Thursday, June 8, 2006

UN Resolution: Nielsen Ratings must be increased

Mark Malloch Brown, Deputy Secretary of the United Nations, inadvertently but quite consummately demonstrated the fundamental problem with the UN when he addressed the Century Foundation and Center for American Progress Tuesday:

… And today, on a very wide number of areas, from Lebanon and Afghanistan to Syria, Iran and the Palestinian issue, the US is constructively engaged with the UN. But that is not well known or understood, in part because much of the public discourse that reaches the US heartland has been largely abandoned to its loudest detractors such as Rush Limbaugh and Fox News. That is what I mean by “stealth” diplomacy: the UN’s role is in effect a secret in Middle America even as it is highlighted in the Middle East and other parts of the world. [Emphasis added.]
It can be characteristic only of an authoritarian-minded and unaccountable government body that uncontrolled public discourse could be so contemptible, for by "abandoned" that is precisely what he means. In the unelected bureaucracy-seeped mind, leaving public discourse in the hands of, well, a public that is free to enjoy its own consumer choice of media can only be conceived of as a perfidious political counter-strategy of control itself, "stealth diplomacy." Absence of control is simply unimaginable… but, more importantly, it is simply antagonistic to the intentions of the UN. But here's an idea: with the mass of illicit wealth the UN has at its disposal, surely they could try buying favourable media coverage in the US and see for itself how many people willingly tune in.

Needless to say, "[t]he secretary-general stands by the statements made by his deputy."