Posted by: pberry | July 29, 2009

Three stories that the media get wrong

One story still not getting enough coverage is the election fall out in Iran. CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News all have one or two Iran stories on their websites (as of this writing). None are features and only MSNBC had anything on the top part of the page that’s visible without scrolling. CNN placed it well below stories titled, “Falafels around the world” and “Swimmer rips suit, reveals tush” while Fox News placed it beneath stories about Hulk Hogan’s divorce proceedings and a slide show of characters from ‘Full House’ “Then and Now.”

Any of you who watch Stewert and Colbert regularly can correct me, but I have a feeling they aren’t talking about it either. Their agenda is to make fun of Cable News and thus Cable News gets to set the agenda. NPR doesn’t have a story on their home page either. Meanwhile, trials are going to begin this weekend for protesters. Not that you could find this out from any of the ‘major’ news sources.

One out of control story-to-be is stemming out of an already out of control story. Tuesday on Larry King, Colin Powell said that Henry Louis Gates Jr. could have been more patient with the police officers. This will likely be pitted against Obama’s statement that the police acted stupidly. Most will ignore Powell’s statement that the police should have had ‘adult supervision’ when arresting Gates. Powell will be painted as going against the president when in reality both of them are saying what we all already know: No one in this case handled it as well as they could have. I admire Powell’s ability to speak critisim and praise to both sides of the isle. I still think he would have made a good president.

Meanwhile, while we’re getting minute-by-minute updates of “Beer Summit”, children will be starving to death at a rate of one every five seconds. That’s 16,000 a day. Make a donation to Feed My Starving Children. A gift of $62 can feed a child for an entire year with food designed specifically for malnourished children. Save a life.

Finally, one out of control story that shouldn’t have surprised anyone. There’s this great scene in the forth season of Scrubs when J.D. (Zach Braff) is written a perscription to have sex with a girl. It’s late in the night and she leaves early in the morning, never to return. With no means of transportation, his arch-enemy Janitor (Neil Flynn) offers him a ride. Just as J.D. was wondering why they were driving through the forest, Janitor slams on the breaks and throws J.D., wearing only a hospital gown, out of the van.

“WHY?!” J.D. asks.

“It’s been four years,” the Janitor in disbelief. “How do you not get it?”

Sports writers are rushing to the defense of the Vikings this morning, blaming Favre for stringing them along and ruining their locker room chemistry. Listen, most people aren’t like Brett Favre. Most of us don’t get paid millions of dollars to do what we love. It’s a tough decision, one that most people wouldn’t handle it well. This is Brett Favre being, as he’s been so many times before, most people.

But even though he told the Vikings no, Favre’s still throwing. He’s still hoping to play. He just doesn’t want to play for the Vikings. Even if the plays for the Jets or the Saints or the Chiefs, he’s still a Packer and wants to be loved in Green Bay. And apparently, that’s more important to him than a shot at another Super Bowl. Plug Favre into that Vikings team and they’re a lock.

So don’t be shocked, Vikings fans. He’s been doing this to you for almost two decades. How do you not get it?

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