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Trivia Tidbit Of The Day: Part 303 -- The Saddam Trial.

The Trial Of The Century-

Priorities and biases. We all have them. Bloggers have them. WILLisms.com covered (and still covers) the Social Security issue more than most. This blog addresses substantially less of the gossipy rumor-mongering in which average blogs engage. The establishment media journalists and producers, obviously, have their own priorities and biases.

Take coverage of the two "Trials of the Century."

OJ Simpson.
Saddam Hussein.

Both are entertaining, engaging trials, with well-known defendants.

The comparison seems to end there, however, as far as the big TV networks are concerned. The OJ Simpson trial garnered far more coverage (over a 6-month period) than the Saddam Hussein trial has garnered (over a 5-month period). Far, far, far more (.pdf):

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And even when the Saddam trial has received coverage from ABC, CBS, and NBC, the focus has been in the wrong place (.pdf):

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Our television media outlets have become tabloid trash. If it isn't OJ, it's Scott Peterson or Natalie Holloway or Robert Blake.

And if they finally reach into the real news bag and show something about a tyrant like Saddam Hussein, it's usually just an out-of-context look at some trivial detail completely irrelevant to the big picture.

Source:
MRC (.pdf).


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