Media Theater of the Absurd(Are there any media PHD’s?)

October 4,2013

This bit below popped up about 4:30 pm when I put “Shut down” into Google. It’s from Canada’s CBC and supported by a well used Toronto Star photo with a woman holding a placard saying “Hey Congress Do your Job” But about 30 minutes later the same header appears at the top of search results with a different photo this one by another of Canada’s papers, The Globe and Mail. But it too opens to the same Associated Press article.

Republicans push for talks to end US government shutdown

CBC.ca ‎- 37 minutes ago

U.S. Republican House Leader John Boehner on Friday pushed for dialogue on ending the partial shutdown of federal government services as …”

When the link opens 30 minutes later another header appears with The Associated Press authorization, and times back to 10:44 AM. The article begins with that same tired line that I’ve read since the shut down began about the president not going to Asia so that he can be home to deal with the shut down. There is also a photo with a caption giving credit to a Reuters(?) person as follows

“U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor listens as House Speaker John Boehner addresses reporters during a news conference with fellow House Republicans at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Oct. 4, 2013. (Jonathan Ernst /Reuters)”

“U.S. government shutdown: Democrats urge Republicans to unite

Crisis keeps president from summits in Asia

The Associated PressPosted: Oct 04, 2013 10:44 AM ETLast Updated: Oct 04, 2013 4:01 PM ET”

Seeing this CBC, Associated Press, item assisted by photo’s from the Toronto Star and The Globe and Mail, a media conglomeration authorized by Canada’s public broadcaster tells me that this shut down of the US government is likely just a kind of distracting theater that could make the debt ceiling debate a piece of cake and the Syria threats and Egyptian coup things that never happened.

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October 5, 2013

“New York Times

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Republicans push for talks to end US government shutdown

CBC.ca ‎- 14 hours ago

U.S. Republican House Leader John Boehner on Friday pushed for dialogue on ending the partial shutdown of federal government services as …”

Today, one day later yesterday’s October 4 CBC header, “Republicans push for talks to end US government shutdown” is accompanied by a NY Times photo where yesterday Toronto Star and Globe and Mail photos supported this header; the header opens a link to

“U.S. government shutdown: Few signs it will end soon

Crisis keeps Obama from summits in Asia

The Associated PressPosted: Oct 04, 2013 10:44 AM ETLast Updated: Oct 04, 2013 10:16 PM ET”

Note well: the Associated press authorization for this October 5 story is identical to the authorization of yesterday’s October 4 article.

On reading through the article one begins to see that this entire mish mash has been made available by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and like yesterday’s mish mash seems aimed at Republicans including a link to Neil Macdonald’s bit on war within the Republican party:

Read CBC’s Neil Macdonald on the Republican party civil war“.

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