Monday, April 17, 2006

Aruba more important than Tehran?

Which is a bigger story, the disappearance and presumed murder of Natalie Holloway or oil over $70 a barrel? Apparently to MSNBC oil is the story you read after the update in the Holloway case. On their homepage, the arrest in the Holloway case is listed higher on the bulletpoints list than the "Roots of the immigration crisis" and "Oil tops $70." What a sad commentary on our society where the death of one teenager, a tragedy for her family and friends to be sure, gets as much or more news coverage as immigration and oil prices.

Faux News is practically the Natalie Holloway channel while having no full-time reporters in Iraq chasing down all those good news stories they lament the rest of the media aren't covering. They have covered the Holloway case relentlessly for the past year. (Al Franken has commented that if she had disappeared in Iraq Faux News wouldn't have covered it because it wouldn't have been a "good news" story.) But back to MSNBC. The new arrest is listed as a top story. How is this a top story? A high school girl getting murdered is indeed a tragedy but it's not worldwide news. Maybe if Scooter Libby or Karl Rove killed her then yes it's a big story, but not now.

Right now there are kidnappings and murders going on in all fifty states and while it is sickeningly routine they are not national or worldwide news. Oil prices and their impact on the worldwide economy deserves more coverage than an arrest in Aruba. The latest goings on with diplomacy or war plans with Iran deserves more coverage than of the jailing of "G.V.C." on the tiny Dutch island. There were more "important" stories covered like Prince Albert of Monaco reaching the North Pole and Brad Pitt and Anjelina Jolie considering a Namibian name for their baby. I guess we all know W's decision on Iran already it's Branjelina's baby's name we really care about.


Blogger Intellectual Insurgent said...

Amazing what kind of trivial nonsense the corporate media offers. I've been watching the market news and the price of gold is skyrocketing. That does not bode well for the interest rates and the housing market.

10:58 AM  
Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

And alla fternoon it was that grisly child murder. Of course nothing is as gruesome as what's going on in Iraq but we'er tired of that and of course if we know what we're doing, the terrorists win - right?

Where ignorance is bliss
'tis folly to be wise

6:39 PM  

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