January 29th, 2005


The "insurgents" don't need Tokyo Rose... they have the US media.

From a comment on this entry at The Captain's Quarters about the current dearth of media coverage of Afghanistan:

"Like Major John, my husband is currently serving in Afghanistan.

"I used to get very upset over the lack of media coverage in Afghanistan...Until the elections.

"My husband is in a very remote province, one of the last places that our forces had a permanent presence. The night (our time) of the elections, I sat and loaded and reloaded Google News and Yahoo News all night long. To be quite honest, I was scared. Violence had been threatened..I was worried for the citizens and for our troops.

"Do you know how much coverage there was? Zip, Zero, NOTHING.Ok, that's a slight exaggeration, but very slight. There were so few stories online that it's almost not worth mentioning.

"It wasn't until the stories about the washable ink at some polling stations hit the wires, that the media picked it up and ran with it. Within minutes, there were literally hundreds of articles online..

"They had something 'bad' to report, and they were doing it with glee."

"Dog bites man" isn't news, but isn't progress or lack thereof in Afghanistan newsworthy? Is there any observable difference between the behavior of the MSM and the behavior of media that has a goal of aiding terrorists by reporting solely on what goes wrong when it goes wrong, and spinning things when they don't, and thus demoralizing the American citizenry?
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Really unfortunate domain names...

You've probably heard about the IP law firm that chose the domain name mofo.com, or the Italian branch of a company called PowerGen (domain name powergenitalia.com). Well, there's an outfit that specializes in small quantity runs of custom pens, and will design pens for you. They call themselves Pen Island. Aside from the top-level domain being .net rather than .com, you can guess the domain name.

To paraphrase the immortal words of Dr. Phil, "What were they THINKing?!" (Maybe they were thinking that they'd get lots of publicity from people amazed that anyone would be so stupid as to pick that domain name... in which case I guess it's working.)
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