Firstly, I find it hilarious that MTV is putting conditions on people to get coverage. Usually, it’s the TV station that needs to take the initiative to get the news, not the other way round.
Secondly, I agree fully with MTV’s claim that the uncivilized, stupid, naive, polluting and plain annoying new fad of burning tires has gone out of hand, and with an army which does little more than direct traffic and police too busy stuffing their face with chicken and taking bribes, any idiot with a lighter and old tire can hold an entire region hostage.
However, as a TV station, it’s in their interest, if not their moral obligation, to cover the reality of things. Choosing to turn a blind eye to something you don’t like, is like a 5 year old child putting his hands on his ears and shouting at the top of his lungs till whatever he’s mad about it is gone.
What’s worse, is that they’ve fallen into the disgusting mentality that many Lebanese share, where they seek to “hide” the bad parts and want to falsely advertise the good things. We all saw what that backwards mentality did with the Jeita N7W issue: we lost way too much money and were so embarrassed that with all the fuss and extreme coverage and badgering of people for weeks leading up to the results, the whole of Lebanon acted as if the N7W scam never happened the next day.
Covering reality is what we’re supposed to do. Adding opinion is completely up to them, but choosing to leave out certain things you don’t like is both wrong in principle and also bad for business. If something’s happening and MTV isn’t covering it, while AlJadeed for example is, screw MTV, I’ll switch to AlJadeed and watch it there. That’s because unless you’re a die-hard politically active person, you don’t really feel loyal to a particular TV station, you just want the content. So, choosing to leave out juicy contact like that, for boring press conferences or whatever they consider as civilized, is bad for business.
Especially when MTV have a knack of being at the right place at the right time, getting live coverage of many events when other stations would be airing Syrian-dubbed Turkish soap operas, or that retard selling Jujuba with men with belly-rings.
So, please MTV Lebanon, stop being a teta who is sheltering us from the truth and do your jobs. No need to give them extra attention, but removing coverage is a bit narrow-minded. I guess including them in the newshours at night would be sufficient, but it would be bad for business, and credibility, if you overlook a breaking news piece deliberately, I might be watching your programing before my flight, and wouldn’t know some imbeciles closed the airport road. I’d miss my flight for nothing!