Friday, April 07, 2006

Oh, That Darn Media

Once again, TV journalists seem to be having an "off" week. With so much more to report on, they resorted to initiating a "sting" operation targeting NASCAR fans. I was not surprised when I read that NBC's "Dateline" news telezine had tried to invoke violence at a NASCAR race by introducing "Muslim-looking" men into the crowd of race fans.

"NASCAR said NBC confirmed it was sending Muslim-looking men to a race, along with a camera crew to film fans' reactions. The NBC crew was "apparently on site in Martinsville, Va., walked around and no one bothered them," NASCAR spokesman Ramsey Poston said Wednesday."

It is shameful, but hasn't much of our news been artificially created, lately? The Dubai Port deal, with the misleading poll question comes to mind.
I am also wondering, what would a "Muslim-looking" person look like? Does the whole concept seem like it may be racist? There are Muslims all around the world, and I'm pretty sure that, outside of the extremists, they all look like most other people within their nationality or culture.With my mullett, toothless smile, and heavy beard, I imagine NBC would consider me a stereotypical "Muslim-looking race fan."

NASCAR 'outraged' about targeting of track - and fans - for 'Dateline NBC' segment

NBC has responded, as reported by USA Today. Yesterday, on FNC's Your World with Neil Cavuto, NBC had also responded with a statement referring to the tactics they used as "common practice." I would like to think that most of what we hear on the news is trustworthy, but the Dateline response doesn't surprise me at all.


Clance' McClannahan said...

I wish we could trust the media, but the fact is they all have their own agenda's. I tend to watch the same story on many different networks including BBC and Al- Jazeera. I then mush it all up together, listen to my gut,hope to form some sense of truth from there. Heck, who really knows what's going on in the world anymore. They all lie.

RevJim said...

I try to get every news feed I can myself, but usually refer to Fox and NPR, two opposites, which pretty much report the same thing with different spin. Kind of like the NY Times and Washington Post.