The Lincoln Plawg - the blog with footnotes
Thursday, January 06, 2005
Tsunami: let's be clear who the real victims are...
Some of the preening pampered pets of American (I laughingly call) TV journalism, wrenched from family (or not-so-family) seasonal festivities to wade amongst Asian corpses, are playing the martyr card, according to a USA Today piece.
Those actually bereaved function as Ikettes to highlight the real tragedy of the situation: the grief and anguish of American TV hacks.
Because, let's face it: Killer #1 - pretty much none of the unhappy little brown brothers speaks English , and translations really kill a segment (subtitles? are you French or something?)
And, it's the media, stupid! So American onscreen talent has to mediate. Feel the gooks' pain. (Is this blouse too low-cut?)
And, thank God for the tourists! How else would the hacks - especially those servicing cable - fill their slots?
If ever you find yourself in a moment of weakness prepared to give the 'profession' of journalism  the benefit of the doubt, pull up the USAT piece and have a change of heart.
Reluctantly, I offer house-room to a typical example:
The situation is so bleak that "you see a fellow journalist out on the street and you say, 'Are you OK?' " says CBS News correspondent Lee Cowan in Banda Aceh, Indonesia, where about 30,000 people died.
I feel your pain, man - and I mean that most sincerely, folks...
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