primary election, said Virginia Edmunds of the county auditor’s office. There is no Republican candidate in the general election.

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  7. Nexus

    Let’s hope he takes his new fame as impetus to walk the straight and narrow.
    Fame or no I also hope he has learned his lesson and is a better man for it.

    Worse comes to worse he could run or office in South Carolina.
    Just had to throw that in there, didn’t ya? LOL!!

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  8. Mississippi Yankee

    And I wonder if Angel Cordero might have wanted to play this celibacy thing on the down low. How does a grown man living about a thousands miles from any Spanish speaking countries especially Dominican Republic where he says he’s from BTW, Not able to “Sprechen Sie Englisch?”

    Might senor Cordero be a law breaker himself? What’s the term? Illegal alien?

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