Monday, April 7, 2008

Bowling for Torture

For those of you who don't know who John Yoo is, I can't say I blame you.

The MSM has barely reported on the so-called "Torture Memo," which Yoo authored while he was the Deputy Assistant Attorney General at the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel.

The memo is pretty damning, since it explicitly endorses the use of torture against enemy combatants, but it seems that the MSM is far more concerned with Barack Obama's bowling skills:

Here are the number of times, according to NEXIS, that various topics have been mentioned in the media over the past thirty days:

"Yoo and torture" - 102
"Mukasey and 9/11" -- 73
"Yoo and Fourth Amendment" -- 16
"Obama and bowling" -- 1,043
"Obama and Wright" -- More than 3,000 (too many to be counted)
"Obama and patriotism" - 1,607
"Clinton and Lewinsky" -- 1,079

Ugh. I'm really beginning to hate the media.


MediaMaven said...

You're just beginning to hate the media now?

They always do this; light 'n' easy stories are easy to report on (and people are amused by anecdotes that a would-be presidential nominee can only score a 37 in bowling) but investigative, deep stories with far-ranging implications are practically left to the intellectuals or the news junkies, because no one else wants to read depressing and complicated stories.

Look on Google News one day and compare how many outlets picked up the latest American Idol loser compared to the big news story of the day or week. Now that's depressing.

For example, the Spitzer investigation is still hitting the papers, but now it's about when he lied, the nitty-gritty legal jargon of the case. It's inside all the papers, essentially forgotten. It's not scandalous anymore now that all available photo albums of Ashley Alexandra Dupre have been exhumed.

(For the record, I didn't recognize John Yoo's name right away, but as soon as you mentioned "Torture Memo" I knew. Which, when I read about it last week, thought was huge. Thank you, Wall Street Journal.)

John said...

Beginning? What took you so long?

Oh. Apparently I'm not the only one to take advantage of that easy setup.

Wait until they release the graphic version of the report! Then people will stand up and pay attention!
I'm not kidding. Just look what adapting the 9/11 Commission Report into a "graphic novel" (the comic industry's most incorrectly used term) did for its popularity. People will choose pictures over words nearly every time!