Quote:It's very kind of you to express an interest in what i say--however, i consider this a "non-story." First because Fox "News" isn't really a reputable news program--rather it's entertainment and propaganda dissemination. Second because, as has been pointed out to Nihm, other parts of their "news" organization did give this event extensive coverage.
(as an "outsider") I find it extremely interesting, rather than a "non story", Setanta. My understanding is that Fox news plays an important role in forming US public opinion through its broadcasting. It might well be "disreputable", as you say, but I see it as being a very important influence, never the less.
Fox doesn't know how to cover actual news events.
What interests me (as an outsider) is why the US response to Haiti appears to have been so different.
It isn't being discussed much on A2k...and the discussion seems to have been dragged into the muck of whether the Haitians are bad or not (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)...
The O'Reilly Factor, Hannity, and Glenn Beck, Fox News' three top-rated programs for 2009, combined to devote a total of 6 minutes, 41 seconds of coverage to the earthquake in Haiti.
IS it different?
Do you mean in how much it is discussed?
Or in the practical response?
It isn't being discussed much on A2k...and the discussion seems to have been dragged into the muck of whether the Haitians are bad or not (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)...but we don't reflect US media I'd have thought.
There was a decision that only 6 minutes & 41 seconds of coverage was allocated.
nimh wrote:The O'Reilly Factor, Hannity, and Glenn Beck, Fox News' three top-rated programs for 2009, combined to devote a total of 6 minutes, 41 seconds of coverage to the earthquake in Haiti.
well those three would have to admit that there was something in the world more important than their egos, and that would be impossible for them to do
They have collected 50,000 bodies and expect between 100,000 and 200,000 total dead. That is like an above average (in population) American city being wiped off the map and it's newsworthy if you can empathize with people who happen to live in a different country (because none of you would call this a non-event if it were American dead).
Haiti: Uncovering U.S. Involvement in Aristide Coup
By Judith Scherr
In These Times
Sunday, Apr 5, 2009
More than four years after President Jean-Bertrand Aristide went into exile, questions linger about Washington’s involvement.
Nicole Lee, executive director of Washington, D.C.-based TransAfrica Forum, an advocacy group, is an attorney who, before the coup, lived in Haiti. Lee (no relation to the congresswoman) says one of the key functions of the commission would be to document the role of the International Republican Institute (IRI) in destabilizing the Haitian government. The nonprofit IRI is affiliated with the Republican Party and funded, in part, by the nonprofit National Endowment for Democracy (NED), which Congress partially funds “to strengthen democratic institutions around the world through nongovernmental efforts,” according to the NED website.
“The International Republican Institute all along really fomented a lot of tension between the Democratic Convergence [the anti-Aristide party] and the government,” says Lee. “There were reports"and continue to be reports"that the IRI provided information and also provided funding and training to former Haitian military officials that ended up coming across the border with the Dominican Republic” leading to the February 2004 coup, she says.
Unless the truth about the coup is uncovered, Congress will write off the Bush policy of regime change as an anomaly, says Lee.