With rare exception, the U.S. corporate media was trumpeting the “back to normal in Egypt” hoo-ha earlier this week. Unfortunately for the titans of U.S. media, Egyptians don’t appear to be taking their lead from Time Warner, Viacom and Disney.
Egyptians’ retort to the “back to normal” headlines yesterday (though, in all honesty, I don’t think they give a toss about what the paper of record says) was the largest strike wave and biggest mass protests yet.
Those cheeky Egyptians!
One strong exception on the small screen is Anderson Cooper’s CNN coverage, which no doubt has his great-great-great-grandfather, Cornelius Vanderbilt, rolling in his grave.
As in New Orleans in the aftermath of Katrina, Cooper—ex-model and former CIA intern—has provided some excellent pro-people coverage. Unlike most of the mainstream media, Cooper dares to do what Democracy Now!’s Amy Goodman does, expose Americans to the voices and images of ordinary and knowledgeable Egyptians. Except he has a multimillion-dollar budget and the eyeballs of millions on him.
So kudos to Anderson, that eloquent class traitor who’s easy on eyes and proof that the most insightful news coverage on American TV comes from gays—Rachel Maddow and Anderson Cooper!
For the best left-wing news analysis, however, socialistworker.org is hands-down number one . Check out Ahmed Shawki and Mostafa Omar’s reporting from Cairo, and the rest of the SW team’s analysis Monday–Friday.