COMMENTS: LACK OF PEACE AND GOODWILL
While Christians all over the globe celebrated the birthday of their Prince of Peace, CBS led its Christmas newscast with the US military occupation in Iraq. Soldiers may sing Silent Night and dress up in red Santa Claus hats in Baghdad but they are still under attack. ABC chose a more traditional lead as its way to cover the Story of the Day--a round-up from the Vatican and soup kitchens and Christmas trees around the nation. NBC decided on no news at all, broadcasting NFL football instead.
ABC's Lisa Stark (no link) focused on the celebrations: "a day to rejoice," she called it. CBS' Bill Whitaker followed Mammon instead. "Santa was carrying a mixed bag for America's retailers." Online commerce boomed as did consumer electronics. Luxury items sold well too: "If you had the cachet, you heard the ka-ching." And yes, Whitaker really did say that for discount stores, the season was "ho-ho-hum."
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