Monday, September 26, 2005

"Never Again" are empty words

Media blackout on Darfur
By Nat Hentoff
September 26, 2005

Fewer villages in Darfur are left to be destroyed,butthe killing -- and the use of rape as a weapon by the Sudan government's Janjaweed and soldiers -- continues. As U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan told the BBC on July 3: "We have learned nothing from Rwanda," an atrocity which we were told would never happen again.

Eric Reeves of Smith College in Massachusetts, the principal historian of the horrors in Darfur, wrote on Aug.11( that the genocide there could become "much worse" as "the international community has abandoned these people to genocide by attrition." And on Sept. 8, Salih Booker, executive director of Washington-based AfricaAction, warned:" The death toll continues to mount."

The American media, with few exceptions, have also largely abandoned Darfur. In"All EarsforTom Cruise, All Eyes on Brad Pitt" in the July 26 New York Times, columnist Nicholas Kristof, who has often reported from the killing fields, writes: "If only Michael Jackson's trial had been held in Darfur."

Mr. Kristof noted that: "According to monitoring by the Tyndall Report, ABC News had a total of 18 minutes of the Darfur genocide in its nightly newscasts all last year and that turns out to be a credit to Peter Jennings.

"NBC had only 5 minutes of coverage all last year, and CBS only 3 minutes (except for '60 Minutes') about a minute of coverage for every 100,000 deaths. In contrast, Martha Stewart received 130 minutes of coverage by the three networks.


Blogger airforcewife said...

Isn't it funny how the US is racist for our policies toward Israel, but none of the usual suspects are racist for ignoring the horrors of Darfur?

In fact, now that you've made the connection for me, I will henceforth always refer to stars as, " (so and so), who is ignoring the genocide in Darfur in a racist manner, today commented on the torment of Colonel Sanders Chicken."

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