Great post from Harry Shearer (yes, of “Spinal Tap” fame) about the lack of interest in the Burma story:
The notion that folks in Burma are trying everything — email, cellphone, e-pigeon — to evade the regime’s attempts to close the country down to outside observation makes me want to pay attention. So why is it, given a story of people fighting for freedom against a fearsome military junta, that cable news far preferred this week to discuss the burning question: Is Bill O’Reilly really a racist?
I’m sure cable news execs would tell you that their audience wants to hear about O’Reilly more than Burma. Even if that’s true — and I’m not at all certain it is — they should take the high road and actually present the news that’s real news. In the long run, higher credibility would lead to higher ratings.