Ok, its not great news. Today’s major television stations and early morning programs have turned into “we will entertain you with dumb drivel.” Who is controlling networks? Teen polls? Suits on steroids? A small clique of mystery moguls?
On the Today Show they send someone to
to report on the upcoming nuptials of a prince and commoner (a year and continent away) rather than to England where thousands are dying. We might get a one-minute clip that Haitians are protesting what didn’t happen to prevent their cholera outbreak… The media didn’t mention water purification or machinery or tools for their Haiti Third World nation after the earthquake. Where is reporting LIVE from ? Who is asking reasonable questions about this in their news programs? Why not? How come? Haiti
And you think Sara Palin’s new book is as important as let’s say – mine? Her book will sell thousands and thousands of copies because media will cover her hangnails and bad hair days, just to give her rising fame more power.
Palin has a plain ol’ plan that includes running the White House. She needs press. She’s using the “Madonna Playbook” of massaging media with constant exposure and massive marketing.
I penned a historical memoir about a distinctly racist act of genocide against Native children by removing them from their Tribal Nations. My book “One Small Sacrifice: Lost Children of the Indian Adoption Projects” was self-published. Why? Who the heck cares about Indians these days? Most people think we live in prehistoric teepees.
When was the last time you saw major media coverage of poverty in Pine Ridge or the plight of Native people or any Third World Nation?
Nowadays, Matt Meredith Ann and Al are making viral music videos. I simply change the channel to Amy Goodman’s Democracy Now. Or I turn to NPR and the
BBC who do a much better job reporting on than our networks ever will. I go online to hear National Native News or watch Indian Country TV streaming from the Lac Courte Oreilles reservation in northern America . I read emails daily from Indigenous Thinkers and First Peoples News, both Yahoo news groups. Wisconsin
Where do you get your news? What helps you make informed decisions?
It’s not on
’s TV programs. For some of us, it’s only the internet until it costs us more money and we’ll read newspapers, if they still have reporters on their payroll. America
One more place I do visit is the History News Network from
George Mason’s University. Their motto is “Because the Past is the Present, the Future is, too.” I found this new book review today: “Reading Obama: Dreams, Hope, and the American Political Tradition,” by James T. Kloppenberg. “…Barack Obama puzzles observers. Derided by the Right as dangerous and by the Left as spineless, Obama does not fit contemporary partisan categories. Instead, his writings and speeches reflect a principled aversion to absolutes that derives from sustained engagement with American democratic thought. Obama traces the origins of his ideas and establishes him as the most penetrating political thinker elected to the presidency in the past century….” Reading
I feel like the guy in
who blasted his TV with a gun when Palin’s daughter ruined Dancing with the Stars (his opinion). Wisconsin
I don’t see Cable news interviewing Cornell West, who is putting substance in plain English with: “Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud, A Memoir” but he was on Democracy Now this morning.
What do I know? I’m just a dumb viewer.