May 12, 2005
Why Oh Why Can't We Have a Better Press Corps? (American Press Corps Doesn't Cover Iraq Department)
David Sirota is now Grand Heresiarch of the Ancient and Hermetic Order of the Shrill:
Sirotablog: ABC News: We're Not Interested in Covering the Iraq War: Why do Americans think journalism is a complete and total joke? Maybe because news organizations treat the most serious, somber news as a a complete and total joke. Just look at this from ABC News's 'The Note' today:
'Brides gotta run, planes gotta stray, and cable news networks gotta find a way to fill a lot of programming hours as cheaply as possible.... We say with all the genuine apolitical and non-partisan human concern that we can muster that the death and carnage in Iraq is truly staggering. And/but we are sort of resigned to the Notion that it simply isn't going to break through to American news organizations, or, for the most part, Americans.... What is hands down the biggest story every day in the world will get almost no coverage.'
Let me reiterate how unbelievable this actually is: A MAJOR AMERICAN MEDIA OUTLET HAS NOW DECLARED THAT THEY SIMPLY ARE NOT INTERESTED IN LETTING THE CARNAGE IN IRAQ 'BREAK THROUGH' IN THEIR NEWS COVERAGE - AS IF IT IS SIMPLY NOT NEWSWORTHY. You can just imagine the pathetic newsroom attitude: we don't cover cats getting stuck in trees, we don't birthday parties at the local McDonalds, and we don't cover America's multi-billion dollar war in the Mideast. Sorry America, the insulated, out-of-touch, Washington media is simply uninterested in providing any real coverage about the war. Because remember, the media has to be 'very deferential' because 'no one want[s] to get into an argument with the president at this very serious time.' Truly nauseating.
Posted by DeLong at May 12, 2005 01:38 PM