Non-Homogeneity

Unlike in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001 in the United States, the major cable news networks are not homogeneous in their coverage.

Frankly, this is quite surprising to me.

Last night, Fox News Channel began reporting on images showing “panicked digging” at the site of Wednesday’s bombing, including Saddam Hussein himself being pulled out on a stretcher. I just did a cursory look at CNN.com, and I don’t see anything about this at all there.

I also flipped over to CNN twenty minutes later–just at the time that FNC began the self-congratulatory back-patting over how cool they were to scoop everyone–to see if CNN had anything on this. Nothing.

I’m quite amused, as an amateur journalist and news-watcher, that the news is not as homogeneous as it usually is. Most of the cable news networks are startlingly similar when they go into a full-news cycle: their anchors quell their political biases, and it seems as if everyone watches everyone else and makes sure that, if they are scooped, it’s only by a few moments.

That this isn’t the case is quite interesting to me. Everyone is taking their own slant on the stories here, choosing to highlight their own threads in the story. Everyone’s loving the fact that the U.S. military has let reporters be “embedded” with the lead units, and frankly, it is an interesting phenomenon. Of course, given the state of the Iraqi military, it’s not as if there’s much danger in doing so, eh?

This just all amuses a man sitting on his bed at 12:21 in the afternoon, hair looking like an electroshock experiment gone bad, munching on peanut butter-and-honey sandwiches and wondering when he’ll get bored enough with the bombing to go out to the grocery store and mow the lawn…

3 comments

  1. I find a lot of the news media comical and quite often stupid. One of FNC’s embedded news reporters (formerly news reader) spoke of passing Iraquis giving the "thumbs up" sign. He thought that was neat.

    He did not understand he is in a different world. Thumbs up in the Arab world is roughly equivalent to the middle finger in the West.

    Don’t get me wrong, I’m still a committed far right wing conservative, but Roger Ales(sp?) needs to give some of his FNC (liberals think GOP TV) folks at least a short briefing on the geography of the country they are going into before he sends them.

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