If you can read this, either the style sheet didn't load or you have an older browser that doesn't support style sheets. Try clearing your browser cache and refreshing the page.

(choiresicha.com)   Do Tsunami headlines reflect bias in media? Or are they just making this crap up? Most likely the latter   (choiresicha.com) divider line 121
    More: Interesting  
•       •       •

22416 clicks; posted to Main » on 31 Dec 2004 at 4:37 PM (9 years ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



121 Comments   (+0 »)
   

Archived thread

First | « | 1 | 2 | 3 | » | Last | Show all
 
2004-12-31 03:06:34 PM
Only if you approach them looking for bias.
 
2004-12-31 03:09:39 PM
Haven't seen any bias yet today myself...
 
2004-12-31 03:11:06 PM
Yes, they're clearly biased towards large text and capitalizing the first letter of most words.
 
2004-12-31 03:22:56 PM
Yes, and it's all Bill Gates' and Bush's fault.

/satire
 
2004-12-31 03:24:24 PM
lunchinlewis is usually right on but I think he missed it this time by adding Gates' name.
 
2004-12-31 03:45:55 PM
Seems like all headlines reflect some sort of bias. Headlines are, of course, designed to draw the reader into the story and rely on drama or intrigue to grab your attention. With media and entertainment intermingling so much more every day, it's hard to pare down the facts and truth. I gave this up a long time ago. That's why I love Fark!
 
2004-12-31 03:50:56 PM
I really didn't see any bias... although those headlines about money slowly getting there are pretty stupid. The first thing I would be thinking after a tragedy like that is not "Where's the money?"

Do you think the US will ever see a dime of that $350B in return.. absolutely not. Do you think we would ask... no way. But I guess we are stingy with our money still.
 
2004-12-31 03:55:23 PM
I dont see how the media can be biased on this issue, maybe they are little shortsighted by bashing the US about aid and blowing a UN official's comments out of proportion. Do they not realize this is not something that can be fixed by dropping $1 billion into an account and all is well?

Poorly worded, absolutely. Tidal wave of relief?!

What's next.. Flood Of Large Donations Crashing Into Thailand; Sri Lankins Drowning in Love Sent From People All Over.

I give the media about 2.5 weeks and from then on.. you will barely hear about this tsunami.
 
2004-12-31 04:02:23 PM
I'll tell you one thing that bugged the hell out of me. Yesterday CNN ran some stupid segment about a fault under NYC and how people there are living on the brink of disaster. How farking distasteful.
 
2004-12-31 04:06:28 PM
The problem is, we can pour $2 billion dollars into relief and on our end it looks like we're pouring it on thick.

But for the vitcims, it takes awhile for that to be turned into medicine, food, shelter, clean water, and manpower. It's going to take awhile for it to be put to good use.

So our end: Relief POURS out.

Their end: Relief slowly trickles in.

Not bias, it just takes real people moving real stuff to get it to work. It's like being written a check for $50 write before a 3 day weekend. You've got the check, the money is as good as yours, but you can't exactly spend it on anything. Especially if you're out in the middle of the Mojave desert without a bank in sight.
 
2004-12-31 04:13:25 PM
Tucker Carlson was on CNN worrying about the Hamptons being hit with a tsunami (wonkette).

The NYPost runs white people suffering at the hands of the tsunami (bonus points: the trucker hat says "FOX" on it)
(Death Wave).

The Washington Post wants us to sympathize with this person: "Disaster struck with no warning out of a faultlessly clear blue sky. I was taking my morning swim around the island that my brother Geoffrey, a businessman, had bought on a whim a decade ago and turned into a tropical paradise 200 yards from one of the world's most beautiful beaches."
"We have no water and no electricity and are cut off from the rest of Sri Lanka. It is impossible to buy food. We are existing on cold ham and turkey sandwiches, leftovers from Christmas dinner."

Good thing there were so many white people vacationing there -- otherwise we might have to identify with brown people!
 
2004-12-31 04:21:27 PM
ProfessorK, on that Post article, the writer was a Post staff reporter I think. They ran that story on the front page the next day. How could you not run a story like that?

/don't usually defend the Post.
 
2004-12-31 04:43:33 PM
You read the news?
 
