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    Important and tragic as the developments at Ferguson are, electronic media coverage illustrate what seems to be an inherent weakness when taken to excess, its apparent inability to walk and chew gum at the same time, i.e. to drop everything and compulsively/obsessively cover one story. This is far from the first instance, although with much justification than some others (for example CNN's obsession with airplane disappearnces, Fox with Bengazi, etc.). Please note, I am NOT saying Ferguson and related events should not be covered (and analysed and explained far better). It's that there are other important world events occurring which vanish from tv news.

For example, in today's Philadelphia Inquirer alone there are (pushed to page 4, but at least still discussed):
1) U. S. airstrikes and Kurdish forces apparently retake Mosul Dam
2) In the same article a note that Pope Francis is rather hawkish on intervention against ISIL but would like a multinational response, and another observation about Iraq politics perhaps improving with Maliki's apparent departure---both items alone worthy of attention
3) Ukraine claims that rebels have killed civilians fleeing a besieged (by Ukraine) rebel held city
4) Ebola unrest in Liberia
5)Worrisome environmental report that 100,000 elephants killed in Africa in 2010-2012

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Then there's politics. Democrats aiming at NJ-3 (Jon Runyon's district) or in sports
a best new thing of the day, The Taney Dragons and Mo'ne Davis continuing their Little League efforts.

Consider that yesterday Rachl Maddow devoted well over 50 minutes to Ferguson and perhaps 2-3 minutes to the rest of the world. Instead she might have featured Ferguson in the first segment (about 20 minutes) and 5-10 minutes at the end, and so not have neglected other significant world news. Well, I'll duck now to avoid the incoming...

Btw, my laptop, after a long and lingering illness, just died, so lack of responses shoul be put down to limited availability to blogging. That is until I get a new laptop. Yes, we can build one. Newer, stronger (and for well under six million dollars).

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  •  Good point but it won't be popular (1+ / 0-)
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    Gary Norton

    things like global warming/climate change and environmental destruction by industry shouldn't be forgotten even while protesting and advocating against police violence.

  •  I can see where your're trying to go, but (5+ / 0-)

    it comes across as "How dare the American media cover stories that impact Americans?"

    1.)The American military (and public) is entirely too involved in how other nations govern themselves.
    2.)Same for the Catholic church.
    3.)Don't the Ukraine govern themselves?  The news is certainly upsetting and disturbing but short of sending troops there and/or protesting I have no idea what you expect us to do about it??
    4.)Another upsetting and disturbing story, but until we can cure Ebola......?
    5.)The African nations where these elephants are being killed are formulating (or have formulated) solutions to try to deal with the people who are killing these elephants.
    and
    I have to wonder about why animal life is = to or > human lives.  

    Why is it such a problem that the issue of people being brutally slain in the streets gets too much media coverage?  God forbid the American public have to think critically about how easily a life is taken in this country, especially if you happen to be black or some shade of brown.  

    It's just kind of difficult to worry about people half way around the world living in a state of injustice when people here live the same thing...The country of Ukraine is engaged in what seems like a civil war.  What is our excuse for slaying innocent civilians?

    •  This: (3+ / 0-)
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      NancyWH, TJTfromD, blueoasis
      Why is it such a problem that the issue of people being brutally slain in the streets gets too much media coverage?  God forbid the American public have to think critically about how easily a life is taken in this country, especially if you happen to be black or some shade of brown.  

      It's just kind of difficult to worry about people half way around the world living in a state of injustice when people here live the same thing...

      Thank you.

      I do not want a dearth of real, honest news about any of what has been and is going on in Ferguson, Missouri.

      Maybe, just maybe, it will wake people up to some realities.

    •  Also...this is an issue (0+ / 0-)

      that is so deeply tied to US history, that not to cover it would be an even sorrier tale.

      At least, that's how I see it.

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      by a gilas girl on Tue Aug 19, 2014 at 04:18:54 PM PDT

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    •  elephants (0+ / 0-)
      I have to wonder about why animal life is = to or > human lives.  
      Reportedly, ivory from poaching sold to China is a major source of income to some islamist organizations in northern Africa. So it does even affect global politics, or where people might dare travel.
      The country of Ukraine is engaged in what seems like a civil war.
      Instigated at least to some extent by outside forces, perhaps including the US fracking industry, who would at least have a good chance to profit from that civil war.

      Just saying that events outside the US might be of interest.

      Freedom is not just a word. 'Freedom' is a noun.

      by intruder from Old Europe on Tue Aug 19, 2014 at 05:06:33 PM PDT

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  •  write those diaries yourself. (2+ / 0-)
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    denig, NancyWH

    Dawkins is to atheism as Rand is to personal responsibility. Russia Today=FoxNews, Seralini=Wakefield. yadda yadda.

    by terrypinder on Tue Aug 19, 2014 at 12:17:10 PM PDT

  •  New day, SOS? (0+ / 0-)

    Didn't you read the diary yesterday complaining about "too much" Ferguson?  I'm a 60 YO white woman who makes a good living, has no kids in school, and no longer needs birth control.  But I still fight for a living wage for all workers, quality education for all children, and the right of all women to control their own bodies.  Maybe not enough people have died for you to sustain a good pissed off mood, so go read the other diaries.  I, personally, am not done yet.  I hope this never fades!

    "The light which puts out our sight is darkness to us." Thoreau

    by NancyWH on Tue Aug 19, 2014 at 01:22:43 PM PDT

  •  Seriously? (0+ / 0-)

    Hell no.

    Here's the reality of the Michael Brown situation: as an African American I know what police abuse is like.  I've been harassed, pulled over DWB many times.

    BUT here is the huge difference now and it's absolutely tragic that it takes the death of ANOTHER African-American teen for people to realize this, but the police are turning into a de facto occupation force.

    They will treat ANYONE with contempt and condescension even if we are paying their salaries, so NO, until they demilitarize this issue deserves all the recognition it can get.

    When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That is my religion. - Abraham Lincoln

    by EntrWriter on Tue Aug 19, 2014 at 01:36:57 PM PDT

  •  Let's be honest here. (1+ / 0-)
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    blueoasis

    The last thing the news media wants to do is investigate the news.  If it wasn't Ferguson we'd back to shark attacks.

    Ferguson is easy.  Send a crew down and interview random people about how they "feel" or if you get really lucky maybe the police, or some demonstrator, or some hoodlum will do something stupid and you'll get some violence porn to titillate the viewers.

    Even then that is far too much work.  What about getting a "conservative" and a "liberal" in an arm chair to have a "debate" where each can have 15 seconds to spout some generalized talking points.

    At least there is some real journalism being inspired by this (this being an excellent example http://www.dailykos.com/... ) even if you certainly won't see it on CNN.  Next time Justin Bieber gets arrested that will only inspire the desire to just give up on the "news" as most Americans have already done and just kill time watching something on Netflix instead.

    "Heretics are the only remedy against the entropy of human thought.” ― Yevgeny Zamyatin

    by Taget on Tue Aug 19, 2014 at 03:47:11 PM PDT

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