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Tony Collings On Gaza And The US Media’s Sudden Lack Of Interest

Posted by Phoenix Woman on June 3, 2010

FDL was honored today to receive a visit from Tony Collings, a longtime journalist and professor at the University of Michigan. He wrote a Seminal diary titled “Israeli attack on Gaza flotilla: media already losing interest?” The diary is so good, it’s been promoted to FDL’s front page.

Here’s a taste:

Only three days since the deadly Israeli raid on the Gaza flotilla, already there are signs that American news media are beginning to lose interest in the story. While the BP oil spill understandably dominates much of the news, the Gaza story should also be getting continued media attention but instead is beginning to fade away, replaced by new stories such as the Gores’ divorce, Sarah Palin’s nosy neighbor, and a new murder by the suspect in the disappearance of Natalee Holloway. These may meet the water cooler test (what are people likely to talk about?) but not the public service standard (what do people need to know in a democracy to make enlightened policy decisions?).

Tony has a blog, Capturing the News, and can also be followed on Twitter.

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