Off the Media: Foreign Un-Coverage

kim_jong_puppet.jpgOTM starts off this week with a lament on how little we know of North Korea or what its very important Asian neighbors think of its new nuclear status — a sign, in our estimation, that the American un-penchant for foreign news coverage is coming home to roost. (How can we run a global empire without good foreign news coverage, fer cryin’ out loud?)

And it’s not news to us, but probably would be to many Americans, that our supposedly high-speed Internet service sucks when you compare it to that of more advanced nations like, say, Korea — and that’s true at least in part due to our telcos’ not delivering on their promises of fiberoptic to homes. Nor, sadly, was it news that Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya was killed (nor if you read the Newsfeed), either, although OTM did find a couple new angles on exactly why such journos get killed. (It’s not just for reporting corruption, but rather reporting who’s getting their unfair share of the take, says their guest.)

American media types will be gladder to learn (if they missed the Newsfeed) that it’s now a wee bit harder to get sued for libel in the British empire (which understands the need for a fulsome press).

One of our favorite international galivanteurs, Rishad Tobaccowala, was expounding on Google’s master plans for YouTube for this show. It’s essentially a $1.6 billion R&D project, he says.

And in more domestic news: What’s up with the “Faker — and Harder” headline on the Web site? Yeah, yeah, you’re talking about The Daily Show‘s ability to give us as much news as the “real” shows (according to a study we also saw first in Newsfeed — not that we own the stories; we’re just saying), but, really, — do ya do ya do ya wanna dance? Oh, baby, do ya wanna story about judges making strange, Baby Boomer-era musical references in their rulings?