Friday afternoon news is the kind of news that seeps out towards the end of the working week in the hopes that nobody will notice. Generally speaking, nobody does. It doesn’t even have to be the afternoon for it to be the kind of thing called Friday afternoon news, but if you’re like me, you are, by time said hours have rolled around:
1) tired, very tired — you might party or something tonight, but right now, you are tired.
2) bored — whatever constructive things to be done at work have been done
3) thinking of little but sleeping in on Saturday morning
This presents the opportunity for interested parties — via the media or on their own — to report things in the hopes that nobody will exactly notice. Alternately something might be a very good story to report that gets nowhere precisely because it is Friday afternoon news.
So Al Gore getting the Nobel, that’s news, but Friday afternoon news is more what Belgravia Dispatch notes briefly earlier today. As he says, “Can you imagine Kissinger or Baker or Schultz getting such treatment? Then again, the international community respected them as competent practitioners….” (I’m not so in love with the joys of straight up ‘if only we were Bismarck’ power politicking as Greg D. is but the larger point about the perceived stature of the current officeholders and who they represent is clear.)
Another bit of Friday afternoon news:
Blackwater USA guards shot at Iraqi civilians as they tried to drive away from a Baghdad square on Sept. 16, according to a report compiled by the first U.S. soldiers to arrive at the scene, where they found no evidence that Iraqis had fired weapons.
“It appeared to me they were fleeing the scene when they were engaged. It had every indication of an excessive shooting,” said Lt. Col. Mike Tarsa, whose soldiers reached Nisoor Square 20 to 25 minutes after the gunfire subsided.
His soldiers’ report — based upon their observations at the scene, eyewitness interviews and discussions with Iraqi police — concluded that there was “no enemy activity involved” and described the shootings as a “criminal event.” Their conclusions mirrored those reached by the Iraqi government, which has said the Blackwater guards killed 17 people.
But it’s Friday afternoon. Why bother? Why care?