WHY DON’T AL QAEDA ATROCITIES GET MEDIA ATTENTION?
Because that might help Bush.
UPDATE: A journalist whose name you’d recognize emails:
Yon’s story doesn’t get attention because it is humiliating.
It is humiliating because it is obvious that we media â€“ and our allies in the state department, the legal trade, the NGOs, the Democratic Party, the UN, etc., – canâ€™t do squat about such determined use of force.
Our words, images, arguments and skills canâ€™t stop the killing. Only the rough soldiers and their guns can solve the problem, and we wonâ€™t admit that fact because the admission would weaken our influence and our claim to social status.
So we pretend Yonâ€™s massacre â€“ and the North Korean killing fields, the Arab treatment of women, the Arab hatred of Israel, etc. – doesnâ€™t exist, and instead focus our emotions and attention on the somewhat-bad domestic things that we can â€˜fixâ€™ with our DC-based allies. Things such as Abu Ghraib, wiretapping, etc. When we â€˜fixâ€™ them, then we get status, applause, power, new jobs, ego, etc.
Please donâ€™t be surprised. We media are an interest group not much different from the automakers, the unions, and the farmers.
Sadly, this makes sense. And this fits the pattern.