Tuesday, August 30, 2005

It's Downtown Baghdad!

This comment seems to be a little bit in poor tasts
[A] tourist from Philadelphia, stood outside and snapped pictures in amazement.

"It's[New Orleans] downtown Baghdad," the housewife said. "It's insane. I've wanted to come here for 10 years. I thought this was a sophisticated city. I guess not."
But I guess if a reporter asks for a comment you don't have to be a genius to figure out how to get in the paper...


Blogger littleboxes said...

yes, the quote may have been designed to get into the paper.

One might note, however, that if reporters were staked out in the middle of Baghdad we might also get some rather "interesting" images of chaos, poverty, and violence.

And, of course, the same arguments would ensue...there are good things happening in Baghdad but the media does not report them.

We noticed the sense of outrage conveyed by many reporters. They are never reporting from Baghdad so we just don't know how they would react when they saw that. They could realize it's a war zone and expect what they saw, or they could be appaled.

But, the comparison to Baghdad (which is incorrect, most likely) brings up an interesting report of the media's portrayal of crises.

FEMA tried its best yesterday to put a good face on a bad situation but the media would not let them. FEMA insisted they were there and handling things but reporters told viewers that they saw no FEMA staff. We wonder if the same things happens in Iraq but reporters do not report discrepancies?

Blogger Roy said...

Thanks for the comment. Too often these cheap shots are justified because they "raise issues", such as the issues you raised. This obvious attempt to frame debates is neither honest nor lucid. If you wonder out loud "We wonder if the same things happens in Iraq but reporters do not report discrepancies?" That's one thing. If you already feel one way or another and use wholly misleading analogies to influence attitudes instead of reporting facts, that's another thing.


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