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).
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.
That's a very good definition (tornado chasing).
I considered ambulance chasing as an alternative :)
You'd think 24-hour news reporting would allow sufficient time to keep an eye on all the major disasters/news going on. :,
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
"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?
Sadly, proper reporting is a minority interest- and doesn't pay.
Don't forget the poor folks in Christ Church, NZ.
Yes- they're old news now...
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.
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.
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?
But will it? Gaddafi's successors will still have oil to sell.
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
A properly informed population is dangerous to those in power.
Aptly put, and I agree completely.
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.