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Rex in Regno suo superiores habet Deum et Legem.

The King in his Realm hath two superiors: God and the Law. -- Henry Care (1646-1688) on English liberties and the Magna Carta


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Guess What Day It Is

I’ll give you a hint: It’s something that the media usually goes wild about.

Need another hint? It’s the six-month anniversary of some event.

Give up? Today is the six-month anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion–six months since the still-unresolved oil spill began. But unlike the breathless, wailing coverage that each Katrina time marker received in the media, you can hear the crickets chirping in the distance as the media has gone relatively silent on Obama’s “unprecedented” environmental disaster.

You won’t find any hand-wringing or fist-shaking oil spill coverage in the My Way’s Top News compilation feed of stories from the AP, MSNBC, New York Times, USA Today and so on.

It’s not on Google News’ compilation of Top Stories.

There’s nothing about the anniversary on the home page of ABC News–although they do feature a video link where you can watch Whoopi Goldberg criticize Bristol Palin’s dancing.

There’s nothing about it on the home page of CBS News. Their top Hot Topic is…Tom Bosley.

There’s no mention of it on the home page of NBC News/MSNBC, though they are talking about a Cat 4 storm about to hit the Democrats.

CNN wins the prize by having an oil spill opinion piece (“What Did We Learn?”) and a short video clip. They’re not prominently positioned, but they are there. (What are the odds that Anderson Cooper is already on the Gulf Coast preparing for a live report tonight? I wouldn’t bet against it.)

Fox News comes in second by having a video story link about “Phase Three of Beach Clean-up.”

If you want to find more news on the spill, you’ll have to hunt for it at the MSM sites–and the blogosphere. There’s apparently not that much interest in commemorating the Obama administration’s inept handling of the spill and the unfinished cleanup.

I can understand that. The typical oil spill stories have bored me as well. But the Katrina anniversary stories weren’t any more exciting. Yet, every assignment desk (National, Political, Health, Environment, Science, Sports, Entertainment, et al) at every media outlet had to get in on the action for a Katrina milestone. All other news would cease to exist for that day if no tangential relation to Katrina could be found.

So am I complaining that there’s no national day of celebrating the passing of six months since a tragedy occurred? No. It’s refreshing–as long as this is a new trend and not some way to protect Obama’s thin-skinned hide two weeks before a mid-term election.

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