Jon Stewart highlights CNN and Fox News silly news
The commemoration of the events that occurred at the Selma Edmund Pettus Bridge was a turning point in this country. It is a very serious part of the American history that is revisited year after year to ensure that these mistakes and bad deeds are not repeated.
Jon Stewart played a few clips of Congressman John Lewis (D-GA) in awe of the country’s progress having elected President Obama. This is quite an occurrence when juxtaposed against the savagery by the Alabama troopers in Selma. The struggle to vote cost many Americans their lives. It was a shameful period for this democracy, our democracy. It was a hypocrisy that required a nation to change.
Jon Stewart also played some inspiring portions of the President’s speech where he acknowledged that a country must be self-critical if it is to move forward. The event in Selma was a serious event that merited much better coverage. In fact it reminds us that those that are attempting to suppress the vote today will not ultimately win when together we all stand up. These are angles one would expect our journalists and networks to cover with the seriousness it deserves. Unfortunately none of that was forthcoming.
When networks like CNN and Fox News interject frivolities into their coverage it takes away from the seriousness of the event. Jon Stewart did a great job in pointing this out using his extraordinary comedic and satiric talents.
CNN bragging about their drone coverage of the bridge was rather childish. It showed that they were more interested in the technology than the real story being covered. Fox News once again attempting to make an important story that should go beyond partisan politics an attack on Bush was petty. This is the state of our traditional mainstream media today.