News blackout

Here are some of the significant news stories you missed on cable news while CNN, MSNBC and Fox News ran almost round-the-clock speculative coverage of so-called “popular icon” Anna Nicole Smith’s death:

  • Final prosecution witness, NBC Washington Bureau Chief Tim Russert, testifies in “Scooter” Libby trial. Trial testimony shows White House in “near panic” over Joe Wilson op-ed piece and subsequent media coverage.
  • Department of Homeeland Security: New York to be ringed by nuke detectors by the end of the year. Approximate cost: at least $46 million.
  • U.S. senators debate findings of the classified National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) on pre-Iraq war intelligence.
  • Nobel Peace Prize laureate and author Elie Wiesel, 78, was dragged from an elevator and roughed up by a Holocaust denier at a peace conference in San Francisco on 1 February, according to a police report released Friday.
  • Harvard poised to name first female president.
  • FDA approves device to save soldiers’ limbs.
  • U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill, the main envoy to meetings in North Korea, said agreement has been made on “broad points” of a nuclear disarmament pact.
  • Violence breaks out between Islamic worshipers and 200 Israeli police as anger grew over Israeli renovation near the sacred Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem’s Old City. The renovation on a ramp is near both the Jewish holy site Temple Mount and the mosque, Islam’s third holiest shrine.
  • U.S. strike kills five Kurdish troops.
  • U.N. halts aid to curb Iran's nuclear project.
  • Sir Richard Branson announced a $25-million (US) prize yesterday for the scientist who comes up with a way to extract greenhouse gases from the atmosphere.
  • For six months, the two main Palestinian political factions, Hamas and Fatah, had sought an agreement to end the inter-factional bloodshed on the streets. On Thursday, as a Palesinian newspaper headline put it, “They Agreed!”

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1 comment:

AWG said...

Anna Nicole who?

It's disgusting!

p.s. Glad you're back. Thanks for the email update!