I listen to NPR quite a bit and every hour they have the news headlines. Over the past five years both the news and the coverage have increasingly and disproportionately been dedicated to events, topics, and stories about the Middle East.
I understand there is a lot going on over there, and has been for a while. And I am sensitive to the volatility of the region and its importance to the United States and the world as a whole. But the coverage seems to be disproportionate. A prime example is on the morning after Election day here, they had a report from Gaza and how the Palestinians were reacting to the election results.
Seriously? That’s what’s news worthy: How another country is reacting to our election? I’m far more interested in how WE are reacting to the election in our own country.
I don’t imagine there was a whole lot of hand-wringing in Egypt about what we thought of their election. Nor France. Or Greece. Or Russia.
I listen to NPR to have a more well-rounded world view. I guess my complain is that the domination of the Middle Eastern news is blocking out all the rest of the news that deserves coverage too.
Europe needs more coverage. They are our biggest trading partner and are going through a major crisis. China is hugely important to the U.S. More coverage is needed about them. Mexico is increasingly an important trading partner and little is ever discussed about them. How about South America? Harly know they even exist based on the news coverage….
And it isn’t just NPR. All the major news outlets seem focused almost solely on the U.S, and the Middle East…the rest of the world be damnned!
This is a very disturbing trend and one I hope changes soon.