Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Steve Centanni and Olaf Wiig

Michelle Malkin has asked for a blogburst (which is everybody blogging about the same thing at the same time I think) to make up for the lack of coverage of their plight by traditional media.

I have been following the little information available on this since they were kidnapped, but have not commented since reading that FOX News believed that publicity would be contraproductive in securing their release.  I hope that is not the case.

In any event I hope that Mr. Centanni and Mr. Wiig are released safely and I hope their families are receiving the support they need.

BTW - The Bob laurenceTV critic from the San Diego Union Tribune sent a letter regarding the lack of coverage.  His first point I can almost agree with:

One is that, sadly, they are far from the first to be kidnapped, injured or killed. They are, alas, only the most recent two of many. The kidnapping or targeting of journalists in Iraq isn't the story it once was.

except the kidnappings happened in Gaza.

The second is just ignorant:

Second, Fox has deliberately set itself apart from other news media. Starting at the top with Roger Ailes, the Fox sales pitch has been to deride other media, to declare itself the one source of the real truth, the sole source of 'fair and accurate' news reporting. As a result, there's not a reservoir of kinship or good will with Fox on the part of the rest of the news media. You can't keep insulting people and then expect friendship when you need it.
They've made it a policy to keep a distance between themselves and the rest of the media, far beyond the usual competitive spirit, so that's where they are: at a distance.

What that says is, it's OK to ignore news if you don't like the guy it's happening to.   Under that theory it would be OK for a newspaper to ignore a serial rapist because he was only targetting nuns, and after all we all know they deserve it. 

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