Friday, 12 September 2008

How did our newspapers remember 9/11?

The local coverage of the anniversary of 9/11 should be an object lesson for anyone who wonders why the traditional media are being hammered by the "new" media.

I read this coverage in the SMH with incredulity - the story gets six short paragraphs before it somehow makes a jump to the presidential election, and Obama's "pig" comment. Who on earth thought that it would be sensible and sensitive to link the murder of thousands of people with pigs?

The Daily Telegraph is no better. The lazy sods at both papers have sourced their stories from the same news agency.

I am disgusted.

My old school sent me some stuff the other day. On the back, they had printed the school prayer, which I had never appreciated properly until now. Here it is:

Teach us good Lord to serve You as You deserve
to give and not to count the cost
to give and not to ask for any reward
to fight and not to heed the wounds
to toil and not to seek for rest
to labour and not to ask for any reward
save that of knowing that we do Your will
through Jesus Christ, our Lord

Amen

It's the best I can do to make up for the pathetic and disgraceful coverage by our media.

2 comments:

bruce said...

A prayer attributed to Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuits.

The best part of my schooling was kind of Jesuit-inspired too.

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Have you also noticed how the media have focussed on reporting the Obama 'pig' thing in such a way that it's his opponents who look petty, while they are silent about the hysterical attacks against Sarah Palin?

Boy on a bike said...

Funny that my school adopted a jesuit prayer, given that it was rabidly anti-catholic.