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Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Kidnapping ignored

As I'm sure many of you know already, Fox News Channel reporter Steve Centanni and freelance cameraman Olaf Wiig were kidnapped last week by unknown terrorists in the Gaza, and have not been heard from since. The story has not gotten a lot of attention and that has Michelle Malkin wondering why.
Following up on my post late Sunday night, some media types are now musing that one possible reason the story is not getting the attention it deserves is that there aren't any "new" developments to report. Vaughn Ververs, CJR Daily, and Stephen Spruiell at The Media Blog weigh in. TV blogs are covering the story: check TV Newser, Johnny Dollar, and Inside Cable News.

My opinion: No news is news. So is unchecked terrorist thuggery against Western journalists. The disappearance of Centanni and Wiig is at least as newsworthy as--and far more threatening to our national security than--people falling off cruise ships or getting eaten by alligators or attacked by bees.

If you have the time and inclination, please join me in posting a blog post today (doesn't need to be long, even a quick "Still Missing" will do) in support of our fellow American, Steve Centanni, and New Zealand-based cameraman Olaf Wiig. Let their families know that they are not forgotten.
You may also want to protest this disgraceful post from TV critic Bob Laurence, who claims that there's no news because justifiably (in his opinion) none of the other news organizations care about Fox.

Read it all.

Update 2:08 AM

From reader Dave in Pa.

As for that wretched remark by Stephen Laurence of the San Diego Union-Tribune, (www.signonsandiego.com) you can do what I just did, email him to tell him what you think of his remark.

His email address at the paper is: bob.laurence@uniontrib.com

To make one's view known to management at that paper, other email addresses are-

Letters to the Editor: letters@uniontrib.com

Readers' Representative:
readers.rep@uniontrib.com

Anyone wanting to invest in a phone call and speak to the Senior Editor, Bill Osborne, Jr., can reach Mr. Osborne at (619) 293-1395

1 Comments:

At 11:57 PM, Blogger Dave in Pa said...

A couple of observations here.

First, why would Hamas, Fatah or Hezbollah gunmen abduct or kill journalists from Al-Beeb, Al-Reuters or Al-CNN, who have been doing such a dhimmi good job acting as the Islamofascists' "Ministry of Propaganda" in the West?

Fox News, since it actually does strive-with much success-to be fair and balanced, would be a different case. This would be so especially if Steve Centanni and his cameraman were actually trying to gather truthful information on Hamas & Fatah gangsterism in Gaza.

(A digression but maybe there should be disclaimer warning signs at all the border crossings into Gaza: "Attention-You are now leaving the civilized world.")

As for that wretched remark by Stephen Laurence of the San Diego Union-Tribune, (www.signonsandiego.com) you can do what I just did, email him to tell him what you think of his remark.

His email address at the paper is: bob.laurence@uniontrib.com

To make one's view known to management at that paper, other email addresses are-

Letters to the Editor: letters@uniontrib.com

Readers' Representative:
readers.rep@uniontrib.com

Anyone wanting to invest in a phone call and speak to the Senior Editor, Bill Osborne, Jr., can reach Mr. Osborne at (619) 293-1395

 

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