I'm a Canadian, so of course I enjoy watching the superior programming brought into my home by American telelvision. So, I'm at home last night and turn on the TV to find CNN telling me that Iraq is being bombed. Okay. So, I change the channel...and it's more CNN. It's CNN on just about every channel.
What's with the simulcasting nowadays that with a HUGE base of news agencies and news networks like ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX and CNN...we only get one line of reasoning from everyone about why everything's happening? And worse, why is it that only one channel gets repeated (CNN) on EVERY OTHER CHANNEL?
My guess is CNN has affiliate agreements with those stations. And, it could be worse, you could be getting war coverage from MTV. When I saw that, I immediately began to think that was the 6th sign of the apocolypse. Now, the good thing about having MSNBC, CNN, Fox News, and CNBC on consecutive stations is the mental games you can play if bored/drunk. Start reading the bottom scroll on one station, then quickly use the up and down buttons to continue reading the scrolls on the other. Can provide interesting ideas, like Tony Blair, Prime Minister of China. Who said war can't provide some amusing moments.
If it wasn't for war, you wouldn't know what peace was.
"Yo man, it sucks when two poppin' fresh countries can't get along. It really brings me down from my buzz when I see people fightin'. But when war brings me down, I always have the cool smooth taste of Coca Cola to cheer me up. [Drinks] Ahh! Tasty. For MTV News..."
*Sigh* It seems like a cop-out, though. War-coverage wise. It's hard to think that Gord Gillies (my local newsman on Global) went to school for years to learn to be a journalist just so he can go "Here's CNN's coverage!".
New York has a Fox station, so it is showing Fox News coverage of the war. Now, Why the NYC UPN station needs to show the SAME fox coverage, I don't get. Luckily I get the philly UPN so I can watch smackdown instead of the same coverage we've been seeing all day.
'But if one is struck by me only a little, that is far different, the stroke is a sharp thing and suddenly lays him lifeless, and that man's wife goes with cheeks torn in lamentation, and his children are fatherless, while he, staining the soil with his red blood, rots away, and there are more birds than women swarming about him.' Diomedes, The Iliad of Homer
Yeah. MTV coverage is great. They were running down radio stations choosing not to play the Dixie Chicks(saying that they were violating the Chick's freedom of speech) and saying how these 18-22 year olds in our all volunteer army don't know what they're getting themselves into. It's like CNN on overdrive...
There is no room in this country for hyphenated Americanism. - Theodore Roosevelt, Ocotber 12, 1915
Personally news coverage here was a nightmare because I had THREE stations simulcasting Fox News Channel here, including the UPN affiliate which pre-empted my Smackdown!
Speaking of news outlets, Does anyone know of either a good Arabic translation program on the web, or a site that translates Aljazeera.net into english?
Those who fought against this war's coming must now stand and say we stand behind our troops and wish them the safest possible future. May as few people as possible suffer for this effort to come to a conclusion. If war must come, let it come and go swiftly and as bloodlessly as it can.
Yeah, it was kinda interesting seeing the same thing happen on 9.11. You finally got to learn who owns what station. Didn't know until then that Discovery/TLC were actually OWNED by the Beeb (they ARE, right?).
On the same sorta subject but not really, did anyone else see that Iraqi guy's press conference on TV last night? It started out like a normal enough despotic press conference, but then it turned into some kinda combination drunken rampage/Smackdown promo.
I think it was somewhere around the time he called the USA "Al Capone" was when he started knocking the microphones off of the lectern. I always wondered how those stayed on.
Gonna be a short war if 36 hours in they're already losing their shit on live TV.
-LS "I don't know if we can beat these bastards." "Maybe not, but we don't have to JOIN them."