Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Two Versions of the News

Here's CNN's morning news for Wed August 24, 2011:

Gadhafi sends a message; rebels say they're in control

Gadhafi men won't let reporters out

Battle still looms after Gadhafi
Zakaria: New era in U.S. foreign policy
How credible are rebel leaders?
Keys to bright future | Or 'nightmare'

Irene strengthens, aims at U.S. | Tracker

9/11 families to be briefed on hacking

Casey Anthony must serve probation

Stocks set to open lower  CNNMoney

Syrian activists form 'national council'

DSK's team not worried about civil suit

Ticker: Palin content to wait?

Mayor runs city from hospital bed

Male bisexuality real, science says

Jay Bakker: 'I thought God hated me'

D.C. sights checked for quake damage


Economy hurts Labor Day travel plans
Bus explodes on first day of school

'Speak English' shop owner dies

Jews torn on Beck's Jerusalem rally

Pat Summitt has dementia, will coach

Facebook sets up privacy like Google+

Winehouse: Report shows alcohol

When kids ask same-sex questions

Jeweler's pooch eats $10,000 in diamonds

Now for the BBC today:

Rebels pushing to secure Tripoli

Kim Jong-il in rare Russia talks

Earthquake strikes US east coast

Tax us more, France's rich say

Alaska mother abused adopted son

Eleven killed in Australia blaze

Irene strengthens over Caribbean

West pushes for Syria sanctions

CNN doesn't mention the fact that France's rich ASK to be taxed more. The details are lluminating:

"Sixteen executives, including Europe's richest woman, the L'Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt, offered in an open letter to pay a "special contribution" in a spirit of 'solidarity'.

It was signed by some of France's most high-profile chief executives, including Christophe de Margerie of oil firm Total, Frederic Oudea of bank Societe Generale, and Air France's Jean-Cyril Spinetta.

They said: "We, the presidents and leaders of industry, businessmen and women, bankers and wealthy citizens would like the richest people to have to pay a 'special contribution'.

"They said they had benefited from the French system and that: 'When the public finances deficit and the prospects of a worsening state debt threaten the future of France and Europe and when the government is asking everybody for solidarity, it seems necessary for us to contribute.'

They warned, however, that the contribution should not be so severe that it would provoke an exodus of the rich or increased tax avoidance.

The move follows a call by US billionaire investor Warren Buffett for higher taxes on the American ultra-rich."

The BBC couldn't resist adding this final caveat, which tries to detract from the French wealthy's message: "That they are part of a culture which since 1789 been concerned with solidarity."

Even with respect to human interest, the BBC range includes many countries, while on CNN, it's all about us - and our politicians.

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