Newscast mentality in Washington

From AOL News (link will break) AP story about Sunni militant uprising in Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon:

White House press secretary Tony Snow said Tuesday the militants wanted to distract international attention from an effort at the U.N. to establish a tribunal to try suspects in the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.

I think I’ve mentioned this before: the belief in Washington that the Federal government – at least its legislative and executive branches – can’t do too much important stuff on any one day, or follow or tolerate too many different important news stories.  They think the rest of the world is like this too: “distract international attention” from a Hariri assassination tribunal?

Look, we have 535 voting members of Congress, and thousands of executive branch employees.  There are more than 6 billion people on the planet.  And we can all only do one thing a day?  It really is the end of history!

What has occurred to me is that this may be governed or influenced by Washington’s desire to manipulate TV news coverage in its favor, instead of work their hardest for the Common Good.  Maybe the replacement of network-produced TV newscasts with web-surfer-driven and -selected story packages will be a good thing after all.

OR it might let them just bury stuff they want to get away with, which I already saw as a journalist in the ’80s.

Que conundrum!

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