The degradation of our public discourse continues as the national 'press corpse' struggles to elevate the absurdly trivial to a matter of national im
May 6, 2005
The degradation of our public discourse continues as the national 'press corpse' struggles to elevate the absurdly trivial to a matter of national import...

Of course, in spending hours of air time speculating about Runaway Brides and other asinine minutia, they're not talking about anything that actually matters. Like Bush's Mission Accomplished.

Bring ‘em on: Seven Iraqi policemen killed, 15 wounded by car bomb in Tikrit.

Bring ‘em on: Thirteen Iraqis killed, 15 wounded by bomber at Iraqi recruiting center in Baghdad.

Bring ‘em on: Four Iraqi commandos killed, five wounded by car bomb in Mosul.

Bring ‘em on: Ten Iraqi policemen killed in two Baghdad ambushes.

Bring ‘em on: One US soldier and six Iraqis killed by car bomb at Baghdad’s Green Zone.

Bring ‘em on: Turkish truck driver killed in ambush near Baghdad.

Bring ‘em on: Oil pipeline ablaze near Balad.

Bring ‘em on: Insurgents execute fourteen Iraqis in Baghdad.

Bring ‘em on: Mortar attack on joint US/Iraqi checkpoint near Fallujah.

250 Iraqis killed in the last week.

All this, and yet we haven't seen any questions raised about the disaster that is the Bush administration Iraq policy. No, our so-called "news' outlets would rather explore every single explanation for why the Runaway Bride ran away. We've seen absolutely nothing on what is perhaps the most damning piece of evidence that we were misled into war--the so called smoking memo--detailing how our intelligence was shaped to fit the Bush administration's predetermined policy. You would think that such a revelation, in conjunction with rising death tolls and news of widespread fraud, would enrage people. But it doesn't because it's not covered. And that's the real problem with cable news: our blissfully ignorant populace believe they are being informed. There's a price attached to such slavish devotion to mindless infotainment. In the wake of 9/11, Bob Somerby explained:

WHILE CABLE SLEPT! This summer, your "press corps" took a pass on Osama. They pondered Gary Condit instead: Our current howler: (9/15/01) When the airwaves are devoted to Nonsense and Trivia, eventually something blows up.

by Mike from "Mike's Blog Round Up"

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