Thursday, April 21, 2005


Maybe they need to just put up a big tote board in Time Square with scrolling displays showing the latest bombing, shooting or helicopter-crash deaths in Iraq. This morning's news:
Six Americans were among nine people killed when a commercial helicopter went down north of the Iraqi capital today, a U.S. Embassy official in Baghdad said. The six were Blackwater Security employees, the embassy said. The Russian-made MI-8 also carried a crew of three Bulgarians, U.S. military sources said.
Seems to me that we've had helicopter shoot-downs snuck in among the Pope-a-thon for the last few weeks; they've just rarely made the top slot. Yes, things are still going to hell in Iraq, but the media is playing along with the Administration in trying to make it look all peachy keen. 'Cause, I mean, those Iraqis are just about to start strewing them rose petals in the streets for us, right?

In other news that you won't see on CNN: Ralph Reed's and Grover Norquist's political groups have been subpoenaed in an investigation of Indian Casinos (why is that the only phrase in America where the term "Indian" is still used?), kick-backs, lobbying, and all sorts of other unethical things. If you haven't heard of Reed or Norquist, well -- that might be because the story headlined "American Idol Makes Another Cut" was just so fucking important this morning.

Tom DeLay also continues to circle the drain in scandal, and blogs like Eschaton shine the flashlight on The Hammer's raving hypocrisy. Quoth DeLay, in 1995:
"The time has come that the American people know exactly what their Representatives are doing here in Washington. Are they feeding at the public trough, taking lobbyist-paid vacations, getting wined and dined by special interest groups?"
Gosh, Tom, I don't know. Are you? Seems to me as soon as someone pointed out your paid (by Russians) vacation and golfing extravaganza, you started to whine and bitch that it was no one's business.

But you didn't see that one on the front page either. Did you know that something happened in the Michael Jackson trial today? I'm not sure what, but I think it involved Tom Sneddon and a fistful of Vaseline. Now there's a lovely image.

Shall I go on, or have I made my point? What set me off this morning was seeing the helicopter crash headlining CNN (finally), and not much else of import, after having seen all the real stories elsewhere. I scroll down to find out that the burning, vital issue of most importance of the day, the question that CNN asks its readers via its online poll is: Should KFC bring back the Kentucky Fried Chicken name? And I don't even need to look to know that Lazy Leslie Wolfie Blitzer has just picked up that question verbatim.

The available answers to the burning issue of KFC's branding are Yes and No. I suggest that CNN add a third option to all such stupid, meaningless questions. We need a "Who the fuck cares?" button. A few times around the track with that option scoring 85%, they might just rethink the cutesy and ask about real issues -- or dump what's really, ultimately, a meaningless exercise anyway.

But I guess CNN got a little bit upset when their Pope Ratzo Poll did not turn out a 99% approval for the choice of Cardinal Joseph "The Inquisitor" Ratzinger.

And for god's sake -- when there's more hard political news on Drudge than there is on CNN, you know something is very, very wrong with the so-called mainstream media.

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