TV News

I have often sung the praises of SBS in the past, but tonight I was a bit taken aback. In what was supposed to be financial news we get two stories – one about a bribery claim by the interim Iraqi governing council against some high profile politicians.

The next was an article about the trendiest new virus (MyDoom for reference) that is doing in mail servers around the world – propogated by no less than Micro$oft’s wonderful work at securing Windows. The report also stated that the virus is designed to attack Microsoft and SCO. Last time I checked (read: just now) the virus is designed to attack SCO. I have not seen a report anywhere that the virus is to attack Microsoft. This is bad reporting at best. Perhaps they were referrring to Microsoft’s stake in SCO, but that wasn’t clear.

Correction: Seems a new strain has appeared.

To top this all off, they recommend upgrading your virus software, while giving a big endorsement for Norton’s Anti-Virus by clearly showing the Norton’s brand name in the piece. I hope that you charged for that SBS – it was a bit too obvious.

Now, both of these items were news worthy – but finance? I don’t think so.

But, alas, I turn over to channel 10 and the news highlights tell us about all that’s important in the world today. Not mentioning Latham’s speech (what appears to be a transcript is here) which seems to be getting a lot of attention. Not the Hutton report. Not David Kay’s report. No – the weather of course. Snow in the US. Floods in Melbourne. I don’t know why I even bother wrestling with TV news anymore. I should’ve given up long ago.

All that bitching aside, there is a good Insight forum coming up on terrorism – it seems the panel is going to be pretty controversial if some rumours I have heard are true. Keep an eye out for it…