2004-12-31 04:45:58 PM
Bush is still going to spend around $5 million more on his inauguration ceremony than he has doled out in tsunami relief aid.
 
2004-12-31 04:46:51 PM
I blame 9.0 Quakes..

/Shaken off the bad news
 
2004-12-31 04:47:13 PM
I can do that, but I don't wanna
 
2004-12-31 04:48:04 PM
what was the point of that story?

/no, seriosuly.
 
2004-12-31 04:49:02 PM
"seriosuly" = "seriously", except with a bit more bias.

/sigh
 
2004-12-31 04:50:18 PM
Kikii
Don't you mean coronation ceremony?
 
2004-12-31 04:51:56 PM
I think they reflect bias - consider the following headlines:

1. From the republican-controlled Utah Bee:

Aid recipients see progress in delivery on pledges

2. From the democrat-controlled Washington Sentinel:

Greedy Republithugs too busy assaulting the environment with their SUVs to give aid to the families of the 30 million people killed in tsunami
 
2004-12-31 04:53:25 PM
If TheRealist: and StomachMonkey: wrote for the newspapers, the newspaper stories, like this thread, would be done. And then newspapers wouldn't make any more money.

Question: What the fark is that site? I think Mozilla butchered the page a bit. But still, what's the point. Is it some random news blog, or does it have some agenda?
 
2004-12-31 04:57:04 PM
Ah, the first instance of the media splashing about in it's own jizz.
 
2004-12-31 04:58:14 PM
personally, i'd love to see how al-jezeera is protraying the americans who are in muslim indonesia doing what they can to save lives and mitigate suffering.

when one asks about media bias, its important to ask 'what media.'

the european media probably will join in with their u.n. cronies and consider the u.s. stingy regardless of what we do. the u.s. press will probably say that we are generous despite the fact that george bush is scheming with karl rove to allow the afflicted to starve.

i'm wondering when the muslim suicide bombers start blowing themselves up to try to keep the americans from helping people in need.

yea, the media has bias. however 'the media' is a wildly disparate group.
 
2004-12-31 04:59:01 PM
Submitter here (yay)

Before anyone bashes me for such a crappy link, I just want to compare these two.

RELIEF POURS IN
RELIEF ARRIVES SLOWLY

Well, which one is it?
 
2004-12-31 05:01:34 PM
Kikii

I really don't want to defend Bush, but the US government has now pledged $350 million in disaster aid.

US pledges $350m in tsunami aid


I think seeing most contries offer more in cash donations to help has embarassed the administration, but a 10x increase is welcomed and may inspire more to do the same.

/ but $40 million for a party, meh.
 
2004-12-31 05:05:03 PM
nerfball

personally, i'd love to see how al-jezeera is protraying the americans who are in muslim indonesia doing what they can to save lives and mitigate suffering.

Find out for yourself:
http://english.aljazeera.net/
 
2004-12-31 05:06:33 PM
Here's another question: Does anyone save newspapers from historical events? My father and sister did.

They had 1976 celebrations, a Time magazine from Live Aid, or even, 1980's retrospective stories on Kennedy and stuff like that. They're sure that by storing these random news stories, that they'd be worth something some day.

Me, I think its dumb. The paper yellows and crumbles -- this type of paper wasn't meant to be stored. There will always be another retrospective, another bigger disaster. Besides, who'll want to pay for an old magazine or newspaper -- some 2020 historian?

I dunno if anyone is hoarding these newspapers like they'll be valuable some day. Can you tell the story any different from anyone else and win yourself a Pulitzer?
 
2004-12-31 05:09:13 PM
bludstone:

I think TheRealist: and StomachMonkey: pretty much summed it up. They outghta send their resumes to CNN and Fox News, there'd be less B.S. in the news.
 
2004-12-31 05:10:31 PM
Arkcon:

I think TheRealist: and StomachMonkey: pretty much summed it up. They outghta send their resumes to CNN and Fox News, there'd be less B.S. in the news

But then they'd likely have to quit honorable, fulfilling jobs and work with a bunch of flunkies
 
2004-12-31 05:11:11 PM
I find a lot of fault with the American media (the outlets I'm most familiar with) but I applaud the covering of Bush's paltry initial offers: first $15 million, then $35 million, which were both less than is being spent on the inauguration festivities ($40 million). If that story had been buried/ignored as many other stories have been, we wouldn't be giving $350 million now.

