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Home The Feuilleton of MilSan and MikWag The ABC's of Broadcast Journalism

The ABC's of Broadcast Journalism

Today, on This Week with Christian Amanpour, ABC broadcast 'exclusive live' interviews with Colonel Qaddafi's son, Saif; the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mike Mullen; the former Libyan Ambassador to the U.S., Ali Aujali; and the French Ambassador to the U.N., Gerard Araud. [Video: 24:40; see from 19:30 for the ambassadors]


in that order.


Someone looked up from her bowl of Fruit Loops and said: "MikWag, they're reciting the ABC's backwards!  Miss Crabtree says, 'Now children, we must always remember to introduce heads of state and ambassadors before generals.'   The French Ambassador should go first, then the general, then the civilians."


Mikwag was already choking on ABC's big yellow banner for the program -- "America's War" -- that kept appearing on the bottom of the screen. [Ed:  no longer present in the sanitized, on-line version]


Notice, if you please, dear viewer, the French Ambassador.   If you can read body language as well as a your average kindergartener, you will see that he is offended.   He sits leaning back as far as physically possible, body not square to the camera, arms tightly crossed.  At the very end of the interview, his eyes roll up and to the side in disgust.  [Ed:  largely deleted in the on-line version of the live interview.  Question: Does ABC sanitize the historical record of what they broadcast to the American public?]


What a huge insult to the French to run a large yellow banner with "America's War" and to compound the insult with an abrogation of journalistic ethics by removing it from the historical record.  How dare you paint the French Ambassador to the U.N. as petulant without provocation.  This distinguished Frenchman led the effort for the past month to get a world riddled with moral turpitude to do what any kindergartener knows is the right thing.  A noble descendant of the very same French who helped America win its independence in 1776.  Whose distinguished political ancestors include the Marquise de Lafayette -- who was given one of four places of honor by Thomas Jefferson -- a perch from which his bust forever looks down on Jefferson's tea room in Monticello, Charlottesville, Virginia.  Along with Paul Revere, George Washington, and Benjamin Franklin.


I wish that I could end this pathetic vignette by telling you, dear reader, that ABC and the other networks end their soap operas with, "And don't forget to brush your teeth, say your prayers, pay your taxes, and practice your a, b, c's!"   Unfortunately, corporations don't have a whit of self awareness or irony.



What do you expect from American Corporation Broadcasting?

Reader-correspondent Ivan Bezdomny