White Noise: News from Inside the Media Bubble
Murder in Myanmar
Video footage aired repeatedly in Japan last week captured the death of photojournalist Kenji Nagai during the crackdown on pro-democracy protests in Myanmar. The footage showed a soldier shooting Nagai at close range while other fired automatic weapons into a crowd. Nagai, who had covered several conflicts in the Middle East, worked until the very end. In the video, you can see him protecting his camera as he falls. Officials from Myanmar’s ruling junta first told Japanese officials that Nagai died when he was hit by a stray bullet – a story contradicted by the tape. Nyan Win, Myanmar’s foreign minister, has since said he’s “extremely sorry” for Nagai’s death.
Not Meg White
The appearance on the internets last week of a grainy sex tape allegedly featuring Meg White, one half of the duo the White Stripes, was met with studied interest in the YES! Weekly offices – Creative Assistant Chris Lowrance called it, “The one sex tape I have an interest in seeing.” After much scrutiny at least one of us (me) was convinced it was Meg White in the tape, due in part to facial and glandular similarities and an apparent aversion to abdominal exercise. It wasn’t. Still the tape, which is unremarkable in every other way, caused a furor in the blogosphere, prompting none other than Perez Hilton to step in and post, “Just cuz something is on the Internet doesn’t make it true, y’all!” I feel so ashamed.
This week in dumbassery
Fox News’ preeminent blowhard Bill O’Reilly got himself in hot water after a lovely meal with the Rev. Al Sharpton (who must’ve being participating in some kind of ignorant white conservative outreach program) at Sylvia’s, a restaurant in New York City’s prominently African-American Harlem neighborhood. Afterwards O’Reilly expressed his utter shock – on air – that black folk eat at restaurants, with silverware and everything, just like normal people do. “I couldn’t get over the fact that there was no difference between Sylvia’s restaurant and any other restaurant in New York City. I mean, it was exactly the same, even though it’s run by blacks,” said O’Reilly. “There wasn’t one person in Sylvia’s who was screaming, ‘M-Fer, I want more iced tea.'” Apparently Bill had preconceptions of 40s being poured out on the floor in memory of dead homies amid a thick haze of Newport and blunt smoke, a gang shooting just a crosswise look from going down. The really tragic part is that, unlike Don Imus’ “nappy-headed hos” comment earlier this year, O’Reilly’s paean to the patrons’ amazing civility despite their racial handicap was all meant to be complimentary. Look for next week’s broadcast of “The Factor,” in which Bill goes to Rosa Mexicano and discovers Latinos don’t scream for “more Tequila, ese!” while firing their guns in the air. (Also, it turns out they do need steenking badges.)
Local blogs we’ve been reading
Hamburgersquare.com, a blog by merchants at downtown Greensboro’s most famous corner (okay, maybe February One is more famous) containing stories, advice and photos of street life. The best entry so far: a ghost story called “My first visit from the other side” which is downright creepy.
Unbuttoned (blog.news-record.com/staff/unbuttoned), the News & Record’s dating blog is still a little tame for us – we could have sworn a recent entry titled “Old-fashioned sex, with men” was going to be about marital aids, but it wasn’t – we’re still checking in from time to time.
HypePipe (hypepipe.blogspot.com). We’re not sure if this music/entertainment blog is based in Greensboro or New York City, but the writers share our love for “Kids Nation” star Jared, and that’s all we need to know.
Also, it’s worth noting that the YES! Weekly blog is up and running at yesweeklyblog.blogspot.com. Dig it.