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Thursday, September 01, 2005

What Do the Media Do When There Are No Disasters?

What do the media do when there are no disasters on which to report? The destruction wreaked by Hurricane Katrina has received constant media coverage. Not all of the reporting is extremely informative. The talking heads on television and the voices on the radio seem able to devote scant attention to any other subject, but there is only so much that can be said about the flooding, the loss of lives, the economic damage, the looting, and the other tragic results. The media must love it when a tsunami or a catastrophic hurricane comes along, or when a space shuttle explodes, or when a terrorist flies a jetliner into a building. Such events provide easy media fodder, and the news anchors, correspondents, journalists, and others have the opportunity to place their images before viewers all day long.

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