At a press conference at the United Nations today, Council member Eric Gioia accused the major television networks of inadequately covering China's role in the ongoing violence in the Darfur region of Sudan. China sells weapons to the Sudanese government and is the country's largest purchaser of oil. The International Criminal Court recently charged Sudan's president, Omar Hassan al-Bashir, with genocide.
Council Member Wants Olympic Balance From NBC
"NBC does not stand alone in not publicizing the crisis in Darfur, but NBC does have a unique opportunity to highlight China's role," Mr. Gioia said today. "That is why during the Olympic coverage this should be something they are talking about."
If only the Doorman was this concerned and passionate about the crises in his own local district. Why was he at the U.N. yesterday on council time addressing TV coverage of a sporting event in another country? Perhaps he needs a reminder that the 26th Council District is what he gets paid to serve.