Dan Rather is caught up in the royal wedding. And by caught up we mean he’s wildly pissed off about all the ridiculous fluff coverage the event has received. He isn’t too happy with the other non-stories that have caught the media gaze this past week either. Writes Rather on HuffPo:
The next time you hear about another round of layoffs at a TV news division, the closing of a bureau, the decision not to cover a foreign story with full force, remember this week of silliness in April.
Remember the millions of dollars, hundreds of staff and hours of coverage spent on a wedding in London when crises around the globe and here at home festered. Remember the unseemly pas de deux between the press and a reality TV show huckster peddling racially-fraught falsehoods, as both interviewers and the interviewee seek a bump in ratings.
And then please take a moment to remember the eight American soldiers and one contractor killed by an Afghan soldier at the Kabul airport in a war too easily forgotten. Remember the hundreds likely being killed in Syria and Libya, not to mention the death and unrest plaguing countries like the Ivory Coast, which almost never earn more than a mention on our most-watched newscasts. …
The networks couldn’t ignore the devastating storms that killed hundreds in the South, but you had the odd juxtaposition of that news being delivered by anchors sitting in front of Buckingham Palace.
You hear that news networks? If not, you better start listening, because Rather has old man strength. He will physically hunt you down and beat you with your own shoes. He’s already kicking the crap out of you on substance.