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What CNN leaves out of story is the real news

October 27, 2010

Corruption survey: Somalia is the worst – CNN.com.

CNN is now reporting news that everyone already knows, or at least suspected.  Somalia is the worst government in the world for corruption, I think none of us are surprised by that news.  So what’s the story fleece?

The story is what CNN decided not to report.  For that analysis, I had to resort to arabnews.com.  Yep, the last bastion for journalistic integrity is a Saudi web-site.  What should the CNN headline have been?  I will give you the arabnews headline and you decide for yourself.

“US slips to historic low in global corruption index”

Wow, isn’t that revealing?  Does CNN care more about Somalia than the United States?  Or is the arabnews just showing their obvious bias and hate for America by pointing them out on the list.  To answer that you have to read the whole CNN article.

The U.S.’ s score is slipped into the middle of the article next to other capitalist/democratic republics such as Japan and the United Kingdom, with no mention that we have moved lower down the list and that it is the worst we have ever scored.  In an attempt at being fair, I will note it is the CNN world web site.  I did look for a similar article on their U.S. site, but if its there, it is pretty well hidden.  I did find a cool article titled “Gator eats dog in backyard”.

So lets address the bigger issue here, what CNN did not report.  The United States has slipped from 19th on the Global Corruption Index to 22nd, the lowest in the 15 year history of the index, and the first time we have fallen out of the top twenty.  Weird how the most transparent administration in the history of the United States is actually considered more corrupt.

I’m sure if we squinted and drank some kool-aid, we could find a way to blame Bush on this one.  At least CNN did not go there.  But do you think the CNN story would be the same if Bush were still president?

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. October 27, 2010 2:26 pm

    I’m sure if we squinted and drank some kool-aid, we could find a way to blame Bush on this one…exactly!..spot on!

    • October 27, 2010 2:49 pm

      Thank you for your comment, and your kind words. =)

  2. LD Jackson permalink
    October 27, 2010 9:20 pm

    I would just about bet the house that you are right. If this had happened during the Bush administration, it would have probably been up in big headlines on the CNN website. Makes one wonder, it does.

    • October 27, 2010 9:24 pm

      You really are the worst spammer, just kidding. lol

      What should we expect from the dude that married Hanoi Jane?

      • LD Jackson permalink
        October 27, 2010 10:16 pm

        Still getting caught in the spam, uh? Strange thing is, some of the blogs it was happening on, no longer marks me as spam. Very weird. By the way, I also left a comment on your article about Rajeev Date.

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