Monday, January 17, 2005

OK, Enough is Enough
Can we all finally admit that reporters are out of touch with reality? Even if we can't agree on what direction their aloof existence takes them on the political meter (i.e. left or right), we can certainly agree on that basic premise. So why does this come up?

I was reading an article on CNN.com about the kidnapping of a Catholic archbishop near Mosul. That had me upset, and I planned to make some comments on it, until I came across something so absurd that I couldnt' let it go. The following sentence makes me want to laugh, cry, and scream at the same time: "Reuters reported that the Vatican called the kidnapping 'an act of terrorism.'"

Whoever wrote this CNN article thought that this sentence was newsworthy, as did Reuters. Of COURSE the Vatican is calling the kidnapping "an act of terrorism." Why? Because it is an act of terrorism. But the fact that the Vatican's definition of it as such is newsworthy proves that these two media organs are so disconnected from the public that they can't call a spade a spade. They don't see it as terrorism, they see it as what someone else is referring to as terrorism. That's a big and important difference that represents the most basic reason that the MSM is in trouble.

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