Monday, March 28, 2005


This commentary in The New Yorker points out how "a set of video snippets, provided by the Schindler family and broadcast incessantly by the three cable news networks—CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC—which are themselves entangled in a desperate struggle for dominance," have helped to shape the national conversation on the Schiavo case. "Florida’s made-for-TV passion play" has been created, in part, by these media companies, just as they have helped the paint the pictures that frame our political discourse. Do the words "broadcast incessantly" remind you of anything? I don't know if this observation is obvious to everyone else or not, but since I don't have cable at home, I needed this reminder. Update: My favorite Deaniac in Port Angeles takes this post and runs with it on Kos and crossposts it at Booman Tribune.

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