FrankChurch wrote: Barber, you do know that if Haitians were white it would still be in the media. The oil slick is huge news because it affects lots of white people.
You've never been to the Gulf Coast, have you Frank? Katrina was huge news because it devastated lots of brown-skinned people. Oddly enough, they still live there.
The oil slick is huge news because a) it's huge news, and b) people are watching the coverage, encouraging the media to spend more and more time on it.
The media really doesn't censor stories so much as decide what will get the greatest ratings. Don't blame the Editors, blame the audience.
(This is why we get two to three nights a week of American Idol, and only one newsmagaize per network, buried in nights with the smallest audiences.) Give the people quality programming and they'll turn to FOX REALITY. Show an even-handed documentary and they turn to FOX NEWS.
Face it, American audiences are pretty suck when it comes to supporting higher culture. If we weren't the Symphony would be playing STAPLES CENTER, MASTERPIECE THEATER would be on CBS, and Harlan'd be worth more than Stephen King.