All the News That Fits?
I normally don't reference the Philadelphia Inkwaster (not to be confused with the Philly Fishwrapper), but an editorial yesterday on the Scott Peterson trial and 24-hour news coverage got me thinking,...
This morning, as I was watching CNN, I saw a news blurb in the crawl about a man from Oregon who killed HIS pregnant wife, AND his three children. He received a life sentence for the crimes. Now, I don't know much about this case and any readers, please feel free to update me via the comments.
I was just wondering, what made this case (pardon the phrase) so boring, while the Scott Peterson trial was parsed and debated and commented upon ad nauseum for nearly two years?
So to dovetail this into the editorial, the Inkwaster staff posed this scenario:
In the time of the Peterson trial, genocide has been committed in the Sudan, the AIDS epidemic is spreading, phony elections are propping up third-world governments,...and the list went on.
Makes you wonder,...why aren't the 24-hr news channels like CNN and MSNBC devoting the kind of time, talent and energy to these stories that they do to run-of-the-mill crimes?
Could it be that, if they dig enough, the ultimate answer will be that such coverage will expose the UN for the inept, incompetent, and impotent body that it is?
And these were the people that were to administer Kerry's "global test?"
As a old friend of mine says (very often),.."Its all bread and circuses!"