Wednesday, August 01, 2007

News you missed

Here's an interesting note from The Guardian's Roy Greenslade, on the news that Americans don't get from their local media: Why US readers keep weather eye on British papers.

Giving an example of a global warming study, Greenslade says the prominent coverage in international newspapers wasn't reflected in any American papers, including the most prestigious:
But no word could be found in America's three leading titles, the New York Times, the Washington Post and USA Today. Indeed, according to Perry's researches, the story's only outing in the States was in the small circulation Daily India, based in Jacksonville, Florida, and a website called Free Internet Press.
...I am willing to speculate that the narrow news agenda of American news outlets is a major reason for growing US interest in what our papers say.

In other news less covered, I was shocked to learn that, although I heard over and over again of the deaths of Tom Snyder and Ingmar Bergman, there was at least one other death that day that I would have thought merited the same coverage: that of Michelangelo Antonioni, whose films seemed to get as much attention as Bergman's back in the 1960s. Besides Blow-up, which got the most attention, I loved many of his films and found them more accessible than the Swedish master's.

Also from that era, note the loss of Michael Serrault, who played the cafe owner role in the original version of 'La Cage aux Folles' on film and stage.

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