Monday, 18 March 2019

Medai bias

Jolo Cathedral in the Philippines.

This Sunday, no doubt like many others I felt I had to speak about the massacre in New Zealand. An appalling event.

However,tragically not unique. It is strange though, what the western media chooses to focus on. 

Also, recently in Nigeria 120 Christians were slaughtered by Fulani Muslim militants in the Kaduna state of Nigeria. Not much mention of this in the British press.

Also, 20 dead and 111 hurt in the bombing of a Cathedral in the Philippines during Sunday Mass. Not much mention of this in the British press.

Could it possibly be that our western liberal media, so politically correct, thinks that non-western lives don't matter as much as western ones? Surely not, with all its support of nondiscriminatory reporting and liberal values.

And yet...

The liberal media have covered with ongoing detail the alleged outrage of "white saviour syndrome" when presenter Stacey Dooley was pictured holding an African baby for a Comic Relief effort. This is surely a minor issue compared with the massacres mentioned above, so why so little mention of them. Where is the outrage? The media holds itself up as a paragon of evenhanded virtue but this is far from the truth.

Seems to me respect for non-western peoples and countries is all talk. The coverage speaks for itself. There is a terrible bias in the media. It doesn't have to resort to fake news, it can just ignore the bits that don't fit it's agenda.

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