Friday, April 21, 2006

A...B...C...Now you know your ABCs (for adults)

Now hear this: ABC News at 9 am on the radio this morning—Second story is about Queen Elizabeth II celebrating her 80th birthday. Third story is a reminder that Tom Cruise will be on ABC’s 20/20 this evening at 10 pm. ABC Radio News at 10 am reports on Vanna White getting her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame because she knows the whole alphabet, at least according to Merv Griffin.

Leading stories on the front page of today’s New York Times: “Bush and Hu Vow New Cooperation” (whoops, my fingers wanted to type “Confrontation”) and “Shiite Drops Bid to Keep His Post as Iraqi Premier.”

Most Americans don’t know who Hu is or what a “Premier” is. Why? Because popular news wants to keep the American peasants happy with news fluff about Queen Elizabeth, Tom Cruise, Vanna White and Merv Griffin.

That way Americans don’t become concerned about serious subjects, such as Iraq, the Iraqi War and our relations with China (Hu is president of China).

And as long as they’re doing it, why shouldn’t ABC News plug one of its own TV shows under the guise of “news?”

It’s a “Win, Win” for ABC News and its parent corporation, Disney.

It’s a “Lose, Lose” for most Americans. The dictionary says that lose, among other definitions, means “to bring to ruin.”

Big corporations and popular news media are bringing us to ruin. --Walter Haan,


Blogger A. Warn said...

I totally agree. The majority of the network news services function more as infotainment services, rather than seeking to provide us with the real news we need. What options are left for getting real news?

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