Yesterday was an interesting one to be able to view CNN and BBC coverage at one and the same time, as events concerning the death of Ghaddafi (or by any other name) unfolded. For you who don’t know, I am presently on a ship in the Mediterranean, with a distant view at the moment of Tunisia.
When I turned on the tv news it was four o’clock for me, but about six hours earlier for you, and the news was just breaking that Libya was bereft of a tyrant. The photos were pretty awful on all the channels, but when I put BBC on the screen, they were authenticated from al Jazeera. When there were interviews, the subjects were in Libya, on the street, or were authorities on the area or the subject being discussed.
The subject of how bodies would be treated properly under Muslim guidelines was addressed, with a religious official who was familiar with that topic. An interview with P.J. Crowley, recently fired for insisting that mistreatment of political prisoners was ‘counterproductive’ – a topic of much coverage as state memos were being released – addressed state matters he is very familiar with which include sensibilities of officials of the middle eastern governments. An interview with one past ambassador to Morocco, and an interview with the British ambassador from the Libyan government, were included, all on topic.
Did you watch the CNN coverage? You were treated to almost half an hour of continuous Republican party booster McAyn on the middle eastern situation about which he knows nothing – as usual with events of any moment when McAyn is before the camera. He was followed by Republican party operative Fran Townsend. Next came Republican commentator Gergen.
If you still watched, your level of tolerance was higher than mine.
Pitiful, that what started as a news coverage that gave its U.S. audience a continuous factual commentary on events going on in their world has devolved into a party line coloration from the right.
Many of my conversations in the countries I’ve been visiting have involved politics of the U.S., and of other governments such as Croatia and Great Britain. I have uniformly found that the right is despised, regarded as corrupt and vitiated by monetary domination from industry, and is against the basic wishes of the public. Right wing, not ‘conservative’ is the usual denomination of the business interests that have taken over the governments of the people I have been talking with. They are business owners, individuals, travelers, and members of the electorate.
We’re not alone here. OWS has more than a few members who don’t get to Wall Street.
They do, however, very much Get It.
CNN does not.