so I thought the top part of this article by Howard Kurtz was pretty interesting, about major news organizations (as they say it on TV) like CBS giving short shrift to international stories. Some reasons given by editors include too many foreign names and the general public supposedly not knowing who different ethnic groups are (i.e. the Kurds).

In other news, I realized I don't know what a shrift is, so I looked it up. Apparently it's another word for confession at a church, so if you are given short shrift then you aren't fully confessed, or whatever they call it when the priest forgives your sins. Here's an article about the phrase. Interesting stuff.

1 comment:

shesbitter said...

ha maybe it's a southern thing . . . i heard short shrift a lot growing up.

btw, thanks for the info on jennifer 8 lee a while back. very interesting!