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Posted 4/15/13 , edited 4/16/13
So as you probably know or will soon, there have been explosions which were most likely bombs that went off at the Boston Marathon, killing 3 and injuring 100 or so more. Terrible act of terrorism and my thoughts go out to all those involved. And if you are religious please pray for them as well.

Edit: My original point was to discuss why there was more coverage of this attack over the many attacks in the middle east, but now with further understanding, forget that and just give your thoughts, respects, and prayers to those affected in Boston and around the world. Please refrain from making political statements or jokes.
Posted 4/15/13
America covers America. That's just how it works. It's fucked up but people don't really care, as it's not affecting them.

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OP: Do you really think other countries spend all day covering news events from the US? No they don't and it would be silly to expect them too, just like its silly to expect agencies to spend all day covering news elsewhere when such a tragedy as this happens.
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Posted 4/15/13 , edited 4/15/13

kitsuneshoujo wrote:

OP: Do you really think other countries spend all day covering news events from the US? No they don't and it would be silly to expect them too, just like its silly to expect agencies to spend all day covering news elsewhere when such a tragedy as this happens.


I saw immediately BBC had it front page on their website and many uk celebrities tweeting about it. That is what made me think about this.

Like here is my point exactly. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/

Front page Boston coverage. But further down the page in the list of links there is a story about bombings in Iraq killing 31 this morning. This is BBC not american news.
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Posted 4/15/13 , edited 4/15/13
It's sad seeing all these clueless, stupid, and uneducated kids laughing at the news/explosions and joking about the deaths/injuries.

Also, it depends on what news you follow.

I follow the Associated Press wire and I get basically all the world news immediately if I want it. and again, America does report about America. A lot of countries also follow U.S. stories a lot.. so it doesn't matter. Reuters follows US news as close as the US reporters do. And celebrities are celebrities, idk why anyone should care for them if they read the same news we do.

The focus should be that the stories WERE reported, not when they were. You're not going to save the world if you found out 10 hours earlier.
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Posted 4/15/13 , edited 4/15/13
The reason I believe that we don't report much on bombings in the middle east is because it's not that uncommon anymore. Bombing used to be all over the news back in the early 2000s iirc (I was fairly young so my memories could be mistaken). whereas a bombing in the US hasn't happened in quite some time now, so it's "new." At least that's how I view it.
I hope a speedy recovery to the injured and may the dead rest in peace.
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Gyava wrote:

It's sad seeing all these clueless, stupid, and uneducated kids laughing at the news/explosions and joking about the deaths/injuries.

Also, it depends on what news you follow.

I follow the Associated Press wire and I get basically all the world news immediately if I want it. and again, America does report about America. A lot of countries also follow U.S. stories a lot.. so it doesn't matter. Reuters follows US news as close as the US reporters do. And celebrities are celebrities, idk why anyone should care for them if they read the same news we do.

The focus should be that the stories WERE reported, not when they were. You're not going to save the world if you found out 10 hours earlier.


The reason I included celebrity tweets is because it shows that they are making a big deal out of this, (rightfully so it is a terrible tragedy) but they do nothing about the other events. Why is this? And the speed of which it is reported is a sign of how big of a story it is being made.
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But when there is a suicide bombing in the middle east where dozens of people are killed and many more injured, it is nothing more than a side note, maybe getting about 20 seconds of coverage. Am I the only one that finds this almost disturbing?


The truth isn't pretty.
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Posted 4/15/13 , edited 4/15/13

heyitsthatguy wrote:


Gyava wrote:

It's sad seeing all these clueless, stupid, and uneducated kids laughing at the news/explosions and joking about the deaths/injuries.

Also, it depends on what news you follow.

I follow the Associated Press wire and I get basically all the world news immediately if I want it. and again, America does report about America. A lot of countries also follow U.S. stories a lot.. so it doesn't matter. Reuters follows US news as close as the US reporters do. And celebrities are celebrities, idk why anyone should care for them if they read the same news we do.

The focus should be that the stories WERE reported, not when they were. You're not going to save the world if you found out 10 hours earlier.


The reason I included celebrity tweets is because it shows that they are making a big deal out of this, (rightfully so it is a terrible tragedy) but they do nothing about the other events. Why is this? And the speed of which it is reported is a sign of how big of a story it is being made.


Because celebrities are human like us, and they also pay attention to big stories and tweet about big stories. I doubt that most of them will be looking over old news or going through world news to tweet about the constant deaths of Syrians, the election of Chavez's heir, and the number of deaths before Iraq's new voting of their President.

From AP, I get stories about deaths, bombings, and terrorist actions almost an hour after the events actually happened. You can't have it better than that. If you're asking for faster news in foreign countries, especially ones where it is dangerous to report at times, then it's just selfish and you're not giving any thought to the reporting/news system.

