Coverage of the war…

May 5, 2004
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…. depends on who’s side you’re on. A Lebanese editor’s commentary, linked at editorsweblog.org.

In this time of war, both the US and Arab media mirror and pander to their public opinions, reflect and promote a rising tide of patriotic sentiment, stereotype and sometimes demonize the other and resolutely and irresponsibly refuse to probe the underlying reasons for the mass sentiments of the other side. The Arab media have done a poor job of explaining why Americans support their government’s foreign policy, and US media by and large have failed to explore the full causes of why the US has been targeted by terrorists.

2 Responses to Coverage of the war…

  1. The Sanity Inspector on May 7, 2004 at 8:53 pm

    Arab newspapers operate under much more restricted rules of free speech than do American papers. Not that they’d burst into songs of praise for us if the shackles fell off or anything. But if you read an unusually candid bit of national self-criticism in an Arab paper, you know it’s because the writer enjoys some protection or favor from those in charge. Or else he’ll shortly land in trouble.

  2. KP on May 12, 2004 at 10:38 am

    “Coverage of the war…
    …. depends on who’s side you’re on.”
    Isn’t it “whose” ?
    :o)