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Media Spin

Ed Bott has an interesting comparison between US and UK media coverage of the London attacks yesterday. While CNN over in the US was hyping up the blasts – speculating about further attacks and retaliation – the BBC was much calmer, suggesting that the situation was under control.
Certainly there’s been a difference in how UK and US blogs have covered this which follows how the respective media outlets in the two countries have reacted. The Brits have been quite chilled out and defiant about the whole thing, whereas there has been an outpouring of emotion and sympathy from those in the US as if this was some major catastrophe.
Sure, our own commercial media have been a little more sensationalist, but then sensationalism sells. The BBC don’t have to line the pockets of any shareholders but as a public service broadcaster they do have a duty to offer fair and unbiased reporting of the events, which from what I can tell they have mostly achieved.
I’ve had the ‘I Believe in the BBC’ badge on this site for a long time now and see no reason to remove it. The Beeb is a real asset to this country and the events of yesterday gave more proof, if ever it were needed, of why it is so important to us.

6 Comments

  1. “as if this was some major catastrophe”

  2. Well, the US media always seems to overhype things, seemingly intent upon putting more fear into the population.

  3. American blogs are saying:

    My prayers tonight go to the British public

    .

    • It only affected London directly
    • We fight terror, to be afraid is only giving in
  4. We were analyzing the very little information we were getting up in Sterling. Local news reports were stating 20 dead at the same time as BBC were stating 3. We believed it was more that the BBC were only reporting confirmed dead – as they only ever report confirmed news rather than gossip.
    That said, media coverage on other events this week has been hilariously wrong so quite what we should believe about London is anybody’s guess.

  5. “The Brits have been quite chilled out and defiant about the whole thing, whereas there has been an outpouring of emotion and sympathy from those in the US as if this was some major catastrophe.”
    Yes, it’s been an interesting dichotomy.

  6. Check this out
    http://www.livejournal.com/users/tyrell/154027.html?page=1
    Very funny British response to 7/7