Wednesday, January 04, 2006

America - Keep your God, Keep your Miracles

What a tragedy last night, what a waste of my time spending three hours listening to CNN relaying news of a miracle, yet another American miracle from the American God, and then the West Virginia locals, expounding on the grace of their God and how He goes that extra special yard for the interests of West Virginians. Three hours of sanctimonious crap as reporting the news morphed into spreading the Good News.

And then the terrible glory broke over the Neanderthal brow of the news media. It wasn't a miracle at all. It was, in fact, an awful tragedy, horrific, horrendous, one critically ill survivor and a heap of dead bodies. Strangely, God then made a quiet exit. In fact, God started to come in for some highly personal criticism - ("'What in the hell has God done for us?' But just a few minutes before they was praising God.")

I am sad for everyone who died. However, I have nothing but contempt for the automatic 'American God delivers another miracle' reflex that the mainstream news media continually indulges in. This time they got themselves bitten.

UPDATE: Predictably, the dead bodies have swiftly transmuted into the televisual gold of 'American heroes' and suitably tragic music adorns their memory. ('You heard da boss. Run the tragic hero music...')

3 Comments:

Blogger Jak said...

Great blog and great read, keep up the good work. Always good to see "something" worthwhile come out of Memphis. Thanks.

1:03 PM  
Blogger Jim said...

Excellently stated. This is why I don't want TV news.

7:37 PM  
Blogger kingfelix said...

When blogs start deploying film crews and delivering their own pictures, maybe there will be more variety in coverage.

My favoured blog for news, well, politics, is thinkprogress.org

I don't really think there is any actual "news" on the cable channels, just the bending of word and image into Hollywood-type narrative. this was so evident during the Tragedy/Miracle of the mining disaster.

7:48 PM  

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