Da Scent

This is my first real attempt at an on-line journal. It'll be parts political, parts personal, parts other. I'll try to keep it interesting, whatever I write. Feedback is appreciated...

UPDATE: Ok, I've taken a step to avoid spammers. So anyone can post comments again, you'll just have to do a word verification first. No big deal, just a minor pain in the ass, courtesy of the fucktards.

Location: Pasadena, Maryland

Aspiring novelist (hey, write, call or e-mail if you can hook me up with a literary agent...no hurries though, I've only just started).

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

The O.J. Legacy

My list of complaints about the mainstream media runs longer than my arm. But right near the top is a phenomenon I like to call the O.J. effect. Yes, after that O.J. The O.J. effect is the complete abandonment on the part of all national and cable news networks of any other story than the one deemed the story of the week, or the month, or for however long the story lasts. Last week, it was Terry Schiavo. This week it's the death of the Pope. CNN.com, MSNBC.com, Foxnews.com, all of them are absolutely dominated by a story that happened 3 days ago. Watch the cable networks, and it's the same thing. More on the Pope, more on the Pope...

Ignore the rest of the news.

That's why you have to love blogs. They don't ignore the news. Like this little story you may have missed...

This is Republican Senator John Cronyn (thanks DK):

I don't know if there is a cause-and-effect connection but we have seen some recent episodes of courthouse violence in this country. Certainly nothing new, but we seem to have run through a spate of courthouse violence recently that's been on the news and I wonder whether there may be some connection between the perception in some quarters on some occasions where judges are making political decisions yet are unaccountable to the public, that it builds up and builds up and builds up to the point where some people engage in - engage in violence.

Wow. A Senator threatening judges. Unbelieveable. Yet, nary a word of it from FOX "news". Nothing on CNN. No sign of a story on MSNBC. Just goes to show you how blind the networks are when there's a "big story". Like, if they focused their attention on something else, they'd lose millions of viewers craving more Pope coverage.

Here's something else I found interesting, again courtesy of DK...

It seems Bush's approval rating is down. Way down. As in, 45%. The main stream media will definately ignore this one...not only would it cut into their "Pope only" coverage, but it would also fly in the face of conventional wisdom - that Bush is a popular President with a mandate to do whatever he wants. And we all know how the networks love their conventional wisdom. After all, it makes reporting so much easier when you don't actually have to do any analysis.

Ok, I'm done for now. I'll be back this evening. P&L...


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