Friday, October 08, 2004

The View from Here – IV

BANGKOK – Here we are again listening to CNN Business International, and they cannot hold back their enmity towards George Bush, no matter how little they try. The news item: discussing the likely candidates for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Mohamed ElBaradei, the Kenyan environmentalist and a Russian anti-nuclear activist, they claim, is considered the most likely candidate. Hans Blix, (ugh!) Executive Chairman, UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission, is in the running too, as is others of his ilk, and the CNN reporters had to admit, so was – with humble apologies – President George Bush! Ah, yes, but Mr. Bush is a 200 to 1 long shot. The CNN reporter derisively added “might as well be 10,000 to 1 – he can’t even spell peace prize.”

Now I’d say that is not very “fair and balanced.”

But when you chat with the common man here in the more Westernized areas of Asia, there is a strong desire to see a certain continuance of pressure against terrorism. I’m coming to the conclusion that it is the elitism of the global media, like CNN, and not the average Oriental, who opposes Bush.

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