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Why, Pray Tell, Did the Washington Post Neglect the Missing German Cow?

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Qaddafi is on the run. The UN is about to issue a report with a rare vindication of an Israeli position. The American Northeast is recovering from serious hurricane damage and flooding. The Republican presidential race is heating up. Syria faces mounting marginalization even from fellow Arab and Muslim states. And the Associated Press is reporting that a runaway cow has been captured in Germany.

If you’re like me, you welcome this refreshing bit of real journalism in a sea of irresponsible, sensationalist tripe masquerading as news reporting. There’s only so much milking of the Libya story that a person can handle, after all. Who cares that Russia now recognizes the rebel leadership as the legitimate representative of the Libyan people? THERE WAS A COW ON THE LOOSE IN GERMANY! And yet only the AP had the guts to pursue this story and bring it to the attention of the world.

Where, I ask you, was Reuters, which is always ready to pounce on the slightest blip in the Israeli-Palestinian dynamic and give us the lowdown (“it was Israel’s fault”), but for some mysterious reason completely dropped the ball on this crucial issue? What happened to the vaunted CNN operation, so skilled otherwise at getting to the bottom of international stories (“it was Israel’s fault”)? Why, even FOX News let this story pass without comment, not even a trenchant remark from their roster of respected pundits (“it was Obama’s fault”).

Of course if you’re not¬†like me, you might have had a different reaction. You’re not like me, after all, which would explain the success of supermarket tabloids, “word find” puzzle books and the large audience for reality TV, just to give a few examples. Perhaps the Associated Press, long a bastion of highbrow reporting, seeks to expand its appeal to the National Enquirer demographic. I can see the plan: start slow, with some bovine interest, perhaps a bit of bizarre kitten episodes, then push into alien zombie Elvis territory.

It would still be more believable than FARS, the semi-official news agency of Iran. And the sanctuary from which the cow escaped didn’t even have to issue a fatwa to get it back. Take THAT, MahMOOd Ahmadinijad.


Written by Thag

September 1, 2011 at 9:50 pm

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