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Ed Driscoll

The MSM’s Disaster Porn

January 30th, 2010 - 2:08 pm

Found via the Brothers Judd, in the the far left (I mean, even further to the left than Newsweek) Website In These Times, David Sirota explores “Our Addiction to Disaster Porn:”

[T]housands of miles from the San Fernando Valley’s seedy studios, the adult entertainment business is alive and panting in Haiti. This year’s luminaries aren’t the industry’s typical muscle-bound mustaches of machismo—they are NBC’s Brian Williams pillow-talking to the camera in his Indiana Jones garb, CNN’s Sanjay Gupta playing doctor and, of course, CNN’s Anderson Cooper in that two-sizes-too-small t-shirt “rarely missing an opportunity to showcase his buff physique,” as The New York Times gushed. They are all the disaster porn stars in the media with visions of Peabodys and Pulitzers dancing in their heads.

And We the Ogling People drink it in.

Like any X-rated content, this smut is all flesh and no substantive plot. The lens flits between body parts and journalists pulling perverse Cronkite-in-Vietnam impressions (at one point, CNN showed Cooper and his t-shirt saving a child). But there is little discussion of how western Hispaniola was a man-made disaster before an earthquake made it a natural one.

What, and get talking heads fired from liberal TV networks for committing thoughtcrime?

Related: “Let’s Talk About Political Correctness!”

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