Now that we have been DVRing and watching The NBC Evening News with Brian Williams every day for a few months now, I see patterns in NBC's reporting that disturb but don't necessarily surprise me. There is a whole world of news every single day, but what gets reported instead seems to be the entertainment news, some pseudo health breakthrough, or feel-good stories about octogenarian military veterans getting medals or schoolchildren succeeding against all odds.
Yesterday, for instance. The big news stories of the day, in my opinion, were the financial crisis in Greece (which has Europe and the world on pins and needles) and the massive protests in Oakland, California in support of OccupyWallStreet. You had to watch for ten minutes before you heard brief tidbits of information about these two stories. Before that, you had to sit through long updates on the Michael Jackson doctor trial, followed by the Herman Cain sexual harassment story.
... and, I gotta say this: You know I think that Herman Cain is a dweeb (see my October 19 post "cain is not able"), but who cares whether he had to settle a sexual harassment allegation twenty years ago? I'm always suspicious of these kinds of allegations and large settlements anyway. Was somebody just a little too (intentionally?) sensitive to crude remarks? Didn't they ever go to high school? If we all sued everybody who ever made a sexually suggestive remark in our presence, wouldn't we all be in court nonstop?...
Back to NBC News. Do you know that NBC is owned 51% by Comcast and 49% by General Electric? It's no wonder that real objective news of the 99% never gets out.