So, yay american media for doing its job. Now, start looking at our foreign policy.

lunchinlewis -- good point. (still hate the Post)
 
2004-12-31 05:12:08 PM
rush22:

Find out for yourself:
http://english.aljazeera.net/


as expected, 'the great satan' was delinquent.

"The newly announced aid came after some critics claimed that the initial US contribution of $35 million was meagre considering the vast wealth of the nation."

when will we admit the arab states are just a sewer?
 
2004-12-31 05:12:36 PM
I remember I scolded CNN for not covering the tsunami until 6 hours later. I guess they were busy planning out the "crisis" music and a photo montage to use after every commercial break. I bet Ted Turner is watching CNN and laughing as he jerks off
 
2004-12-31 05:12:40 PM
The President doesn't read newspapers.
 
2004-12-31 05:13:52 PM
Today's Globe and Mail frontpage headline was "Relentess tide of death" with a picture of hundreds of bodies.

Seriously, I thought I had a dark sense of humor, but that's one tasteless pun I can't even laugh at.
 
2004-12-31 05:16:47 PM
Ever hear the story about the three blind men and the elephant? One feels the legs and says it's like a tree, another a snake..etc.

It's like that. The scope of this disaster so big, really big. The media (and even farkers) are used to only seeing a small bit. Is it Thiland, Indionesia or Sri Lanka, are they Moslem or Hindu? When the headlines say "Relief" what specific country are they speaking of?
 
2004-12-31 05:19:41 PM
"Bush is still going to spend around $5 million more on his inauguration ceremony than he has doled out in tsunami relief aid."

Bush spent $355 million on his inauguration?

/dont be a tard.
 
2004-12-31 05:21:49 PM
The Lewiston Tribune: "Tidal wave of relief gets moving"

OMG! UR SO CLEVR!

Also, why are these people smiling?
 
2004-12-31 05:24:36 PM
2004-12-31 04:06:28 PM StomachMonkey
Your post is a very diplomatic and reasonable explanation of the varying points of view. Stomach Monkey for President! : )

However I do think that other countries and the American media are using this opportunity for some ill-timed Bush bashing. (And believe me until now I never thought that there was a bad time for Bush bashing. I'm the one who usually calls him "the dictatorial farking midget").

I even heard a nasty comment about George sending Jeb to the tsunami areas; not because Jeb led a portion of our country through a major disaster and can bring a personal report back to the President. No, Jeb was sent because it makes him look good if he decides to run in the next election. Even if it's true, this type of sniping is awful, again ill-timed, and made me cringe to be a Democrat.

2004-12-31 04:02:23 PM lunchinlewis
I'll tell you one thing that bugged the hell out of me. Yesterday CNN ran some stupid segment about a fault under NYC and how people there are living on the brink of disaster. How farking distasteful.

As I said, I'm the last person to stick up for George, but I was listening to the press conference on the radio. Someone had the gall to ask him, do we have any type of warning in place for California or West Coast residents.

I was thinking: How the hell would George Bush know at that farking second if warnings are in place for a potential California tsunami and what a dumb*ss, fear-mongering type question.

I think his answer was that it was a good question and be researched in the near future, but I bet that guy never gets picked to ask a question again.
 
2004-12-31 05:25:51 PM
I haven't looked at a physical news paper in days. The NYTimes headlines have been fairly clean and unbiased. Of course, Death Toll Reaches 120,000 doesn't leave much for bias either way.
 
2004-12-31 05:26:56 PM
speaking of media bias, here is a bit of the story the media has sure chosen to ignore:

question asked to kofi annan at a new conference (yes, you are reading this correctly, the secretary general of the u.n. was STILL ON A SKIING VACATION FOR THE FIRST 72 HRS AFTER THE DISASTER OCCURRED)

Q: I think a lot of people are asking exactly why you waited three days on vacation in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, before you decided to fly back to New York in the face of this extraordinary crisis. Could you give us a full explanation of your thinking on that? Secondly, what kind of signal does that 72-hour delay send to the nations to which you are now appealing for greater help?

http://www.un.org/apps/sg/offthecuff.asp?nid=660
 
2004-12-31 05:28:41 PM
I don't think it's so much "bias" or anything like that, as much as it is the media making assumptions so they can rush ahead and get the story out first. Much like the elections of 2000, where every major news station wanted to be the first to announce the winner, and consequently, at the end, a bunch of them ended up retracting articles and such.

