Saturday, April 02, 2005

Fox, MSNBC, and CNN on news hiatus

For the last 24 hours Fox, MSNBC, and CNN have given us non-stop death watch coverage of the Pope at the expense of all other news. Their coverage of this story has been obsessive.

Is the imminent death of an 84 year old man whose health has been failing for years now really a story that merits a moratorium on all other news? For example, Robert Mugabe, one of the world's most terrible dictators, stole another election from the people of Zimbabwe yesterday and will now attempt to rewrite the country's constitution so that he can appoint his succesor rather than allow another election, yet these three channels couldn't be bothered to break away from the shot of the ouside of the Pope's apt for long enough to make mention of this.

Yes, the death of the Pope is certainly news worthy. It is not, however, a story that merits such disproportionate coverage at the expense of all other news.

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