March 23, 2005--

Passing the Coverage Redux regarding news about Iraq.

             Putting aside the current media coverage of the controversy over Terri Schiavo, which, despite the non-uniqueness of the controversy, involves important legal and moral issues, too much of the media coverage since the January 30, 2005, elections in Iraq has obsessively focused on the tabloid aspects of the Michael Jackson trial, the fate of Scott Peterson, the trial of Robert Blake, etc.  Meanwhile, since the news from Iraq is obviously becoming less bad (Dare one say better?) than before-- hence, the decline of "bad" news for Americans leads to the non-coverage of the good news which has far greater implications for our long-term national interests than tabloid coverage of court cases.

            Does the fault lie with the media?  The media certainly deserve at least some blame, but the bulk of the blame lies with too many of those among us lacking sufficient attention span to demand comprehensive coverage of what's happening in Iraq other than declining rates of car-bombs, increasing rates of effectiveness of the Iraqi military, and increasingly public outcries by Iraqis against the terrorists, the Islamic fanatics, and the Baathists as well as Syrian and Iranian involvement in efforts to undermine the new government and the Iraqi elections.  

            Individual criminal cases are, of course important to the victims and the defendants, but obsessive, tabloid-like, sporting-event-style commentary about such trials serves little other than the same kind of emotional cravings that lead too many people to believe that details of the lives of celebrities are important.  Will this problem ever dissipate?  Probably not.  

            Today's animation is a reprise of previous animations that featured outstanding art work by Jeff Grier.  For more about Jeff Grier's "Ill Take it from here," go to http://PoliSat.Com/PassingTheColors.htm.

--Jim Wrenn, Editor at PoliSat.Com.



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