Tuesday, February 01, 2011
Million Egyptian March Feb1
It is 10 AM now in Egypt, and we all have been watching CNN all night and monitoring Twitter, and CNN keeps replaying Anderson Cooper from Monday and MSNBC is replaying their evening lineup. CNBC which for the past 4 nights has had market updates has PAID Informercials. PBS has Antiguies Road Show and the Main Cable have paid informercials. Nothing but a whole lot of New Sucky Vacumn Cleaners, and Hair Products and Juicers. NOTHING about Egypt right now. But Some are able to access Al Jezeera (Arab) and this photo below shows that Tahrir Square is filling up despite the Road Blocks and the lack of Trains and Transportation. People are walking from far away, even from The Nile. On Twitter do follow @NicRobertson and @bencnn ( Ben Wiedeman). Supposedly Mobiles will be shut off, but they are still able to use blackberry for now. Many cameras and phones have been confiscated.There were reports in the afternoon of a Journalist even being stabbed-but I could not find more information or tweets about that. Bottemline The Reporters are very much at risk, but this story is one of the most important in our History.They must get it right and must get the story out to the rest of the World. The Whole World is Watching. NBC reported from Cairo and has full team there, Brian Williams is the only Anchor there.
I am worried about CNN , in the days of Katrina and even back to China in 1989 they were braver than this,...I also worry Something is Wrong....but time will tell. ( I do know watching Piers Morgan interviewing people is not "journalism"),
Al Jezeera jouranlists were arrested and detained for 3 hours this morn,then released but all of their equipment was confiscated. They are now using other means to get the story out. Thousands did camp in the Square and we will see how many get there today without Internet,cell phones or trains.
CNN has confusion as to how they want to portray this story, in mid afternoon they said that it was "Egypt Uprsing and even called it a Revolt".But by 10 PM tonight, they were calling it a "Crisis" again , usually when Wolf Blitzer is on, that wretched fear mongering term is used.