Finn dAbuzz wrote:
Because MSNBC has a greater degree of coverage of the Hatian earthquake than Fox, doesn't mean that the degree of Fox coverage is inadequate or inappropriate.
I've not said it's inadequate. But I do think there is a political reason for their popular shows giving it short shrift, and the reason is because many on the far right oppose our involvement in Haiti. Glen Beck has criticized Obama for paying more attention to this than the attempted airline bombing in December and the differences in coverage are political in nature.
Who has called it an non-event?
Hawkeye said it wasn't newsworthy enough for more than 10 minutes of news coverage, which is ridiculous.
And I'm sorry Robert but Americans are going to be more concerned with an American catastrophe than a foreign one. I don't know why you find this so unseemly. It's perfectly natural.
This is perfectly normal, but usually when the scale of the death reaches certain points national lines usually become less important and the sheer scale of death brings people together.
So when 5 people are killed in Haiti it may not be newsworthy at all in the US (though it would certainly lead the news if it was your hometown) and this is normal. But their death toll is at 70,000 and may reach as high as 200,000. How many single events in all of human history can you name where more than 70,000 people lost their lives?
I bet you can't even name 5 without some research. And this is the perspective I think some here have lacked. This is death on a scale that you can find little to compare with and those who dismiss it as lacking in "newsworthiness" lack any sense of historical perspective about such matters.