CNN Story On WH Situation Room: More Drama Than Journalism
Sometimes it gets comical when writers try to find deep meaning in things. Sure its an appropriate exercise in the cases of biblical writings, or great literature such as Shakespeare. But when they try to find the meaning of life in the latest episode of South Park, or Archie Comics writers have fallen into the ridiculous.
A May 5th article posted on the CNN website took this practice to a new low. They came up with something so ridiculous, that it makes one wonder if the network intends to replace the rich deep voice of James Earl Jones in their (This is CNN) tag to the high squeak of Pee Wee Herman.
The article in question was based in the now famous picture of the White House situation room during the raid on bin Laden’s compound.
The writer (John Blake) took this picture and decided that it had a powerful subliminal message about the history of race relations in America, while showering so much praise on the President that the reader will wonder why the Pope hasn’t yet granted him Sainthood (must be a racist!).
When reading this opening I wondered if he was pointing out that all the key players were sitting around the table, but the man who should have been a key player, the President was sitting off in a corner to the side. Kind of made one suspect either he wasn’t so involved, he was being punished, or because Blake mentioned race, he was suggesting that the all-white crowd around the table forced the African-American President to sit in the cornerMost commentators have focused on the historic nature of the photo: Obama staring at the screen with a grim intensity; Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, covering her mouth to repress her reaction — the epicenter of U.S. military power hunting down its most hated foe.
But look deeper and that photo becomes historic in a more subtle way. It’s a snapshot of how much this nation’s attitudes about race, women and presidential swagger are changing, several scholars and historians say
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