OPINION:Phil Paleologos|Ferry-Goers Seasick Over Politics
The Steamship Authority has been getting hammered from ferry-goers traveling the seas between Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket over the Cable TV political content on the channels shown on their televisions. This tsunami has been growing only since the election of President Trump. So they decided, no more FOX News, CNN, MSNBC or PBS that passengers from both political aisles have been complaining about.
The Steamship Authority felt caught in the middle of some rough seas, and they recently voted to prohibit televisions on their vessels from showing those channels across the political spectrum, according to the Associated Press.
Instead, the swap will be for local news, sports, weather, and food programming to help stop all the bellyaching.
But looking at this development a little closer, could seasickness, a conflict between the senses, and Trump Derangement Syndrome, a conflict that makes some people physically ill, be connected? I can see some folks looking up at the news about the president and getting the usual symptoms like a headache, nausea, sweating and in some cases wanting to vomit. You get sea sickness when one part of your balance-sensing system feels like your body is moving but other parts don't, the basis for motion sickness.
And that may explain why some people are sensitive to having the inability to balance things not only in their inner ear but in their real lives, too.
(Editor's Note: Phil Paleologos is the morning host on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from 6-10 a.m. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.)