Ok I know NK fired a couple of longdong missiles into the Sea of Japan slaughtering several fish in a bid to catch the attention of teh United states and several of its neighbours. I know it is a provocative action but as the missiles in question were not armed and one failed a minute into its launch there was no real threat of hostilities breaking out.
At least I thought there wasn’t.
I was flipping around on the tube and came across the alarming graphics showing a million North Korean troops marching and talk of invasion across the demilitarized zone. In mounting disbelief I watch lovely arrows on a detailed digital map of the region pouring across the boarder and talk of deaths in teh 100s of thousands, followed by images of missiles firing and US aircraft taking off from carriers. For a second I thought I missed something big.
I flip to a local station to see what they have to say and watch as Chad and Janet are wooing esch other on “The draggiest soap plot of the day” and suddenly I’m wondering what the hell is happening. Are the blue rinse crowd’s ratings so important they’d prempt war coverage to keep the bloddy stories on?
Then after a milisecond it dawns on me… Once again those fricken scare mongers of the News Networks are pressing the panic button trying to stir up ratings by scaring the living shit out of people.
Asking pointless questions to noone but the camera like “Could they arm one of these with a nuclear weapon and could it reach the American Heartland?” and following it up with “Experts say no.”
They know the answer yet ask the question aloud anyway… because it is a nice scary question. They keep asking more questions that are designed to make you think the end is nigh and quickly and less enthusiastically answer them with “no, not really, very unlikely”
When Orsen Welles did this type of crap back in the 1930s he, at least, ended the program by saying it was their “version of dressing up in a sheet and jumping out of a bush and saying Boo!” These dickheads don’t bother. They pretend they are doing news.
What the fuck ever happened to responsible journalism? Why start pretending there is a war on or imminent when the evidence shows that at present nothing is about to happen but angry words and condemnations in the UN?
I refuse to watch any 24 hr news networks anymore. What’s the point? After all they aren’t reporting news they’re just making shit up now.