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The Cold Filtered Ramblings of Gene Mueller

The Whole World's Watching...At Least, On Cable News

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       Wisconsin's done more than it's share of heavy lifting when it comes to supplying the world with news the last few weeks.

       Yet, the question is being raised as to why there's so much national buzz about what happened after Milwaukee's Juneteenth Day celebration, with so little being said about it in the Journal/Sentinel.


        It's the video, stupid.

        Pictures feed the beast, and who wouldn't be drawn to the screen by the chopper shots of a man being kicked in the head trying to work his way through the mob?        Notice the same lack-of-coverage complaint isn't being made about local t-v, which is practically showing the incident on a continuous loop.     

       Doesn't work that way in a newspaper, though.     A compelling photo works only for that day's edition--you can't put out extras featuring the same shot.   

       Lack of video is why a CNN anchor had to ASK Alderman Willie Hines the other day if Milwaukee is racially divided--those kind of things are hard to capture on camera.      Apparently the reporter's computer couldn't handle a Google search which I'm sure would've coughed up all manner of stories (some of them, no doubt, in the morning paper) about racial issues in our community.     

       There's no video of Frank Jude getting roughed up, but it was the stills of him in the hospital that gave that story legs--pictures that ran in the paper, which gave the story life when charges lagged.

       There's no video of kids getting caught in Milwaukee crossfires--one of whom remains in critical condition at Froedert Hospital as I write this.    

       What's lacking is action,  a demand for something more from ourselves and those who lead us.   

       Maybe that's the upside to all of the negative national t-v pub.      Getting our nose rubbed in it just might hasten change.


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