Wednesday, December 29, 2004

Disaster Porn

In watching the non-stop horror replayed over and over in slow motion with "experts" and survivors telling me every gruesome detail, I can't help but feel dirty. It is so obvious that these are the stories that cable news live for, that it seems they can barely contain their - well - glee. Not that I'm saying they come across in any way happy about the disaster, it's just they suddenly seem to have re-found their special purpose - missing since shock and awe.

Nowhere is this more apparent that at Fox News where I had the misfortune of seeing them discuss "celebrities" who'd been in the path of the wave. One Fox idiot said to the other Fox idiot something along the lines of "your girl" was there - meaning supermodel Petra Nemcova who Fox Idiot 2 had a hard-on for. I kid you not. Now, Fox Idiot 2 didn't indicate whether he was less attracted to her now that she had a shattered pelvis, but honestly, I didn't stick around to find out.

A final thought. I agree wholeheartedly with Juan Cole's comments that Bush has seriously dropped the ball:
As John F. Harris and Robin Wright of the Washington Post cannily note, US President George W. Bush has missed an important opportunity to reach out to the Muslims of Indonesia. The Bush administration at first pledged a paltry $15 million, a mysteriously chintzy response to what was obviously an enormous calamity. Bush himself remained on vacation, and now has reluctantly agreed to a meeting of the National Security Council by video conference. If Bush were a statesman, he would have flown to Jakarta and announced his solidarity with the Muslims of Indonesia (which has suffered at least 40,000 dead and rising).
Honestly, I can't believe history will be kind to President M.I.A.

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