I know it's regarded as a tired old cliche, but... not everything is a conspiracy.
Here's the deal. The US media news cycle tries to fit in as little work into 24 hour coverage as it can. Typically this means that there will be about
ten "daily" stories, that are repeated and discussed for that day. Sometimes a big story will last a week, after which the media seeks a new story
that isn't "stale."
Last week it was Egypt. This week, it's Libya.
So why so little coverage of other places? Because the networks are playing to their audience. Sad fact is, most Americans do not know, and do not
care about Africa; we're not going to hear about Ghana, Cote d'Ivory, or Djibouti in anything other than 45-second nibs. However, people actually know
where Egypt is (It has pyramids and is in the desert!), and most of the viewers remember Libya as the second biggest evil nasty bad guy enemy thing
from the 80's, after the USSR.
Which brings us to another thing; Jingoism. The US media will jump over any chance to stir up a story that makes an "enemy" - Libya,
Palestinians,North Korea, Venezuela, Cuba, France - look bad. Some networks will even outright make stuff up. And on the other hand, They studiously
avoid anything that makes a US ally - Israel, Bahrain, South Korea, Saudi Arabia - look bad. So we can hear all sorts of news and discussion and
debate and theories about Libya, but Bahrain will get near-total silence.
This is not so much a conspiracy, as an example of entertainment TV modeling itself on the perceived wishes of its audience. Americans want to see the
bad guys lose, in five minutes or less, and get bored if they hear about it for more than a few days.
edit on 24/2/2011 by TheWalkingFox
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