Thursday, January 11, 2007

Beckham - 1; Bush - 0

You have got to be kidding me. Our President stands in from of the nation and declares that he is sending an addition 21,000 of our fellow citizens overseas to fight and die in a war that the vast majority think is wrong, and CNN.com and MSNBC.com both lead with Beckham moving to LA to play soccer.

I think I just threw up in my mouth a little.

I am suddenly stuck in a quandary. Are the major news outlets in this country under-reporting the war and the politics behind it, or are we as American so tired of hearing about the war that they don't feel like they can give it the attention that it deserves? The answer is probably a little bit of both, but either way, it makes me queasy.

Listen, if we as media consumers are more interested in Britney Spears' bare cooter and the living arrangements of a soccer player and his plastic wife, then that is what the news providers will report. But I have to believe that somewhere in the editors' offices and the newsrooms across this country, someone is performing a smell test on what ranks as top-of-the-page headline news.

Whoever they are, I think they need to start sniffing a little harder because their current efforts pretty much stink.

2 comments:

The G-Man said...

And the right will selectively ignore/forget this and continue to insist that the "liberal" media is tripping over itself to report anything about Iraq that puts Dubya in a negative light.

Carolyn said...

Yikes, Mr. g-man! How did a post griping about the media become a launching pad for you to take a swipe at "the right"? Man...you liberals really have a persecution complex. Why can't we all get along???