For example, I've seen more North Korean news for the past two weeks than domestic news in the U.S. on most news reporting companies. However, I've also seen lots of things about bombings in foreign countries as well. The lag between the time of being at the event and actually publishing/reporting it officially needs translating and verification of good sources which tends to be difficult most of the time.

To me, the news companies are doing enough already as they can. If you're not seeing big news in foreign countries, you can always just go to the foreign networks and go to Translate to English on Chrome/Firefox - that is, if you care THAT much. I hear things from my mother about South Korea that I would have never known, even if it is big news to them. There are things that American reporters alone can't grasp altogether and then report. It's just too much. That's why there are big stories on big news reporting companies, especially American ones if they are American.

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Also, the suicide bombings in the middle east you speak of can be "side notes" in the news that you read. That just tells you that you should find an actually reliable source. I recommend AP. I see everything with this babe.
Posted 4/15/13
News is covered based on reader expectation, what is the reader more interested in? If you want to point this out to people and the media it would still be insignificant.
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As the world turns, so do the days of our lives... bzzzzzt.

There's plenty of sensational things that happen every day but rarely get that kind of coverage. Today I read about a cat who was shot in the eye with a paintball gun.

As for the subject here, it kind leaves Boston with egg on its face to have several bombs go off right at the finish line, of all places. And regardless of the coverage, making fun of the death, dismemberment, and injury of the people involved is just showing how juvenile you are.
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Posted 4/15/13 , edited 4/15/13

Gyava wrote:


heyitsthatguy wrote:


Gyava wrote:

It's sad seeing all these clueless, stupid, and uneducated kids laughing at the news/explosions and joking about the deaths/injuries.

Also, it depends on what news you follow.

I follow the Associated Press wire and I get basically all the world news immediately if I want it. and again, America does report about America. A lot of countries also follow U.S. stories a lot.. so it doesn't matter. Reuters follows US news as close as the US reporters do. And celebrities are celebrities, idk why anyone should care for them if they read the same news we do.

The focus should be that the stories WERE reported, not when they were. You're not going to save the world if you found out 10 hours earlier.


The reason I included celebrity tweets is because it shows that they are making a big deal out of this, (rightfully so it is a terrible tragedy) but they do nothing about the other events. Why is this? And the speed of which it is reported is a sign of how big of a story it is being made.


Because celebrities are human like us, and they also pay attention to big stories and tweet about big stories. I doubt that most of them will be looking over old news or going through world news to tweet about the constant deaths of Syrians, the election of Chavez's heir, and the number of deaths before Iraq's new voting of their President.

From AP, I get stories about deaths, bombings, and terrorist actions almost an hour after the events actually happened. You can't have it better than that. If you're asking for faster news in foreign countries, especially ones where it is dangerous to report at times, then it's just selfish and you're not giving any thought to the reporting/news system.

For example, I've seen more North Korean news for the past two weeks than domestic news in the U.S. on most news reporting companies. However, I've also seen lots of things about bombings in foreign countries as well. The lag between the time of being at the event and actually publishing/reporting it officially needs translating and verification of good sources which tends to be difficult most of the time.

To me, the news companies are doing enough already as they can. If you're not seeing big news in foreign countries, you can always just go to the foreign networks and go to Translate to English on Chrome/Firefox - that is, if you care THAT much. I hear things from my mother about South Korea that I would have never known, even if it is big news to them. There are things that American reporters alone can't grasp altogether and then report. It's just too much. That's why there are big stories on big news reporting companies, especially American ones if they are American.

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Also, the suicide bombings in the middle east you speak of can be "side notes" in the news that you read. That just tells you that you should find an actually reliable source. I recommend AP. I see everything with this babe.

I agree with you, but I don't like the fact that I agree with you is what I think I'm trying to say overall. Also you mentioned kids laughing and making fun of this event. Where did you see this? That is awful.
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What I'm ultimately trying to say is, is that there are good sources that report quickly. If you're interested in World News as much as I am, then I can give you good ones that cover just that - World News.

The thing that I'm trying to avoid to say because it is inevitable in the end is that people don't really give a damn about foreign news unless it affects them/their country in some way. It's sad, yes.. but the big news reporters reflect off of just that. They report things that people like to see, and then kind of just push in the little news to the side for those who actually care.

I guess I missed the big point of what you were trying to say, so sorry about that. It does bother me too, but the only thing that we can do is find World News and be informed.
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there's already internet memes (jokes) posted about the tragedy.

pathetic.
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rotisserie wrote:

there's already internet memes (jokes) posted about the tragedy.

pathetic.


There are sometimes where I really want to just ignore the first amendment and restrict those people from such things. It's more pathetic that they won't learn how stupid and worthless they are until they become very old.
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