Through The Looking Glass

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“On any given Sunday you’re gonna win or you’re gonna lose. The point is… can you win or lose like a man?”

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This is the first of many entries of a semester-long blog project for my “Writing the News Story” class at the university I attend. This blog could potentially become quite habit-forming and thus it could stretch out longer than the few months I will be working on it. I’m looking forward to at least getting the table set for a continuous blog and writing about the news stories that catch my eye.

So I think the best place to begin is one of the biggest media events of the year. The Super Bowl was this weekend and the ending has been shrouded in controversy.

Arizona Cardinals’ quarterback Kurt Warner was hit when it looked like his arm was moving forward during a pass. If this were the case, the call made should not have been ruled as a fumble and the Cardinals would have a final shot at the end zone. The controversy stems from the referees not reviewing the play, and the Steelers went on to win their sixth Super Bowl in franchise history.

To me, it looked like Warner’s arm was indeed going forward when the ball left his hand. Even if this wasn’t the case, though, there was no reason for the referees not to take a close look at it. It’s the biggest game of the NFL  and it decides who the champion is after a three month regular season and one month of hotly contested playoff games. Maybe the Cardinals wouldn’t have scored on a second chance at the end zone, but the referees of this game really blew it for all those who feel Arizona got a raw deal.

Now I know why I waited until the last possible minute to write this blog entry for class (and yes, I was on vacation this weekend). We have breaking news about Tom Daschle’s nomination for Health and Human Services Secretary.

Though the New York Times’ article in the link is quite brief due to the developing story, Daschle’s nomination has been all over the news the past several days. His failure to pay over $120,000 in taxes has spearheaded the calls that he should withdraw from the role that President Barack Obama presented to him when composing his cabinet.

I believe that Daschle had to make this decision and I’m surprised it took this long. It’s unfortunate because I think he had some great ideas for health care reform but in an instance like this, Daschle had to step down. Both Republicans and Democrats have likely lost some faith in him, and President Obama can’t afford to be overloaded with distractions after just being inaugurated two weeks ago.

Finally, the seemingly never-ending strife in Darfur might be taking a turn for the worse.

Muhajeria, a town in South Darfur containing about 50,000 people, is supposedly the target of Khartoum’s army yet again. Khartoum, the capital of Sudan, attacked Muhajeria a little over a year ago. Since then, a couple of leadership changes between rebel and government forces have made the city a target for another military invasion.

The past five years have given us hundreds of graphic articles and photos from the War in Darfur. This story, if another invasion on Muhajeria is to happen, will create more of them. This conflict deserves as much attention as the unrest in the Middle East. The peacekeeping forces provided by the United Nations are not doing what they can to keep civilians safe and at some point, someone is going to have step in and try to resolve this situation.

Wow… that’s one blog post down, many more to come. See you all next week… if not sooner.

 

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Written by greatfoesofreality

February 3, 2009 at 1:46 pm

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