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Two interesting bits of information:

1) I probably haven’t watched the ABC Evening News in three or four years.

2) I started this blog, oddly enough, because of my frustration about the obsessive news coverage about Natalee Holloway.

Why do those two things come together today? This afternoon, while I was working on the computer, the ABC News came on, and what was their lead story? Natalee Freaking Holloway. A good four minutes of tabloid coverage to open the newscast, followed by thirty seconds on the war in Iraq. Fortunately, they got away from the scary news, and moved back to the important stuff, with another four minute story about the Duke rape scandal. And thank God, we moved to the HUUUUUUUGE issue of controversy over gay couples attending the Easter Egg Roll at the White House.
What else happened today that might be more important than the Holloway case?

Now, the obvious answer to my criticism is that all of those stories I provided were presented by the media, and I can’t answer that. However, the issue is the priority that news is given–when scandals, tabloid coverage and fluff trump coverage of hard news, how can we blame the public for not being informed?

On the bright side, at least I was promised the latest on Natalee tomorrow night.

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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba is a seventeen-year teacher of English, former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.

His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.

In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it's a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.

6 Comments

  • Let’s see some important news stories that probably didn’t get reported in the corporate media:

    Danube inundates Balkan area
    International Herald Tribune – 56 minutes ago

    Update 4: Nepal Capital Short on Food and Fuel
    Forbes – 3 hours ago

    China President Calls for New Taiwan Talks
    ABC News – 4 hours ago

    Here’s one that is as important, surely, at Natalee Holloway:

    Proposed Nigerian Law Would Criminalize Gay Rights Groups, Screenings of Brokeback Mountain

    “…the Bill provides in its article 7(3) five years imprisonment for “any person involved in the registration of gay clubs, societies and organisations, sustenance, procession or meetings, publicity and public show of same sex amorous relationship directly or indirectly in public and in private.”

    These things are at least as important if not more so than Natalee Holloway.

  • The irony here is that the media does some great reporting. What in the hell would I know about Nepal, without them? I just don’t understand why the coverage prioritizes the least common denominator. Are we that helpless?

  • the sad thing is I believe the media wants to cover more important things, but the public demands them to focus on the more scandalous items. for example just look at how poor ratings are for presidential debates, or congressional hearings.

    its just so sad

  • *This is the right blog for anyone who wants to find out about this topic. You realize so much its almost hard to argue with you (not that I actually would want…HaHa). You definitely put a new spin on a topic thats been written about for years. Great stuff, just great!

  • *When I originally commented I clicked the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and now each time a comment is added I get four emails with the same comment. Is there any way you can remove me from that service? Thanks!

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