Thursday, May 25, 2006
Searching for the next American Idol...I mean, journalist
I have been scanning the major websites of the corporate media trying to find any coverage on H.R. 4681. Hoping that there was some mention of it. Hoping that the problems I write about on my blog regarding the corporate media might show that I was incorrect for constantly badgering the spit and polish, Gucci wearing, Maybellene sponsored, celebrity name dropping, newsreaders of the corporate world.
Sadly, they have not been debunked.
So on Wednesday morning I turned on my television to see if Good Morning America’s (GMA) morning show might present some coverage on the bill, still nothing.
The only coverage given to H.R. 4681 or the Palestine/Israel conflict, was the first official visit by Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to Washington D.C.
In fact, the finals of the hit television show “American Idol” received more coverage than Olmert’s segment. I sat watching the three hosts debating the merits of one singer over the other. Not surprising, but I digress.
As is the case with Sharon before him, Bush praised Olmert for handling himself with dignity and grace.
With the way Bush hands out compliments to this man, you’d think that Olmert was standing before Paula Abdul, one of the judges for American Idol, receiving kudos for a strong singing performance.
But even after the snippet on Olmert and, of course, debating the next singing sensation, I still held out hope that H.R. 4681 might get even a ten second window of a mention. I mean after all, these are serious journalists here!
Not a chance.
In fact, as more Palestinians were dying from Israeli gunfire, Robin Roberts, Diane Sawyer, and Charles Gibson, the three hosts of GMA, talked about Gibson’s new assignment as anchor for ABC World News Tonight.
Robin and Diane assured the audience that Charles would bring the same integrity and journalistic professionalism to his new post as he had with GMA.
Congratulations Charles, or as we say in Arabic, Mabruuk.
I’m sure you’ll have much to talk about when you report that Bush has basically given, albeit muted, backing for Olmert’s plan to draw Israel’s final borders without including the Palestinians, and all the hell that it’s gong to cause. But you know that’s for another time.
Anyway, congratulations again, I’m sure you’ll do just fine reading…I mean, reporting the news on the World News Tonight broadcast.
Oh Chuck, by the way, you will let me know who the next American Idol is won’t you? I mean, as we all know that’s the real news we all need to know about right?