Thursday, October 2, 2008

Blog post questions media coverage choices

This post at the blog Bitch, Ph.D. has a musing on Eid-al-Fitr, including a reference to a news story about a mosque in Dayton, OH, where some sprayed an irritating gas into the mosque nursery during prayers.

The end of the post, which analyzes the play of the story is more interesting:

"A Google News Search-culled sample of some of the news outlets that have covered the story: BeliefNet, Huffington Post, Israeli News, Wisconsin,, DemocracyNow, and a handful of local Ohio outlets. Notice anything? Not a single major outlet. Not the New York Times, the Washington Post, CNN, or even the Trib.

It's disgusting. I'd wager a week's pay with you that if someone sprayed an irritant gas into a church or a synagogue or a g-d (edited) Girl Scouts meeting, where children were hurt, it would be a "story" for at least one day. But here, the story is inconvenient. Hell, all those Muslims just go around killing each other anyway, right? Isn't that what they're doing in Iraq?"

No comments: