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backscatter712 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-26-09 02:56 PM
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Could the media's MJ circus doom Iran?
http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2009-06-... /


Mark Sanford isn't the only person relishing the King of Pop's demisenational security experts are warning that his death could distract from Iran's increasing crackdown on democracy.

The jokes popped up almost immediately that Mark Sanford was the luckiest guy on Earth after word broke that Michael Jackson had suffered a heart attack. But the notion that Jackson's death, which preempted virtually all other news coverage on the cable networks last night, is sucking up media attention from other matters carries a dark edge to it as well. National security experts are warning that without sustained attention on Iran, its repressive tactics could grow more deadly in the coming days.

The Jackson story, paired with Farrah Fawcett's death and Sanford's own scandal, without a doubt poses a danger in Iran, according to Michael Rubin, an American Enterprise Institute scholar and former Bush administration official.

In an interview with The Daily Beast, Rubin said the issue was already a hot topic among his colleagues in the Middle East.

To put it this way, the gods are not in favor of hope and change, Rubin said. Unfortunately in Iran people are going to prison, but when a tree falls in the forest and there's no one to hear it, the pressure goes away.


Yeah, that's my gripe - when the media switches to Anna Nicole Smith mode, real news coverage suffers, and in this case, the results may well be loss of life - the coverage of events in Iran can force the Iranian government to tone down the repression, or not, if the media refuses to cover it.

Yes, I feel bad that Michael Jackson died, but the cable news channels should have spent maybe an hour covering it, then relegated it to the entertainment gossip shows like Entertainment Tonight. But noooooo, we're going to have a full blown circus, the public's going to go "Iran who?" and Khamenei's going to take the gloves off now that the rest of the world's distracted.
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ColbertWatcher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-26-09 02:58 PM
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1. No. Reza Aslan said the revolution in the 70's lasted at least a year. n/t
Edited on Fri Jun-26-09 02:58 PM by ColbertWatcher
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TahitiNut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-26-09 03:02 PM
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3. Well, let's see what happens on the 40th day after Neda's murder.
3, 7, and 40 days ... the memorialization intervals.

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ColbertWatcher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-26-09 03:38 PM
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5. True. This thing is just getting started. n/t
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TahitiNut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-26-09 03:01 PM
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2. One clear, undeniable impact: Twitter was thrown off-line by the MJ tweets - Iran/Neda buried.
Twitter is undeniably a "bum's rush" technology for the latest bright-and-shiny thing.
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drm604 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-26-09 03:04 PM
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4. This has been my gripe also.
CNN and MSNBC are all MJ all the time.

Et tu Keith? I got disgusted and turned it off so I don't know if Rachel was also doing it.

Not only does it draw people's attention away from Iran, it also tells the world that our real priorities lie elsewhere.
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Echo In Light Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-26-09 03:47 PM
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7. You got it. Opportunists, to be sure
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napoleon_in_rags Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-26-09 03:45 PM
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6. Folks here need some Jon Stewart wisdom on the matter.
I think this is the video:
http://www.thedailyshow.com/video/index.jhtml?videoId=2...
Go 3:50 in.
What's going on in Iran is really independent from whether or not we are watching it.
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Uzybone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-26-09 03:55 PM
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14. +1
Americentrism affects most of us.
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ColbertWatcher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-26-09 06:00 PM
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17. "Iran is really independent from whether or not we are watching it." QFT. n/t
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Fuzz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-26-09 03:48 PM
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8. I made a post last night saying that the loud noise you just heard
was the protesters in Iran (who were already having trouble getting their stories out) waking up to the news of Jackson's death and simultaneously yelling 'SHIT'.
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damntexdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-26-09 03:49 PM
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9. Oh, next week, the MSM will likely find something else.
Gotta keep distracting the populace from anything real.
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ellacott Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-26-09 03:51 PM
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10. I don't put much credibility in what Rubin says
He's a neocon who used to work for Rumsfeld. He is also an AEI scholar. He doesn't have Iran's best interest at heart.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/trita-parsi/smells-like-d...

People are able to process multiple things. MJ coverage is going to last for only a few days. This is no different than when Lady Di was killed. This really should have been expected.

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Regret My New Name Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-26-09 03:53 PM
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11. I'm annoyed with the coverage of MJ, resulting in less attention on actual news...
Edited on Fri Jun-26-09 03:55 PM by Regret My New Name
What happens in Iran has less to do with us than it does with the Iranians though... If there is something real going on in Iran, then I don't see how our silly American media changing its focus to stupid entertainment shit is going to change anything for them. Really, it's not about us...
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Uzybone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-26-09 03:54 PM
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12. It's not all about America
because the US media isn't covering it does not mean its not happening.
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AntiFascist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-26-09 03:54 PM
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13. K&R...

and no one is more guilty of excluding all other news for the benefit of MJ exploitation than KO. Very disappointing.
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JackRiddler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-26-09 04:07 PM
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15. Only if "Iran" is itself a media circus.
Do you think it is? Do you think the media attention creates the protest movement? Do you think it will fail because the US media didn't do enough for it?

Maybe if the 141st Twitter Brigade finds something else to emote about to make themselves feel special, and stops providing unthinking cover fire for the drive to destabilize and ultimately bomb the people they think they're saving, the factions in Iran can actually work out a peaceful resolution to the immediate crisis and a better path for that country.
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JackRiddler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-26-09 04:09 PM
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16. Oh, and I missed it the first time: Rubin of the American Enterprise Institute!
Did he incubate an "Islamofascist baby-killer" story that isn't getting the attention it deserves?
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rhett o rick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-26-09 06:05 PM
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18. Here's the deal. The corporate media isn't going to help the cause of the oppressed.
Edited on Fri Jun-26-09 06:11 PM by rhett o rick
It isn't even worth discussion. They are never going to. They will use one means or another to change attention from the serious problems of the world. So get over it! Either find another way to fight the bastards or give up, but don't keep yammering about the media.

On edit, I apologize for the tone. I am frustrated and want to get to it. Whatever that means. Continuing to berate the press makes it seems as if someone thinks there is a chance to change the bastards. Well we can't. Time to get a strategy on how to make CorpAmerica pay attention to us.
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Mind_your_head Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-26-09 06:14 PM
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19. Well, that is why the "media" has changed. NO ONE has any respect
anymore for getting the truth from papers and magazines. The truth IS, that it is NOT b/c papers and magazines are slower than online resources (which is correct), but rather that magazines and newspapers are OWNED by 'certain entities' that want to push their agendas forward....and the public IS (mostly) aware of that, hence they reject it!

People want (and deserve) the TRUTH! People, despite all of our faults, are "PRETTY D*MN SMART" and can figure out what is 'good' or not.

Newspapers & magazines usually don't offer the truth, just a 'direction' in which one is SUPPOSED to think/believe.

And a LOT of people are sick-n-tired of being "led by the nose" to a very very 'bad place'.
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hunter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-26-09 06:23 PM
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20. Pfffft. Nobody cares what we think.
The U.S. is the demented 800 pound neighbor sitting on his front porch with a shotgun.

He's screaming about Michael Jackson now? So what? Tommorrow it will be North Korea. Try not to piss him off and feed him cheeseburgers. Maybe he won't shoot your ass.
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