Sunday, May 13, 2007

Florida Fluff

Man, stealing a national election is soooo funny! NPR picks up the commentary of Florida writer Diane Roberts who takes a humorous view of the elections in Scotland being described as Florida-esque. What NPR doesn't understand, is that it's really unseemly for a news organization to do a humorous piece on a national tragedy when they've done virtually NO serious coverage of the event in the first place. Don't believe me? Do a little search on "felon list" + Florida on NPR and you get nothing on their major news shows. It's odd that a lone reporter named Greg Palast can find a substantive story on the Florida felon purge, and he can get his story on the BBC. In digging and digging I could find only one decent report on NPR, a piece from April 2002 by Juan Williams which looked at the loss of huge numbers of African American votes in my hometown, Jacksonville, Florida.

Really the offense of calling the Scots election Floridaesque is that it belittles the accomplishment of the Bushists in Florida. Scotland was a bungle, a snafu - Florida was a democracide.

3 comments:

Willie said...

Yes, thank you, I was going to write something about that "humorous" commentary on one of your open threads. It was truly disheartening, even sickening, to hear such a lighthearted treatment of them bumbling, whacky ol' electioneers in Florida. And yes, nothing at all about the true crimes committed there in order to get Bush "elected." For NPR to let this commentary out of the gate should be downright criminal on our formerly public airwaves. Now it's just ho-hum par for the course. What a sad country we've become.

Kevan Smith said...

That's a very nice coined word, democracide. Very pithy and accurate. I'll start using it!

cityprod said...

I think you guys should read my post at...
http://cityprod.blogspot.com/2007/05/comparing-scotland-to-florida.html