....LMB: "CNN Must Be Destroyed"....

March 13, 2003

Grrrrr.....

Check this story from CNN:

Selling an Iraq-al Qaeda connection: Some critics blame TV news for making Baghdad new enemy

Man, do I hate this bullshit. Happens on an irregular basis, the press does something colosally bad (usually in post-media circus situations like O.J.), and then as a tiny foil, they'll run a story something like "Does the media go too far?"

"The media"? You're the media! Say "we", asshole! Is it that hard? "Did we, the media, including myself standing right here before you, go too far?"

Some critics blame "TV news" for making the American people think Saddam and Osama are pals, eh? YOU! WE BLAME YOU, CNN!!!

Dammit, now I'm using exclamation points again. I hate those things.

The article is pitiful. The article basically admits that there is no connection between Iraq and Al Qaeda. But this fact that is rarely mentioned doesn't get its own article, it gets relegated to a meta-topic in an article about media performance.

New York Times columnist Paul Krugman said he thinks the TV networks' news coverage has helped sell the Saddam-al Qaeda connection. "Suddenly, it was Osama, Osama, Osama ... Saddam, Saddam, Saddam ... and the networks -- the broadcast media -- simply picked that up [and] transferred our feelings of alarm and anger from one villain to another..."

Some critics blame the cable news networks for helping make Iraq the new enemy. "They use essentially the kind of logos, martial music, and so on that we saw after Gulf War One had started," Krugman said. "So, from the point of view of the American public, Iraq is already the enemy; we're already at war."

Obviously, Krugman's got a point. The media have helped pave the way for this war, making it easier to swallow, helping divert our anger, and making the invasion seem inevitable. And they don't own up to it, they don't admit that the criticism is aimed at them, they don't try to defend their actions, and they sure as hell don't try to take responsibility for them.

Blind eye-turning motherfuckers.

Posted by Jake at 09:47 PM
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Sometimes quite is so good. My aunt watches news, mainly CNN all day long! Needless to say her whole view on the world is from CNN, whatever they say is the truth, and the whole truth. I wonder how many millions otheres there are like that.

Posted by: Blaine at March 13, 2003 10:04 PM

CNN like bbc news seem pretty good when you watch them exclusively (and you must admit, coverage of world news is excelent). Read/watch any independant news and you'll soon change your mind though.

Posted by: Richard at March 14, 2003 05:34 AM

OF COURSE there's a link between Osama and Saddam:

1. In 1983, Saddam Hussein met with then U.S. Envoy Donald Rumsfeld, working on behalf of the Ronald Reagan-George Bush Sr. administration.

2. George Bush Sr. was formerly the head of the CIA, the organization which armed Osama bin Laden and provided training to his followers in the 80's.

So the link is, err, umm... nevermind. :)

reminds me of that Boondocks cartoon from a couple years back, soon after the WTC/Pent attacks, when they call the terrorist tipline and mention that they remember some guy named "Reagan" may contributed to the terrorists. dammit, can't find that particular strip anymore. it was classic.

Posted by: eric at March 14, 2003 01:32 PM

Go ahead. Exclamation point away. I read your posts, I agree with your frustration, the text makes me smile, and I feel the tension in the back of my neck ease. No small feat, nowadays. Thanks.

Posted by: Catherine at March 18, 2003 01:21 AM

CNN is a joke- they only think of themselves.

they think that the point of news is to humiliate the enemy that we are tying to save

wtch ITN- true mastership

peace

Posted by: nick elias at April 22, 2003 04:17 AM
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