The "Anderson Cooper Effect" on American TV Reporting from Cairo
During the afternoon of February 2, from the start of attacks by men on horseback and camels to the lobbing of molotov cocktails into crowds and hurling blocks of cement from rooftops, the journalists on the ground were making sense of the mayhem. They validated the narrative coming from tweeted and blogged accounts by pro-democracy protesters: the thugs started it, the response was defensive, the will to resist was strong, and the like. By the night of February 2-3, the American TV media was projecting the line that Mubarak was to blame and that the violence was a one-sided “dirty trick” of bald proportions. They also forced their producers and US-based reporters to address the fact that Americans—including President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton—who had believed that “peaceful transition” was what the Egyptian regime had committed to the day before had been had. MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell was scathing in her criticism of Mubarak’s incitement of violence and the US government’s gullibility.
Bon sang, il faut attendre que des journalistes reçoivent des coups de barre de fer dans la gueule pour que la profession prenne conscience de ce qu’est une dictature ? Pfiou. Si seulement Bush avait envoyé un peu plus de reporters de CNN se faire torturer à Guantanamo...