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March 20, 2007

If a tree falls...
Posted by Rosa Brooks

Is it just me, or was the 4th anniversary of the start of the Iraq war mostly greeted by the media with resounding silence? I expected the date to be marked by banner headlines and extensive commentary and analysis... instead, we mostly got coverage of the new Airbus. Hello? Hello?


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Avoid the corporate media, Rosa, it'll rot your brain. Throw out the teevee and stop the newspaper subscriptions is my advice. Stick to the web for the truth and avoid pap psychologically designed to force you to buy more.

Case in point: Bringing up the fact that the US is losing another war would put everyone in a blue funk, "consumer confidence" would decline and sales would suffer. We can't have that, can we? So the corporate media avoids the subject. Give the prols the happy talk--bread and circuses, beer and football. Sell, sell, sell and then sell some more. It's the American way.

I thought it got reasonably high profile. It was the lead on the CBS evening news at least, and I htink on others. No hour-long news specials, but with Iraq news on every night I won't expect a special to go over it again.

They're just holding out until the fifth anniversary. It's not like we'll be out of there by then.

I have no idea how many Americans listen to the BBC World News or watch it on TV, but they are devoting this week to Iraq. This morning's radio program had about 20 minutes. The interviews with Iraqis have been quite interesting.

Incidentally, it's too bad the BBC reporters don't get to interview our politicians on our TV.

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