January 20th, 2010

TV

Immigration jails, 'the climate killers,' and Bastet

SOME NEWS:
* "Meet the 17 polluters and deniers who are derailing efforts to curb global warming."
* "President Obama plans to create a bipartisan commission to make recommendations to Congress on ways to reduce the federal budget deficit."
* Transparency needed on secretive immigration jails.
* Another sad loss in Haiti: prominent womens' right leaders killed in the earthquake.
* 'Where do the reporters in Haiti get their food and shelter?'
* The top political questions for 2010.
* The power of graphic design in racist propaganda in Europe.
* Archaeologists in Egypt uncover a 2,000-year-old temple dedicated to Bastet.
* No, we do not need an American version of Torchwood.

TV

I don't agree with everything this guy's saying, but...

"Last month local TV newsrooms across the country, mine included, did dozens of stories about breast cancer. Dozens of them. It was after all, breast-cancer awareness month, and we, pardon the pun, milked it for all it was worth. In the words of another writer, our newscasts were all packaged in a 'tight pink ribbon.' This was not an accident. Never mind the inconvenient little fact that breast cancer is not the leading killer of women - that would be heart disease. It's not even the leading cancer killer. That would be lung cancer, followed by colorectal cancer. But why does breast cancer get coverage that is so disproportionate to its toll? Why don't TV stations do month-long, flood-the-zone stories on, say, colon cancer? Because breast cancer is a disease tailor-made for the hype/fear factory of local TV news. In all the world's cultures the breast has been a symbol of life and fertility. In American culture, it is a symbol of sex, too. How could your local TV station go wrong flooding the zone over this issue?"