The United Nations rarely gets any in-depth coverage from the networks--let alone positive press. This week when Secretary General Kofi Annan made his farewell speech and his successor Bon Ki-Moon was sworn in, both events were mentioned only in passing.
So NBC's Making a Difference feature by Ann Curry really was different. Curry, who has become the network news champion of Darfur coverage, singled out the UN's chief humanitarian, Jan Egeland, for praise. He designated the Darfur fighting as "ethnic cleansing" early on and attracted criticism from George Bush's White House when he called aid contributions "stingy." Curry noted that after Egeland made his unusually outspoken criticism, US aid increased.
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