Thursday, September 18, 2014

Another journalist murdered--Fair coverage?

Read this story about a woman Afghan journalist stabbed to death, in today's New York Times.

Do American media give too much coverage to the deaths of American journalssts and not enough to others? Why? Comment below b y 5 pm Monday, Sept. 22.

11 comments:

  1. I feel as though America does focus more so on the American journalist deaths, but I don’t necessarily think it’s wrong. Of course our country is going to focus more on our citizens than others. Just like other countries are going to be more concerned with their citizens than other countries’ citizens.

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  2. I think that rightfully so, American media focuses more on the deaths of American journalists. However, being kind of the rest of the world's big brother, I think it is important to cover as many journalist deaths as possible. It would be a more effective way of conveying how serious the situation has become. I do think it would be nearly impossible to report ALL deaths and disappearances, as we saw in class there are hundreds, but someone needs to shed light on what is going on. Yet, I don't think we should give ISIS too much power by focusing soley on them.

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  3. I agree that American news is mostly focused on its own citizens when reporting the deaths of journalists. I don't think it is intended to slight other countries, but just naturally happens that way. However, it gives a better point of view on the danger in the Middle East to know that it's not just "our guys" dying for journalism. I think it would be good for news to mention this more often, and let people know how heavy a problem this is. Especially with James Foley's death being so fresh, this is something we should be talking about, and trying to stop.

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  4. I do agree that American news focuses on the American journalist. This is because we live in America. I personally don't think that they intend to be bias. It probably would be good to mention the others as well, for they are just as equal, but I do not think that American media focuses solely on them.

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  5. I don't think there is anything wrong with America focusing on American journalists. I think that it is something that is going to get our interests and they are doing a good job of that. It's only natural that we would focus on our own people. I do think it is important that they focus on other journalists as well because it is also important to know what is going on when it pertains to other countries.

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  6. Well, it's obvious that American media doesn't just cover American journalists' deaths, as this article is proof of that. But I do think that they put more emphasis on the deaths of American journalists than others, and I can understand why. They do this because it pertains to America. It is someone from America that died, and thus they would focus more on that. It hits home to Americans who read these stories.

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  7. We do tend to focus on American deaths. I don't think it is a bad thing. I do think it is a bad thing when we only focus on American deaths. They are our countrymen so it does hit home when you hear of a death, but that shouldn't be the reason that we care. It should be shocking even if it wasn't an American life.

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  8. Yes American media give too much coverage to the deaths of american journalists and not enough to others. It is normal and there is nothing wrong with that but i personally believe It is very important that the media here and everywhere should care about the deaths of both domestic and foreign journalists even if not equally. why? it's very simple...because the deaths of other journalists anywhere in the world is very important to the families of our journalists here who have beloved ones such as Foley doing their jobs overseas. covering the deaths of other journalists may help some journalists here override considering dangerous jobs else where or at least considering other safer ways to do their jobs. i hope you got my point.

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    1. As for the Why answer? It is normal that we as human beings usually think of people who are more like us than not...and it is normal that we care more about people closer to us than "others". So i would expect that the media here would care more about American journalists than europeans for example...and more about european journalists than let's say african, middle-eastern, or Asian ones , etc. and the same goes for other media everywhere in the world.

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  9. I think there is a slight excess of showing the death of American journalists, however "appropriate" it is to get this extreme kind of news into the peoples minds. My closest friend is a teacher and for 9/11 she just showed video tapes of the news coverage of 9/11. The middle school kids were frightened, any of them burst into tears at what was going on. My friend (the teacher) almost started crying, feeling bad for what she was showing these kids. Is that the kind of society we want to produce? Holding nothing back from the public? No censorship whatsoever? When the BTK killer went around killing innocent women, should the cameras have broadcast their bodies on all newstations? This is ridiculous to me and I would definitely hate to be the family or friends of anyone who has their death broadcast on CNN. The people can find out through many other ways other than just watching it happen. Many events in history did not have to be actually broadcast in order for the people to have a deep understanding of what was going on.

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  10. I do believe that American media focuses more on the deaths of American citizens over seas. It hits closer to home knowing it is one of our own than hearing about someone from a different country. I don't think it is meant to be bias, necessarily, it just seems that there is a lot of hate over there for Americans and they are very much targets. Not to say that the deaths of journalists from other countries don't matter, because they matter just as much and should definitely be covered.

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