If you give a reporter a little bit of info on such a hot story like that, they're going to make assumptions rather than waiting for the full story then releasing it 3 days after everybody else. Better to guess it correctly sooner than to say it definitively later.

ProfessorK: That sucks that Toys 'R' Us closed :_((((
 
2004-12-31 05:28:52 PM
trekkiebear

It took him how long to have a press conference? Maybe it's just my West Wing idea of president, but one of my first questions to NOAA would be, what kind of warning system do we have.

It wouldn't take a genius to figure out the West Coast has a fairly decent system in place along the entire coast.
 
2004-12-31 05:30:12 PM
nerfball

as expected, 'the great satan' was delinquent.

"The newly announced aid came after some critics claimed that the initial US contribution of $35 million was meagre considering the vast wealth of the nation."

when will we admit the arab states are just a sewer?


Are you joking? Pay attention to the world idiot. People here in the US are critical. In this thread even. Get a grip.

TheDirtyNacho

"Bush is still going to spend around $5 million more on his inauguration ceremony than he has doled out in tsunami relief aid."

Bush spent $355 million on his inauguration?


Hahaha. No. The initial pledge was $35 million, which of course, you're well aware of. It was upped to $350 million--which was reported by CNN just 4 hours ago. Maybe you should scold Kikii
for not spending his or her entire day reading FARK links?

/they're out in full force in this thread...
 
2004-12-31 05:31:13 PM
Bias? What bias? You mean the fact that THIS STORY:
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/2004/12/28/headlines/index.php?news=headlines_ 15908069.html

has been pretty much ignored?

I'd say it's probably the most important story of this whole event. Hey, why inconvenience our tourists with potentially false tsunami warnings, when they can be inconvenienced by a tsunami with NO warning?

I know where I'm going on vacation next. Hint: It's NOT the place where cronie board members wring their hands over warning people about tsunamis because their hotels could lose money if their wrong.
 
2004-12-31 05:32:16 PM
Bush spent $355 million on his inauguration?

/dont be a tard.


Don't be an asshole. Kikii was probably just behind on his/her infomation.

Waa.
 
2004-12-31 05:37:40 PM
Any headline boasting about US aid levels is certainly biased. Hell, Sweden is donating seven times as much per capita as the US is. If we were as generous as Sweden, we'd be donating $2.45 BILLION to the relief effort...
 
2004-12-31 05:40:06 PM
what is it with the media using "tidal wave" as a synonym for "tsunami"?
 
2004-12-31 05:40:40 PM
gweilo8888:

Hell, Sweden is donating seven times as much per capita as the US is.

per capita doesn't pay the bills. real money pays the bills, feeds people and saves lives.

when its about saving lives, its about american contributions. when its about a pissing contest, its about per capita contributions.
 
2004-12-31 05:41:22 PM
Here comes JEB in 08! President Bush feels JEBs experience in handling the hurricane relief effort in Florida makes him the ideal candidate to head up the tsunami relief team. What a perfect opportunity for him to get some face time in front of the rest of the nation. He will also be able to list international experience on his resume to be president. I hope the victims in these countries tell him to go back home and tell his brother to stop playing king maker and send some real help and money to help these truly desperate people. Besides doesnt the president know how busy JEB is here in Florida ignoring all the voters mandates!
 
2004-12-31 05:44:05 PM
nerfball

as expected, 'the great satan' was delinquent.

"The newly announced aid came after some critics claimed that the initial US contribution of $35 million was meagre considering the vast wealth of the nation."

when will we admit the arab states are just a sewer?


and just to add to the hilarity, you're quoting an Associated Press article.
 
Displayed 50 of 121 comments

First | « | 1 | 2 | 3 | » | Last | Show all



This thread is archived, and closed to new comments.

Continue Farking
Submit a Link »






Report