|...Hey we can
only cover 1 story at a time!!!
media is the term used to
denote, as a class, that section of the media specifically conceived
and designed to reach a very large audience (typically at least as
large as the whole population of a nation state). It was coined in the
1920s with the advent of nationwide radio networks and of
mass-circulation newspapers and magazines. The mass-media audience has
been viewed by some commentators as forming a mass society with special
characteristics, notably atomization or lack of social connections,
which render it especially susceptible to the influence of modern
mass-media techniques such as advertising and propaganda. - wikipedia
Now don't get me
wrong - AO is a
disaster based website, we have a handful of people covering news and
writing opinion articles such as this one - we DONT EXACTLY have the
resources that FOX or CNN does... in fact, we operate on pocket change
and donations. Why is it that when one story of importance breaks
the tsunamis are a tragedy) they shift 75% of their focus and resources
to it, and blow off or put every other story as a footnote? Maybe no
one taught them the fine art if multi-tasking? We are bombarded daily
with all forms of mass media - and every single time it seems we
get 1/2 the story, 1/2 the coverage, and 1/2 of the truth... and
extended coverage on things like "michael jackson" and "scott peterson"
which more people probably know about than the situation in Iraq.
last week - Iraq Who?
This is a
blessing in disguise for
the Bush Administration - sad as it tmay be. Take the heat off the mess
in Iraq - once again, out of sight, out of mind. The country saw a
surge of massively important political developments and deadly attacks
that could cripple elections
set for the 30th, and none of them saw fit to cover nearly any of
For instance, on Monday, insurgents tried to assassinate Abdul Aziz
alHakim, a Shi'ite leader who is among the candidates for the election.
(Any idea what that would do to a US election if somone tried to kill a
candidate one month before elections?) The same day, the leading
Arab party withdrew from the race, which is going to push the legitimacy
even farther off track.
The last 4 days of the week, insurgents mounted a campaign of violence
that used shocking new tactics. One was to lure police into booby
trapped or rigged buildings and another was to target an American
bases with squad-sized units and attempt to used simultaneous car
bombs. Now I know the US claim is that these are all tactics of
"desperation" - but look at the toll it's taking all across the
country. Dozens of Iraqis, many of them police, and 4 US servicemen
were killed this week alone. This after the deadliest last few months
in Iraq for the US.
-=> Last half of 2004 deadliest ever for US
troops in Iraq
-=> Car bomb
attack kills 19 Iraqis
-=> Iraq Ushers in 2005 With Deadly Attacks
from insurgents intent on forcing Iraq's January 30 poll into chaos.
-=> Iraq's election officials resign fearing
I flipped on CNN this morning. They did their normal lead in which they
don't give ANY news - just a headline, then they broke away to more
24/7 tsunami coverage.
A friend of mine
asked me "Isn't mass media the one responsible for destroying the war
media still hiding bad news from Americans
Journalism: 'j&r-n&l-"i-z&m - :
characterized by a direct presentation of facts or description of
events without an attempt at interpretation and without opinion.
Journalism is a discipline of collecting, verifying, reporting and
analyzing information gathered regarding current events, including
trends, issues and people. Those who practice journalism are known as
journalists. (not being a mouthpeice for the whitehouse, not being a
mouthpeice for the administration - you're there to hold them up to
As much as the media "hurts" the situation in Iraq, as you say, it
hurts everyone for letting FALSE and untrue statements be played over
and over 1000 times.
"I think the country does understand that we lost 3,000 people on
September 11th and the fact that those people were operating in this
part of the world ... You've seen the evil up close and personal, you
know the danger that this poses. - Rumsfeld
Again, Iraq had no ties to 9/11 - but by allowing the mass media to
this message (that just because they were "in this part of the world")
is worse for people to hear. 1/2 the Story = 1 Complete Lie The US
government concluded itself Iraq had nothing to do with 911 -
yet here you have Rummy invoking it every chance he can.... wrong
It's subliminal stuff like that, that had duped half of america into
beleiving iraq was behind 9/11 when we first invaded.
You wanna get to the root of the problem, - hold those accountable when
they do LIE or give half truths - and tell the Media to ACTUALLY ask
tough questions, and CORRECT any falsehood they MAY LEAVE THE VIEWER
BELEIVING. Tell them to cover more than 2 stories an hour - what with billions in resources, how can they
NOT? They spend more in the blink of an eye than most internet bloggers
and opinion writers get in a year... and this is the substance they
For those of you have never been here : http://www.tvnewslies.org/
I recommend you go now - and read it front to back.
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