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News [Mar. 13th, 2011|10:00 am]
Tony Grist
As soon as Egypt exploded the TV news stopped bothering with Tunisia and as soon as Libya exploded the TV news stopped bothering with Egypt. 

The pictures coming out of Libya are still dramatic enough to hold the attention of the broadcasters, but only just- and they've been pushed way down the agenda by the troubles in Japan. 

This isn't journalism, it's tornado chasing. 
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[User Picture]From: steepholm
2011-03-13 10:02 am (UTC)
Yes - I'm afraid on the day of the tsunami it went through my head that Col. Gaddafi would be think what an excellent day it would be to bury bad news (or citizens).
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2011-03-13 11:40 am (UTC)
It certainly takes the heat off him- as far as world opinion is concerned.

We've stopped worrying about Arab liberties and are worrying about the future of the nuclear industry instead.
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2011-03-13 10:07 am (UTC)
That's a very good definition (tornado chasing).
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2011-03-13 11:38 am (UTC)
I considered ambulance chasing as an alternative :)
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[User Picture]From: haikujaguar
2011-03-13 01:13 pm (UTC)
You'd think 24-hour news reporting would allow sufficient time to keep an eye on all the major disasters/news going on. :,
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2011-03-13 01:39 pm (UTC)
But it doesn't. A big story comes along and that's all the channels have time for- even when developments are so sparse they're reduced to repeating themselves every few minutes
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[User Picture]From: daisytells
2011-03-13 02:34 pm (UTC)
"tornado chasing" -- I like that image. Proper reporting would not let one story die altogether simply because another big story comes along. The question remains: How do we get up to date reporting on continuing stories?
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2011-03-13 08:37 pm (UTC)
Sadly, proper reporting is a minority interest- and doesn't pay.
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[User Picture]From: calizen
2011-03-13 03:24 pm (UTC)
Don't forget the poor folks in Christ Church, NZ.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2011-03-13 08:38 pm (UTC)
Yes- they're old news now...
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[User Picture]From: lblanchard
2011-03-13 04:35 pm (UTC)
At some point, crisis fatigue is going to set in, and we're all going to shrug and return to cultivating our own vegetable marrows.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2011-03-13 09:01 pm (UTC)
For some reason "people put things back together again after crisis" isn't newsworthy. I'd really like to know how Egypt is shaping up after its revolution, but I'm not finding much in even the serious-minded newspapers.
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[User Picture]From: ron_broxted
2011-03-13 05:24 pm (UTC)
Glad you mentioned this. Two points. First (minor) the war in Libya got bogged down and it isn't "news" to say "The front line at Sidi Biriyani did not move today". Second, far more importantly...the west is allowing the Libyan resistance to hang out to dry. Has any chinless wonder in Whitehall (or US equivalent) sussed out that IF/WHEN they win the west will be OUT?
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2011-03-13 09:03 pm (UTC)
But will it? Gaddafi's successors will still have oil to sell.
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[User Picture]From: internet_sampo
2011-03-13 09:26 pm (UTC)
Yes, this is the normal state of affairs.

Here in the US we are seeing the beginnings of the biggest change in the economic system in 60 years in Wisconsin, Indiana and Ohio and the news is wall to wall Charlie Sheen.

panem et circenses
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2011-03-14 08:38 am (UTC)
A properly informed population is dangerous to those in power.
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[User Picture]From: baritonejeff
2011-03-14 02:19 am (UTC)
Aptly put, and I agree completely.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2011-03-14 08:39 am (UTC)
Thanks.
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[User Picture]From: michaleen
2011-03-14 10:19 am (UTC)
I have been watching al-Jazeera English and find their coverage surprisingly well balanced. I would actually get annoyed when they pulled away from quake coverage to report the latest outrage from Libya -- or Cote D'Ivoire, I bet the BBC hasn't been showing people being burnt alive, there, by pro-presidential forces, have they?

The BBC has Rupert Murdoch breathing down their neck and have suffered budget cuts accordingly. It is not surprising that they are going the way of American media and for much the same reasons.
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