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September 01, 2005

The New Month Pretension I Give a Fuck About My Readers Post

Well, the title says it really.

But it is a tradition, and I like my traditions.

Otherwise, I note my complete lack of motivation of late in regards to proper work.

In other random observations, I note I had the misforuntate of stumbling upon CNN and Fox on my thousand plus chanel bloody satellite thing. I had forgotten how truly awful US TV news is. A news anchor illustrating the "horror" (or some such stupid phrasing) of New Orleans by noting people were reduced to eating MREs.

Blithering idiots.

On the other hand, perhaps I shall have the occasion to see armed clashes between US troops and looters. That would have some entertainment value in a sick sort of way.

I'll probably simply go back to indexing how many demented euro-porn channels I get via the building feed.

Posted by The Lounsbury at September 1, 2005 06:07 PM
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What are your own prefered news sources?

Posted by: Brian at September 1, 2005 09:54 PM

How is the disaster in New Orleans being covered in MENA? Sympathy? Bemusement? Schadenfreude?

Posted by: Anonymous at September 2, 2005 11:54 PM

With the caveat I have been busy and consumre the media not as a media critic but a businessman with my own agenda, New Orleans has attracted fairly little attention. The disaster in Iraq attracted rather more attraction.

Today's morning news (Saturday) had more extensive coverage but not particularly oriented to commentary. My al-Jazeerah is on the fritz so I spent most of the AM watching al-Arabiyah and CNBC al Arabiyah. Overall, it seems to me, frankly it has not attracted very much attention. US is not always the center of the universe; more comment I think has been made on the economics, although I could note that the Euro papers have been far more attention (and been incredulous with the response, as I have I, strangely incompetent).

News Sources - what you see:
In no particular order:
The Financial Times (preferably physical, their online site is substandard)

The Economist (physical)

The Independent (physical)

Figaro (physical)

Le Monde (physical)

L'Economiste (physical)

La Vie Eco (physical)

Economie et Entreprises (physical)

La Nouvelle Tribune (physical)

al-Hayat (when available)


Online or Broadcast:
English Lang.


CNBC al-Arabiyah

MENAFN (menafn.com) (aggregator)
MENAREPORT (menareport.com) (aggregator)

New York Times
Washington Port

Dar al Hayat (daralhayat.com)

Posted by: collounsbury at September 3, 2005 11:24 AM

I should note that today's papers have some comparisons btw New Orleans and Baghdad. Obvious the references are not complimentary.

US image as competent certainly has taken a bashing.

Posted by: collounsbury at September 3, 2005 11:27 AM

I would note personally that I was bemused by the percentage of obese people. Americans really are become a nation of tubby fat lards.

Posted by: collounsbury at September 3, 2005 11:38 AM

I'm a bit surprised there's not more MENA coverage. The space shuttle blowing up got a lot of press. IIRC, some people in MENA were claiming it was God's vengeance on the U.S.

I suspect that the minimal coverage is partly because people/the press don't yet appreciate the numbers. Most of the coverage has been on the looting. Also, people in the know are afraid to speculate as to numbers. But estimates circulating privately are beyond horrible. When the mud drys, there are likely going to be at least 1,000,000 people who are effectively homeless and at least 10,000 people dead. There will be on the order of 10,000,000 million people who's homes have suffered moderate to severe damage and/or will be effectively camping for weeks because of infrastructure damage.

In economic terms, as dramatic as it sounds, this is probably going to be the most expensive natural disaster in human history. ObL is kicking himself that he didn't think to blow up a couple of levees.

BTW, your obesity comment is dead spot on. I can only conclude the the news reporters go out looking for it. I saw one report where this extremely distraught women was sobbing that she'd had no food for five days. Her plea would have been a lot more effective had she not been wider than she was tall.

Posted by: TS at September 3, 2005 06:45 PM


Actually this evening the coverage started picking up. There was a fairly long report covering the situation, claims of racism by Black American lawmakers, etc. (that was in particular played up). Nothing particuarly heavy.

I would say coverage has been displaced by the events in Iraq, e.g. the thousand odd Shia dying, Egyptian elections and Fat Boy's posturing.

As the New Orleans news becomes more clearly severe and the Iraqi event fades in the news cycle....

I should note the Bush as not competent angle was there as well. I also note that understand the Salafi - Takfiri crowd has indeed come up with the punishment of God angle, but typically that is not found in mainstream media but in the crappy marginal papers which I don't bother to read. Like I said, my news consumption is not driven by such things, but my interests and thus focuses on the mainstream media.

Posted by: collounsbury at September 3, 2005 07:13 PM

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