Posted by: soupysays | April 3, 2006

news vomit

Unless you have been living under a rock, you know that journalist Jill Carroll was released after almost three months of being held hostage.

Her release was announced during “Good Morning America” on March 30th. With the announcement, the video described in this article was shown. Charlie Gibson said it was an interview for a Bagdad Television station. There was no commentary on the fact that Jill said she was “not threatened.” Well, there was no commentary except exclamations of “She’s alive!”

I also gave a TV interview to the Iraqi Islamic Party shortly after my release. The party had promised me the interview would never be aired on television, and broke their word. At any rate, fearing retribution from my captors, I did not speak freely. Out of fear I said I wasn’t threatened. In fact, I was threatened many times.

There is also another video that she made her last night in captivity, and as you can imagine, it wasn’t exactly praising the US. As far as I know, this video has only appeared online. The blog world had a field day with these videos. If you want to know some details, this Right-Wing Nutcase sums up the whole situation quite nicely.

Although applied to a slightly different context, Speak Up, a graphic design blog, dubs America “Culture of the Quick.” Later is too late, and thus ABC News doesn’t think before airing a suspicious video, the blogger world gives a knee-jerk reaction to this video, and when I used to buy ice cream from the the student center, I would start eating it during my five minute walk back to my room.

I was about to hit send, but the Washington Post just sent me an email news alert: Rep. Tom DeLay isn’t seeking re-election. Hooray.

Note: I have mentioned my GMA viewing habits a couple of times. My mother watches this particular morning show. I usually catch some of it while chatting with her, drinking coffee, and making breakfast. You know, I’m telling you this because I don’t want you to think I actually watch it on my own.


  1. We help perpetuate a media that supports our “gimme convenience or give me death” creedence. Better yet, give me instant gratification or give me death.

    The masses seem to beg for instant feeling in a society that desensitizes itself to reality. OOH, she’s free! Wait! She’s nice to the people that kidnapped her …

    We ignore obvious warning signs of greed, corruption and suffering, and then in our numbed state we seek out the easiest form of instant emotion to fool ourselves into believing we’re not numb. Through this, it seems, we move the machine that is the media.

    If we ignored the media like the petulant child it is, it couldn’t exist. However, ideal worlds don’t exist, (thus making them ideal?) and that’s not gonna happen.

    But could some form of change happen?

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