Our corporate news media work very hard to distract you from the real news. Several days ago all 3 or our pretend-to-be news networks covered live, the complete and uninterrupted news conference held by the parents of the missing Boy Scout in Utah. Later that day a second live news conference was aired. Reporters were asking such journalistically ground breaking questions as, “How did you feel when you found out your son was alive?” Wow, amazing journalism, don’t you think? Did anyone in this nation outside of the involved family need this information? Did they need it live? Would the nation be better served by our news networks if even a little time was dedicated to reporting news that affects us?
In contrast not a single minute of the most important hearing held on the Iraq war, the Downing Street Memo hearing, was aired. If this meeting was ever mentioned it was not noticeable. Anyone who watched 40 hours of news this week on these networks learned every single detail about the missing boy and about the missing woman in Aruba, but they would not know that the Downing Street Memo hearings were held and they would not have learned the stunning revelations about the Bush administration and the lies that took this nation to war. Nor would they have learned how the Bush administration has forced the G8 nations to take part in their global environmental terror policies that will undoubtedly lead to more deaths than any brown terrorists can be blamed for.
While I recognize that every single missing person incident is indeed an important issue, mostly for the missing person and his or her family and friends, in most cases it is not newsworthy and it is rarely newsworthy on a national scale.
When our media reports a missing person, or any story for that matter, do some math. Ask yourself how many people in this nation are affected by this story. Then consider that there are over 250 million people in this nation. Then ask you why a news story that affects fewer people than can be represented by a pinhole on a map of the US, is dominating news coverage in lieu of news that affects the entire nation such as environmental news or evidence that your president intentionally lied in order to take the nation to war.
Here are a few numbers for you:
Reference: National Incidence Studies of Missing, Abducted, Runaway, and Thrownaway Children (NISMART)
According to NISMART-2 research, which studied the year 1999, an estimated 797,500 children were reported missing; 58,200 children were abducted by nonfamily members; 115 children were the victims of the most serious, long-term nonfamily abductions called “stereotypical kidnappings”; and 203,900 children were the victims of family abductions.
At any given time there are over 90,000 active missing person cases in this nation. Ask yourself why our news networks think that certain missing persons deserve national attention. Better yet, contact them and ask them.
Don’t be fooled. This nation does not have a national news network. We have a national distraction network. It is time to turn off our televisions. Do you want news? If the answer is yes, start looking elsewhere because you won’t find any on your television sets.
Think about it.