Recently a number of people shared in outrage a post through the social networks, and a few even contacted me directly. Here is the intro to the article:
Tuesday night in his State Of the Union address President Obama used the term Ambulance Driver to describe EMS workers. The comment was a blink and you missed it statement during his 65-minute speech. But it was enough to push many skilled paramedics and EMTs to voice their displeasure.
National Registry of Medical Workers (NRMW) chief executive Vince Furnier, say his office received an overwhelming number of calls. “Our phone system was overloaded. EMTs and Paramedics were calling in droves. Many were calling hoping we could use our lobbyists to force an apology from the president. We have been in contact with members of congress but are not very hopeful anything will be done.”
The post I am referring to is Obama angers EMS workers by calling them “Ambulance Drivers” in State of the Union Address over at CallTheCops.net who are proudly “America’s 27th Most Trusted Source For Public Safety News“. As a big fan of The Onion I also find myself a fan of CallTheCops.net. Their investigative piece on how Walmart is going to provide EMS from their rural SuperCenters was a deep and inspiring work.
So, does any of this sound odd or off to you?
If it doesn’t, then this is part of the problem. You are undoubtedly suffering from either: A) BelieveItAllosis – a false sense of trust in everything you read on the internet, B) SheldonCooperitis – the acute inability to decipher sarcasm and satire in the real world, or C) ambient stupidity. You cannot, theoretically, suffer from both B and C at the same time, but you can suffer from A with either of the other two possibilities. You are afflicted and need to see your Medical Director IMMEDIATELY for treatment!!!
If it does, then great! That means that you’re probably going to take a closer look at the source… and you’ll realize that any site that takes pride in being the 27th Most Trusted Source For Public Safety News either sets goals really low or is what would be considered a satirical site. You are in fine health and should not worry about those ailments afflicting you or your ability to fulfill your job requirements.
To those of you who have been afflicted… I raise an eyebrow to you and ask, “Really? Really?? Really???”
Do you really think Obama would use the term “Ambulance Driver“? More importantly if he did say “Ambulance Driver” don’t you think that the Republican War Machine Sarah Palin would have pounced all over that usage and rode that term to the hilt in the media? Don’t you think there would have been cries of foul from actual associations such as NEMSMA and NAEMT? Don’t you think it would have been the cover story on both trade magazines, covered by countless bloggers, and that CNN would have an hour long panel discussion about the derogatory use of the term?
Yeah. So without getting into the whole fact that the vast majority of you railing against the use of the term “Ambulance Driver” do, in fact, drive the ambulance, you need to be a little bit more careful about what you see on the internet and riles you up. While I appreciate the humor and incredible creativity that goes behind CallTheCops.net, I don’t appreciate my fellow professionals using that as the source for being vocally disgruntled about things in the industry.
How can anyone take you seriously when an obvious joke is what you’re taking seriously?