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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Where Are the Headlines? Where is the Breaking News?

Forty-six souls were reportedly burned alive in the Iraqi town of Al-Baghdadi less than five miles away from 400 Marines stationed at Al-Asad Air Force Base. I would think that this should grant prominent and immediate exposure in the news media. After all, Fox News reported on it as a breaking news flash. Granted, it is still developing , but there is no reporting on it elsewhere. In fact, there is next to nothing in the news media on the Middle East.

This morning, the lead story at USA Today was Holder ordering a probe of individual bankers’ roles in the financial crisis, and NBC’s was about a burglar who served four years of a 60-year sentence being back behind bars. The headline under the lead at NBC was about why beads are thrown at Mardi Gras. CBS posted legal loopholes for getting through DUI checkpoints as their lead story, and MSNBC posted a lead story about the slow crawl toward justice for the broken-hearted families of victims in police shootings. ABC posted a rolling lead story of the Aaron Hernandez trial, how military action may not be the answer in Libya and, last, a third lead story on the prudish mindset affecting old Hollywood’s silver screen.

I give credit to CNN, though, because at least they posted a lead story comparing ISIS to the Nazis and Khmer Rouge. At least they are talking about it.

Just under the breaking news on the burning alive of 45 human beings in Iraq, Fox News’ lead story discussed State Department spokeswoman, Marie Harf’s take on ISIS where she says this on MSNBC’s Hardball:

“We're killing a lot of them, and we're going to keep killing more of them. ... But we cannot win this war by killing them. We need ... to go after the root causes that leads people to join these groups, whether it's lack of opportunity for jobs, whether --"  At that point, Harf is interrupted by host Chris Matthews, who astutely points out, "There's always going to be poor people. There's always going to be poor Muslims." Harf continues to argue that the U.S. should work with other countries to "help improve their governance" and "help them build their economies so they can have job opportunities for these people."

“These people?” “We’re killing a lot of THEM?” “There’s always going to be poor Muslims?” Could they be any more condescending? And leave it to an Obama hack to bring job creation and politics into the grand equation of life for those poor souls living in the direct path of ISIS. You cannot create an infrastructure for dead people.

If the American Public is not reading about the atrocities of ISIS and other Islamic terrorists in their daily news, how are they going to know what is happening?

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