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Future TV: “Full Coverage of the American Elections”

Posted by adiamondinsunlight on November 5, 2008

If yesterday was like Christmas, today is like New Year’s Day: full of promise and a different kind of anticipation. Thank you, John McCain and Barack Obama, for giving speeches that reflected the kind of courageous leadership and commitment to country that you both share.

I spent a lot of time watching the Arabic channels last night – once I started, I was too addicted to stop. And most of the channels had excellent coverage (which I will post about tomorrow.

As for Future TV, whose advertisement promising “full coverage” of the election I mentioned yesterday, here’s what I saw when I turned the channel on around 7:15:


That’s right: a musalsal (soap opera).

And here’s what I saw about an hour later:


Another musalsal. In this scene, the man is listening to a threat that has been recorded onto that most modern of technologies: a Walkman:


And finally, as the Midwestern states started reporting returns, a lively episode of Khallik bil Beit:


Did Future think the election was scheduled for another night?


3 Responses to “Future TV: “Full Coverage of the American Elections””

  1. smk said

    Glad I didn’t sit home to watch Future’s wonderful coverage of the election! I opted for the City streets and enjoyed sights such as this . . . http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qRQN5A0Gho8

  2. cfw said

    hi dear, the ad you saw was actually for al-akhbariya — future news, not regular future tv.

    at least since future’s 24-hr news station opened, future tv seems to stick to regularly scheduled programming — several times i’ve been surprised to see soaps on even during reasonably significant breaking news events here in lebanon! kind of a bizarre strategy, IMO 🙂

  3. Smk, I’m glad you were out and about as well. Great video clip – I’m sure its been a while since the national anthem was sung in the East Village!

    Cfw, you are so right – totally my error. Thank you for your careful reading, and happy belated birthday to you!

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