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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-14-12 11:37 AM
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3. Yes, but it also fails in its responsibility to direct our attention to certain things.
For example, I remember how stunned I was about how little I heard about the counts of the wounded and dead in the earlier days of the Iraq War--after capture of Saddam--and the Afghanistan War. And then, the Friday of Memorial Day weekend arrived and I thought to myself, well, today, at least, they will focus on the troops and the wars.

So, I turned on the start of the Today Show and Matt Lauer was shouting above the whirring of a heliocopter. Turns out he was above some U.S. highway, giving a first person traffic report for holiday weekend travelers! While we had troops fighting two (that we knew of) wars!

And yes, at some point during the show, they had tapes of a few members of the military sending optimistic greetings to their families back home. And that was it.

So, did they feed into my short attention span with their almost non-existent war reporting, or did they simply fail--I would say deliberately-- in their own responsibility as journalists?

Heck, hardly anyone even claims to be a journalist anymore. Everyone's a commentator.

I wish we had a footnote to the First Amendment to cover today's crap media.
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