Even As All American Eyes Turn Towards Football Fun And Games,
We Need To Remain Concerned About Haiti's Superbowl Of Disaster
By Danny Schechter
Author of The Crime Of Our Time
As TV Tunes Out, There Still Isn't Much Good News In The Bad News
As predicted and feared, the media coverage from Haiti has shrunk at the very time that people there are facing their most serious challenges---how to survive the aftermath of a disaster which has become a permanent feature of their environment.
It's not just the physical destruction, and rehabilitation challenges for people who have lost family members and limbs. It's not just the daily challenge of finding food, water and housing. There are deeper problem of finding and nurturing hope in the success of a long term recovery.
We have gone from hearing reports of massive casualties and social needs to a focus on 10 Americans being indicted for child snatching. Once again we have become the story just as the misnamed "We are the World" is revived. It may be another example of what Ishmael Reed calls "fading to white," a play on the Fade to Black phrase that TV insiders use to end every recorded show.