Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Developing stories

Why do all 'new developments in Iraq' involve bombings or assassinations? Pretty much every morning or at least every second morning, that is the line used to 'update' people on the Iraq situation, by NBC at least.

For some reason you never hear good news after the phrase 'new developments in Iraq'. Like, "yesterday in Iraq the town of Jimbodad celebrated the opening their first ever public school" or "Jimbodad's power has been restored for the first time in 12 years.". No, those types of stories are relegated to the blogs keeping track of actual developments in the region whereas news agencies only seem to care about the violence. I guess it's the whole, "if it bleeds, it leads" attitude of journalism.

The best part, after bombarding viewers with every negative story they can find, and generally not even making the symbolic attempt to be balanced by even throwing in an occasional feel good story, they then poll their viewers and act surprised that the overwhelming negative replies.

Whatever happened to the supposed, impartial media?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, there is that good news about depleted uranium blowing over great britain. How come we aren't hearing more about that?

March 08, 2006 12:37 p.m.  

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