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?
- 47 people killed in a major battle in Southern Afghanistan
- Efforts to form a government in Iraq suffered a setback–again–as 4 marines were killed there
- Former Iranian President Rafsanjani criticized US military plans in Iran
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.