Nintendo is sure made of sneaky little buggers. First, they issue a press release telling us the Wii News Channel will launch tomorrow, then they go ahead and launch it today. Sneaky, sneaky, sneaky.
I've had a few minutes to play around with the new channel. As a news junkie, I both love and hate it. I'm going to forgive the fact that the first article I clicked on, which was out of Syracuse, NY, provided me with an image of Syracuse, Italy. Things like that happen. My problem is that Nintendo is getting its news from the Associated Press and the Associated Press, alone. As someone who feels the Associated Press provides us with subpar reporting, often fails to ask real questions, and was complicit in leading the charge to Iraq, well, I'm not a fan. Thanks to the Wii's geographical news interface, which I love, I can actually see why.
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If you have the Wii News Channel, take a look at the continent of Africa today. Notice, there's no news anywhere. Isn't that shocking? With the genocides, the starvation, the AIDS, and the Africans who are doing just fine living their lives, well, none of it is newsworthy according to the AP. At least, not today.
Next, spin your globe to Iraq. See that? Nothing. Can you believe it? We are at war in this region. Our troops are fighting and dying. Iraqis are being blown up. And nothing from the AP. Granted you can find a couple of stories about Iraq from the AP, but nothing from within Iraq, which, again, is how they helped get us into the war in the first place. They write what they're told, not what they see.
Finally, hop on over to Washington, D.C.. Note, there's no mention of the Scooter Libby trial, which is a huge deal. So huge the New York Times buried it on page A10 (I've learned over the past few years that the bigger the story, the deeper major newspapers bury it). Zero coverage by the AP today.
So, while I love the news delivery system, I look forward to a day when the Wii News Channel is more like Google News, offering us news from as many sources as they can find. Fill up my globe, Nintendo!
Clearly the AP has listened to me, as there are now a few reports from both Africa and Iraq. Perhaps I jumped the gun and the system is still working out some kinks