Sunday, June 14, 2009

Wherefore the news channels?

An ever-more-apparently stolen election in Iran, massive public demonstrations, paramilitary violence against protesters, political opposition members in jail. This is the biggest international news development of the year. Where do I go to find news about it? Broadcast networks? They've had all the usual sports, etc. all day. MSNBC? They don't do news anymore, just Democratic apparatchik vs. Republican apparatchik for three-minute throwdowns all day on weekdays, followed hibernation on the weekend. CNN? Little bits of news on Iran widely scattered during the live news programming (which is only part time on Sunday), and most of the coverage is the anchor reading internet posts from the CNN website, by American viewers making comments or asking questions. If I want internet, I can go directly to the source where people who actually know something about Iran and/or are communicating with people IN Iran. In desperation I even checked Faux News, but they were doing their regular opinion shtick.

In 1989, when the Tiananmen demonstrations occurred and the Berlin Wall came down, the revolution was indeed televised. I guess we'll just have to wait for the hurricane season to ramp up before we see any significant deployment of reporters in the field in 2009.

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1 comment:

Elrond Hubbard said...

Nate Silver at fivethirtyeight.com did a good post about the "evidence" of fraud cited by many not actually being evidence of fraud. But Juan Cole, whom you noted, gave much better evidence today of fraud. That election is very disturbing. How can a nation elect such an antagonistic blowhard twice?