Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Tierney of the NYT Thinks We Should Ignore the Blood


I debated with my cats about this: should I put Tierney, the new, stupider version of Safire, on the Comix page or the Media page? He landed here...barely. His editorial today does not deserve this honor but the many people who were blown up or kidnapped or shot dead and certainly the dead soldiers all of whom died bloody deaths today deserve to not be on the funny pages.

If a man-bites-dog story is news and dog-bites-man isn't, why are journalists still so interested in man-blows-up-self stories?

I realize that we have a duty to report suicide bombings in the Middle East, especially when there's a spate as bad as in recent weeks. And I know the old rule of television news: if it bleeds, it leads. But I'm still puzzled by our zeal in frantically competing to get gruesome pictures and details for broadcasts and front pages?

You ninny. Maybe we should have left the pictures and events on 9/11 off the front pages? Guilliani could have declared NYT perfectly safe!

I suspect the public would welcome a respite from gore, like the one that New Yorkers got when Rudolph Giuliani became mayor. He realized that even though crime was declining in the city, people's fears were being stoked by the relentless tabloid and television coverage of the day's most grisly crime. No matter how much the felony rate dropped, in a city of seven million there would always be at least one crime scene for a live shot at the top of the 11 o'clock news.

Well, knock me over with a suicide bomb! Tierney does want to have great crimes not be covered! What an enterprising man! Certainly belongs in the NYT which spends an amazing amount of energy trying to avoid the truth. Better, he should be on TV and yap about runaway brides and "is the Pope dying of old age yet?" funeral watches!

Tiny Tierney picked a bad day to yap.

Insurgents have abducted the governor of one of Iraq's most dangerous provinces and called for an end to US operations close to the Syrian border.
Raja Nawaf, governor of the western province of Anbar, was seized at a roadblock between the town of Qaim and the provincial capital, Ramadi. The kidnappers demanded the withdrawal of US troops from Qaim, where the US says it has killed 100 insurgents.

In Baghdad, two car bombs exploded, killing seven and injuring 47. The dead are thought to be civilians, killed by the first blast. Six policemen were injured in the second blast, at an Iraqi river police station.

Tuesday's first car bombing hit Saadoun Street, a busy part of Baghdad's business district hit by a similar explosion on Saturday that killed 17 people.

One kidnapping, a thousand kidnappings? What's the difference? And bombs bursting in air? Should be eliminated from the National Anthem. Can't sing that high, anyway.

Just as New Yorkers came to be guided by crime statistics instead of the mayhem on the evening news, people might begin to believe the statistics showing that their odds of being killed by a terrorist are minuscule in Iraq or anywhere else.

Terrorists know the numbers are against them and realize that daily bombings will not win the war. All along, their hope has been to inspire recruits and spread general fear with another tactic, the bombing as photo opportunity. For some reason, their media strategy still works.

I wonder if Tierney would like to drive around Bagdad or better still, Anwar province, by himself. Without bodyguards. Heck, even with them. The province official had them and precious little good that did him! I know that if there were a dozen kidnappings a day and 50 to 100 NYers were being blown up every day you can bet, I would sit up and notice it. I know the somnomulators in the NYT building can't see nor hear the outside world. But if a suicide truck driven by Anne Coulter were to smash into the lobby and blow up....we should just ignore it or maybe call Time magazine and tell them that she is joking. Haha.

Maybe I should have put this in the comix section...

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