Readers keep emailing me to tell me that as far as cable news is concerned, today's events might as well be happening on Mars. I cannot confirm this because when real news happens, the last place I look is the cable news channels. But I cannot say I am surprised. Since this does not have a cheap and easy way to splice into the red-blue fight, they have no idea of how to cover it. One reader writes:
Along with the avalanche of news coming out of Iran (if you know where to look), you wouldn't know by watching the news that there is a conflict that is significantly more than "low intensity" going on in Yemen right now. For instance, did you know that Saudi Arabia has suffered more than five hundred casualties in the last two months fighting a tribal insurgency in Yemen and is launching significant air strikes into Yemen? That's in addition to the strikes launched by the Yemeni Air Force against militants that may or may not have killed the American citizen who was in communication with Nidal Hasan, Anwar al-Awlaki.
And God knows what we are doing directly in Yemen these days.
You wouldn't know any of this if all you watched was CNN, Fox or MSNBC.
You'd think that if the so called war on terror were as life and death as Pete King or Pete Hoekstra would lead us to believe, the press would do a better job covering the titanic events in the Middle East, especially when terrorists are going to this country called Yemen that none of the cable news networks have heard of before for training and logistical support.
The press is like a cat chasing a laser pointer, pouncing on the illusion in front of them, pretending that all events occur in an historical vacuum (historical being defined as as far back as the Dawn of Man or as recent as the last news cycle) and that if it doesn't affect a non-uniformed American directly, then it is as good as never happening.
To you and your staff, thank you for being one of the (very) few sources of information on the unfolding - and miraculous - protests in Iran. To say the MSM's coverage today was inadequate would suggest they actually devoted even 1 minute of their broadcast to this monumental event. Truly shameful.
Ironically, Al Jazeera in English (accessed via an iphone app) has been focused on the 1-year Gaza anniversary all day. Now they're interviewing a nice neurosurgeon from Alabama.
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