Media Follies 2012: Got any suggestions?

By • on December 18, 2012 11:51 pm

For the 17th consecutive year, colleague Maria Tomchick and I are compiling our annual year-end list of Most Overhyped and Most Underreported Stories of the Year. We’ll start in this Saturday on KEXP and over the next couple of holiday weekends, and print the full lists here next week.

Got any favorites you’d like to make sure we include? Overhyped would be anything from British royal pregnancies to Romney’s expected closer-than-close race with Obama (in state-by-state polls, Obama was comfortably head in electoral votes throughout 2012, but you’d never have known that from The Pundits) to the latest effort to transform Seattle into a World Class City ™ through the magic of taxpayers funding yet another new professional sports palace.

Underreported? Well, in this country, anything, anything at all to do with rapidly accelerating climate change, or the latest atrocities in America’s Permanent Wars, collapsing public support for the War On Some Kinds of Drugs When They’re Used by Some Kinds of People, and so on. Locally, the back room deal that handed hundreds of primely situated acres of poor people’s housing at Yesler Terrace over to private commercial development (at deeply discounted prices) has to rank right up there. But there’s many more. What stood out to you?

Comments

By Lansing Scott on December 23rd, 2012 at 3:06 am

Underreported: the horror in Gaza & continued expansion of settlements throughout Palestine. But that’s probably already on the list…

By Jackbootstate on December 23rd, 2012 at 9:35 am

Don’t know if you mentioned on the radio show among the over hyped the “fiscal cliff” and any attention paid to the deficit hucksters Simpson and Bowles:

http://www.counterpunch.org/2012/12/13/paid-to-whine-about-the-deficit/

http://www.alternet.org/comics/alternet-comics-tom-tomorrow-simpson-and-bowles-coolest-granny-bashers-washington

By Leland Mellott on January 5th, 2013 at 3:42 pm

The following underreported Conspiracy Without a Theory has been emailed to thousands, thousands of people/organizations around the world since Spring 2000: The pre-planned and orchestrated assassination of San Francisco Mayor, George Moscone, on November 27, 1978 led directly to the creation of the controversial Moscone Bust by sculptor Robert Arneson, which was successfully used to deflect attention from the architecture of the Moscone Convention Center, the most awesomely huge and inhumanly ugly CHAMBER I have ever known. Ask three Europeans: San Francisco Art Commission. Out of the ashes of World War Two … history is repeating itself. Nazi Germany all over again?

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