...yeah Starks...they don't like facts getting in the way of their diatribes lol...it must be stated & acknowledged Starks how well informed you are there down under;it warmed my heart to hear of your diligent & thorough journos having debate & public feedback on the Senator McCain campaign bus road rage incident in regard to his addressing his wife as a troll and a C_nt after her teasing him for his hair loss....in front of the embedded media no less...
Yep, we in Australia are fairly well informed, particularly with regard to this US Presidential election. Like Jafo said earlier, if the American people see fit to inflict themselves with John McCain and he turns out to be an arsehole (to which there seems very little doubt he is/will be), we get the same piles... as does the rest of the world. So yeah, it is relevant to me/us.
I must state, however, that I am not a fan of Fox or any other highly commercialised news service... think it might have something to do with over-sensationalising. over-dramatising and agenda driven biased reporting. No, if I want more factual, unsensationalised news reporting which tends to be unbiased/'more fair/balanced, I turn to the ABC (Australian Broadcasting Commision) news service. While the ABC news presenters tend to be more dour, even boring to some, I find the presentation of news to be more factual, credible and certainly more palatable. One thing that really pisses me off with commercialised TV news presentation is when one presenter will start a story and another chimes in part way through to add 'that' element of drama and sensationalism - our commercial TV news services do it all the time/far too frequently - thus my preference for ABC news/current affair programs.
Ah yes, the good old ABC... owned by the people and run by the people for the people, not by corporate entities with vested interests. Oh, and the talkback program that discussed the McCain tour bus - C word incident was on ABC radio, which tends to attract a more intelligent and reasoning audience than (most) commecial stations... and thus, callers tend to be less inclined to entertain sensationalisms and/or bullshit, less likely spew forth bullshit just to be heard on national radio.
Oh how very sad it is, that vested interests have turned our medis outlets into virtual circuses, with every type of clown imaginable seeking his/her few moments of fame and glory. Take for instance the clip Night train posted earlier @ #83 (sorry FF won't let me copy/paste it)... while it may have been amusing it did very little to lend itself to the facts behind Sarah Palin's dubious record. Um, perhaps this sensationalist journalism is the reason many foreigners are more/better informed on the US Presidential race/election than much of North America's voting public... they're hearing fragments of truth all raveled up with some miguided idea that news items should be edge of the seat, soap opera-like entertainment.