Thursday, 12 March 2009

A Tale of Two Stories

Over the last 24 hours there have been two shooting sprees, one in Alabama in which ten people died and another in Germany, in which 16 school students died.

Both are horrific. But it's interesting to see how The Dominion Post, Wellington's daily newspaper (for foreigners) reports the stories.

For the shootings in Alabama: a good half of the front cover of the "World" section taken up by this story, including three photos of the crime scenes, eyewitness accounts and detail of the events and perpetrator.

For the shootings in Germany: 10cm of one column used for this story, some of which was used for discussing previous school shootings in Germany. Although 9 people had died when the shootings had occurred and the story was newer, the German shooting spree was far more brutal.

It would seem that this is just an attempt to make the US seem worse.

1 comment:

Justin Gregoire said...

Usually the mainstream media here in the U.S. likes to portray us as the worst nation on the face of the planet. I'm beginning to think that it's just a way for them to sell their progressive agenda.