Monday, February 7, 2011

Is Egypt a (sh-h!) Wag the Dog Event?

By Kate Collins

I don’t know about you, but I’m really tired of the news being dominated by the turmoil in Egypt. It’s not that I’m unsympathetic with their plight. I was there two years ago and could see that things were very wrong – and I’m not referring to being kidnapped by a crazy camel driver (see my October 2009 blog) or picking up a nasty parasite that took a month to get rid of. I’m referring to garbage piled in the streets and on the sidewalks, even in tourist areas, which I was told was symbolic of what has been happening within their government.

But okay, enough already. Do we have to get scenes from Cairo 24/7? Does it have to be the main story, and practically the ONLY story, on all the news channels, including my morning talk shows?

Whenever I see this much coverage of an event not happening right here in our country, I can’t help but think back to that movie, “Wag the Dog.” Do you remember it? A huge media event was staged to keep the public from focusing on something else that was going on?

I know what’s happening in Egypt isn’t staged, but I keep harking back to the theme of that movie. Why are we being inundated with that news when there’s very little to actually cover? Scenes in the streets – check. More scenes in the street - check. Bor-ing.

Do you agree? Or am I missing something?