Last week Puerto Rico faced a major labor strike yet nothing was to be found on the general news sources. There estimates of participants between 100,000 and 200,000 protesting the firings of 17,000 public employees by the governor of PR. The demonstrations were peaceful, something to be proud of, and even something that's a sign of a civil and modern society. Yet, nothing on the news.
The english news, that is. Jorge Ramos from Univisión interviewed Luis Fortuño, the governor of PR. See below... at the end there is a clip of René from Calle 13 speaking his mind about Fortuño (warning of foul Spanish language in that part).
But let a shoot out in PR take place and CNN is all over it. I am so sorry for the loss of life in this incident, particularly those children that died. But CNN is shameless to take the story (see it here http://www.cnn.com/2009/CRIME/10/19/puerto.rico.shooting/index.html) and run with it. The sensationalist aspect of it is amazing... on such a short article it mentions the shootings, gangs, drugs, pregnant women being killed, and babies dying... Can it get more tabloid than that? The story almost has no content other than the tabloid-like use of these words.
Oh, and just in case the readers were wondering why this story was included on CNN, they finish the article with: The Caribbean island is a U.S. territory. Really? Oh, thank you for that aclaratory note. I have been away from the news since 1898 and didn't know that PR was a territory. I missed the news about the Spanish-American war and its consequences. You deserve a Putlizer for this story.
Turns out I am not the only one upset by what CNN has become. I'll let Jon Stewart complete my feelings about this...
|The Daily Show With Jon Stewart||Mon - Thurs 11p / 10c|
|CNN Leaves It There|
Posted on 10/19/2009