Why Sheen/Gadhafi jokes aren’t funny, and what’s wrong with the news

It took a TV critic to dissect the ridiculous coverage of North Africa unrest and celebrity journalism. Gadhafi is a murderous tyrant, Sheen an addict. As for news coverage of North Africa, read how Christiana Amanpour really covered Libya, despite her bewildered network’s inability to get through image to fact (if there are 100,000 people minding their own business and one ranter, the camera will automatically go to the ranter, with a breathless journalist talking about the mood of the people being violent.)

Globe and Mail, March 8 2011`

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