Monday, April 05, 2010

Bravo Huffington Post, shame to CNN

CNN, FOX and others ignore Wikileaks story

Yes, it is an embarrassing story for the US image abroad but I really thought that CNN, FOX and others would swallow their hubris a bit.

Five hours after Wikileaks, a whistle blowing website run by The Sunshine Press, released "a classified US military video depicting the indiscriminate slaying of over a dozen people in the Iraqi suburb of New Baghdad -- including two Reuters news staff", most US news corporations have not reported the story.

Most have gone for the Tiger Woods sexational story instead, which is truly depressing.

One would have thought that mind-numbing editorial decisions which have squandered the opportunity to substantially report on stories beyond the village mentality had been a thing of the past.

Not really it seems. I am truly saddened.

According to Wikileaks: The video, shot from an Apache helicopter gun-site, clearly shows the unprovoked slaying of a wounded Reuters employee and his rescuers. Two young children involved in the rescue were also seriously wounded. For further information please visit the special project website"

So, Wikileaks, which is audience-funded launches an entire website to this and CNN, FOX, and MSNBC don't even carry the story in their World sections.

Thankfully, Al Jazeera's English and Arabic websites carried it. As did the BBC and Huffington Post (See my earlier post).

Let's see how much longer the US media machine can hide the story from the viewer.

Wikileaks 10: Pentagon 0

You can't hide the truth. Despite the fact that most media has fallen prey to Journocrapitalism, there is no hiding the truth from determined persons.

The Pentagon tried to lie its way out of the murder of innocents on July 12, 2007. They failed.

There is nothing more to add to what is written here:

Wikileaks versus the Pentagon

Wikileaks exposes video

Sunday, April 04, 2010

CNN chooses flair and fluff over fact

Today by pure chance I fell upon Fareed Zakaria's GPS show, an interview with Shahrukh Khan, also known as King Khan, India's top-grossing actor.

He was asked about his film "My Name is Khan" about a Muslim man married to a Hindu woman living in post-9/11 America.

Interesting. I am intrigued enough to watch the film. Khan was rather eloquent.

But I was quickly reminded why I cannot stand the smug, biased coverage that is CNN.

Tours of the Tyrant, was the network's promotion of a special segment about pictures released of Kim Jong-il.

Zakaria called the North Korean leader a rapacious tyrant.
Then he beamed a smile to the viewers.


What does Zakaria's description benefit the viewer? There were no facts offered, no story - the whole thing was designed to belittle and ridicule a leader that has become fair target for US and most Western media.

But I am grateful that I had the opportunity to see this. As usual CNN does not disappoint in choosing flair and fluff over fact.

Friday, April 02, 2010

Headlines, Headlines, Headlines .... (while shaking my head)

Well, it has been a while since I have written but I return today with this little gem.

Look at the headline to the far right from the sports story on Lindsey Vonn in the screen capture of the Huffington Post on April 2, 2010..
Reads "Lindsey Vonn Hand Shake Goes Horribly Wrong".
I grimaced when I first read it. OMG, maybe she fell down and twisted her wrist or arm or shoulder came out of her socket.
Or the footballer kicked her instead of the ball, or she fainted or she tripped and ...

A range of scenarios came to mind conjured up by the phrase "Horribly Wrong".

Except it was nothing that dire. The story was that the man she shook hands with had moments earlier picked his nose.

Sensationalizing a headline? You be the judge. Here is the story.

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