Guest blogged by Winter Patriot
The following comparison is anecdotal and it's circumstantial evidence at best, but look at what these three major North American news providers are feeding my hotmail news page (as of noon PT Sunday):
from CBC the #1 story is: U.S. must be prepared for what's coming - thousands dead from Katrina and the #2 story is "Rehnquist is dead".
from CTV the main headline reads: New Orleans death toll reaches the 'thousands'; and the second story is "Alberta sends more oil to US", with the "Rehnquist dead" story 3rd
but from MSNBC the lead story is about the upcoming trial of Saddam Hussein!!! Guess what? They've set a date!! No kidding! October 19th!!! Can you believe it??? That is SO INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT!! especially now, of course, since there's nothing of greater significance going on! Or is there?
Or is there?? Look! What have we here? The second story is a gripper: "French Blaze Kills 14" Wow! All of a sudden we care about France! We care so much about France --- home of our timeless allies the cheese-eating surrender monkeys, after whom we so graciously named our favorite fastfood junkbomb, whose ancestors gave our ancestors the Statue of Liberty ... yeah, those French people ... the very same French people whom we have been always taught to love and respect ... suffered fourteen deaths in a fire. How awful! How tragic! How utterly earth-shattering! Mind-bending important stuff, for sure, and right up there with the trial of Saddam Hussein.
Third on the list, the minor little tragedy still unfolding in the USA.
Who said "spin-meister"?
Who said "damage-control"?
Who said "Location, location, location"?
Here's the 3rd ranked story from MSNBC: Storm exposed disarray at the top
Who controls the selection of stories?
And who controls their placement?
Is this a deliberate dereliction of editorial duty??
Or is it just more of the same, more of the same, more of the same??
Who said "Media Whores"??
Who said "The Horror! The Horror!!"??
Who said "God bless us, every one"??