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March 21, 2003

So how much time do you think the media is going to spend asking "when will the military start the 'shock and awe'?" and "is Saddam Hussein really dead?" instead of, y'know, reporting on the war?

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misdirection indeed - it seems that any questions the (mainstream) media had about whether the US was justified in attacking Iraq have been erased by their absolutely childlike (or is it childish?) glee over the fact that they can follow along and see live pictures from a reporter in a humvee...they say "we couldn't do that in Desert Storm!" ...yeah, that's real progress.

Posted by: ishmael at March 21, 2003 09:19 AM

Hey, give them a break! They have 24 hours to fill and, even with a war on, there isn't always that much "news" to report.

Remember the old saying about war being days of tedium interrupted by the occaisional hour of sheer terror? Well, TV journalism during crisis is basically the same. Not much to report beyond a few basic facts and several hours to fill with pointless repetition and inane analysis.

Posted by: Chris Andersen at March 21, 2003 09:49 AM

I'm still waiting for an errant missle to hit the FOX NEWS crew. Now there's collateral damage I can live with...

Posted by: Eric at March 21, 2003 10:07 AM

Just wait for PRI's MARKETPLACE this evening. They'll probably be praising the Iraquis for their suffering leading to "rising confidence on Wall Street."

Posted by: Shawn at March 21, 2003 02:56 PM

As one who respects life, I'd feel better if Faux News crews were not mortally wounded. There are funnier things than wishing death upon people you may disagree with.

Posted by: Dan Isaacs at March 21, 2003 03:51 PM

I havent read all those playlists, but i think its safe to say that these three songs would be the most appropriate in this situation: Anti-flag - Anatomy of the Enemy, Subhumans - Not Me, and Black Sabbath - War Pigs.

Posted by: Zach at March 21, 2003 06:48 PM

It's called a joke, Mr. Issacs. And if Ann Coulter can "joke" about executing those who disagree with her, why can't I...Okay, I confess, I wish the FOX News crew would die.

Posted by: Eric at March 21, 2003 09:04 PM

Yes, Errc, I understood that it was a joke. Or at least resembled one, lacking only the element of humor. But even in jest, wishing death upon someone is best left to 12 year olds who've just been grounded and "pro-life" talking heads. Surely you must be able to find a better role model than Ann Coulter. At the very least, a funnier one.

Posted by: Dan Isaacs at March 22, 2003 06:06 AM

Ann Coulter, my role model. Now, that is funny...

Now, this 12-year old will pout after being grounded by Dan Issacs. I regret nothing!

Posted by: Eric at March 22, 2003 02:01 PM

Report from USAF (forward command centre) Fairford, Gloucestershire, UK. Home of B2 and B52 bombers.
This was my first protest march, hey i'm way to lazy to do my own site so, quick report... had my vehicle license plate photographed twice before entering the carpark, then I had to walk past 6 CCTV survielence vans, then I was video taped (from no more than 10 feet away) by police and riot police another 5 or 6 times during the 1 mile march. Big Brother anyone? of course the police full body-armour, balaclavas, dogs, horses and helecopters weren't that much more subtle. OK I recognize the need for police at an event like this but why so intimidating? well it was basically an anti Bush/ Blair march so maybe I was being a little nieve, but thats OK because its been replaced a good helping of "state" paranoia now.
The local radio station on the way there said the turn out was very disappointing so the 3 to 5 thousand protesters and 5 to 7 hundred police surprised me (hey, it's a small/ quaint country, I was impressed). What was strange was the lack of news coverage of the event, which is why I felt the need to post all this poorly prepared drivel after driving for 8 hours today (hey, it's a small/ quaint country, I almost drove into the sea).
The really funny thing is, that if i was reading this letter on this site, I would think it was just some sort of stoner conspiracy "black helecopter" crap. If synical, retired bosses like me are getting "radicalized" enough to be on sites like this, what do you think is happening in Islamic countries (I lived in Malaysia for a short time, so I have some idea, and it isn't good). Is all this really over "oil-dollars" and a vague "new world order" idea? Is money really worth that much to people who have so much of it already?

Posted by: Diom at March 22, 2003 03:13 PM

gotta love the media and its lovely talent of distraction.


(oozing sarcasm)

Posted by: Spookycourt at March 22, 2003 07:05 PM
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The shocking truth about the FCC: Censorship by the tyranny of the few- blogger Jeff Jarvis discovers that the recent $1.2 million FCC fine against a sex scene in Fox's "Married By America" TV show was not levied because hundreds of people wrote the FCC and complained. It was not because 159 people wrote in and complained (which is the FCC's current rationale). No, thanks to Jarvis' FOIA request, we find that only 23 people (of the show's several million viewers) wrote in and complained. On top of that, he finds that 21 of those letters were just copy-and-paste email jobs that some people attached their names to. Jarvis then spins this a bit by saying that "only 3" people actually wrote letters to the FCC, which is misleading but technically true. So somewhere between 3 and 23 angry people can determine what you can't see on television. Good to know.

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