In the past week and a half, the national and international print media have dramatically ratcheted up their coverage of the Laura Ling–Euna Lee situation. It began with an article in the Monday, May 11th international editions of @WSJ and was followed just a few hours later by the release from Iran of imprisoned freelance journalist Roxana Saberi.
On the other hand, the amount of U.S. network and cable TV coverage of the Ling–Lee situation remains scant. Save for a few vocal champions such as MSNBC’s @Maddow, news programs and even daytime talk shows with strong ties to Laura’s sister @LisaLing (e.g. @TheViewTV, @Oprah) have remained silent. That needs to change.
With a June 4th Pyongyang trial looming and summer’s first big holiday
weekend just around the corner, now is the time for as many Americans as possible to be motivated to act. A “Hot Topic” discussion on The View of how people can make their voices heard with regards to the Ling–Lee situation could do wonders.
We’re not suggesting that the Fox News Channel turn the detainment of two American citizens in North Korea into a daily opportunity to bash @BarackObama. But at this very critical juncture, a more prominent mix of Laura Ling–Euna Lee focused TV reporting would help educate and inspire the masses.