Tuesday, February 11, 2003

"Balanced" reporting on CNN

CNN International has a early morning news show entitled "Biz News" that usually plays while I am at the gym, so I sometimes watch it while I am on the bike or the treadmill. Today, they were discussing European reaction to the decision by Germany, France, and Belgium to abrogate their obligations under the NATO charter to defend Turkey. One of the pieces was entitled "UK facing isolation", which was news to me (there are currently 34 countries assisting the US and Britain), and the other was a survey of the headlines in four papers. The papers they picked were Le Monde, The Guardian, the Mirror, and Financial Times. FT didn't take a position on the issue, which I suppose was intended to be the counterpoint to three virulently anti-US, hard-core leftist papers, which praised the decision by the "Axis of Weasels" to ignore the NATO treaty. I find it difficult to believe that they had to pick the two smallest of Britain's big five papers, and a French paper famous for its socialist worldview, as the papers which best reflected the pan-European view of the NATO summit.

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Which 34 countries are assisting the US and Britain? (Some I know about, such as Spain, Kuwait, Bahrain, Czechoslovakia, Italy... but I didn't know that there were 34.)

And, if you know the answer to this one: Are there more contries actively assisting us than there are on record for being opposed to the war with Iraq?

posted by Beth on February 16, 2003 10:33 PM

Monday, February 10, 2003

E. Nough has a blog

If you are a regular reader at Little Green Footballs, you will recognize the name. E. Nough is one of the most consistently interesting posters, and now he has a forum of his own. Thinking Meat gets a link now, and gets added to the bloglist on the next update.

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