Thursday, February 24, 2005


If There's Bad News, We'll Find It!

The SAEN continues to ignore the good news out of Afghanistan that I first reported this past Tuesday. Just like with it’s coverage in Iraq, the SAEN only reports the bad news from Afghanistan to its readers. From page 7A of today’s SAEN:
Two Afghan relief workers were found shot to death on the side of a remote southern desert road, officials said Monday.

Health Minister Mohammed Amin Fatemi said robbers or militants could be responsible for killing health workers Mohammed Nader and Mohammed Zaher in Helmand Province.

The SAEN: “Oh, by the way, the Taliban are giving up, but that’s not important right now.”

The Commando: Readers, you people are so lucky to have me; you pay 50 cents for the SAEN and get some of the news, but then you can come here at no cost and get the rest of the news.
Bad news is the only news worth printing. Take a look around sometime. Yes Tsunami aid may have gone against this theory, but for the most part news outlets latch onto the most exciting / dangerous aspect of a story. "If it bleeds it leads. This is the same reason that substantive analysis (as opposed to all the punditry, both right and left) is shuffled to the editorial page, or burried in the newspaper, and then attacked as partisan by the opposing political side. It's a sick system, but the one the mainstream press operates in.
Excellent point anonymous; I think it is sad that the press is that way. I thought of this the other day when I watched the local news cast here in S.A. I think the first four stories were about car crashes, a fire and a shooting.

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