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  •  Certain new media outlets (13+ / 0-)

    Seem to be required to make all such reporting a matter of us vs "them" - even if they have to invent "them."

    •  Most media, anymore. (12+ / 0-)

      Oversimplification is a hallmark of media, these past few decades.  Don't hire actual reporters - just have an intern look at wikipedia, or try to remember last semester's history outline.

      And then boil it down to a horse race.


      I am not religious, and did NOT say I enjoyed sects.

      by trumpeter on Fri Apr 19, 2013 at 02:12:59 PM PDT

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      •  And if Wikipedia doesn't say what you want it (2+ / 0-)
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        Avila, radical simplicity

        to about the obviously genetically evil people from whom the bombers are descended,  edit the Wikipedia page.

        I hope the folks at Wikipedia have already kicked that page down.

        © grover

        So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

        by grover on Sat Apr 20, 2013 at 12:19:35 AM PDT

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      •  I was surprised (5+ / 0-)

        even NPR was describing Chechenya as a "part of Russia." Even though Russia has more or less conquered them again, that would still be news to an awful lot of Chechen nationalists.

        Early to rise and early to bed Makes a man healthy, wealthy, and dead. --Not Benjamin Franklin

        by Boundegar on Sat Apr 20, 2013 at 03:24:23 AM PDT

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        •  Part of the Russian Federation? (4+ / 0-)
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          Like Navajos (or any other grouping) are citizens of the USA... a political description does not automatically mean an ethnic tag...

          Pogo & Murphy's Law, every time. Also "Trust but verify" - St. Ronnie (hah...)

          by IreGyre on Sat Apr 20, 2013 at 08:36:17 AM PDT

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          •  No, "part of Russia." nt (0+ / 0-)

            Early to rise and early to bed Makes a man healthy, wealthy, and dead. --Not Benjamin Franklin

            by Boundegar on Sat Apr 20, 2013 at 06:01:57 PM PDT

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            •  Russia IS the Russian Federation (0+ / 0-)

              and the Chechens have been independent and or fighting for independence from from outsiders for many centuries... and Czarist Russia which was only a  more recent conqueror, the Bolshevik / Communist regimes after that (especially Stalin... who tried to wipe them out...) and after the fall of the USSR... they attempted to declare independence again and fought two civil wars recently... lost both and terror guerrilla campaigns continue... while a local Russia friendly "governor type and govt. attempt to find a middle ground between extremists and the Russian army and special forces.... not a great history or situation to try and escape from.... and being part of Russia because Russia says so... well the rest of the world accepts that... but for some reason the Chechens probably do not all accept it...

              Pogo & Murphy's Law, every time. Also "Trust but verify" - St. Ronnie (hah...)

              by IreGyre on Sun Apr 21, 2013 at 08:15:44 AM PDT

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    •  It's a lazy way of getting at "analysis." (4+ / 0-)

      I haven't seen anything yet that attributes a coherent political goal to the terrorist act, other than the possibility that the older brother may have been radicalized, and cajoled his impressionable younger sibling into this heinous act.

      But for news outlets to start going off on Chechnya, as if an isolated (if horrific) act was somehow indicative of a uniform raciological predisposition towards violence.... Well, it's appalling that these reporters even got out of college, let alone into high-profile media positions.

      But our media in the US have effectively lost touch with the world. We've long since cut our foreign bureaus, and we outsource all of our international coverage to the Beeb and other lingering repositories of decent journalism. (The Brits might take exception to my praise for the Beeb, but by comparison with the current US media, they're doing a crackerjack job.)

      Political "analysis" has devolved into a Red Team/Blue Team shouting match of competing soundbites. Things have only declined since Jon Stewart buried Crossfire half a decade ago, with few exceptions (ie. Chris Hayes' "UP," Rachel Maddow most of the time, etc.).

      So the only thing the US media are good at anymore is covering white girl abductions. When an act of this magnitude forces American media to deal with complicated issues of ethnicity in a time-sensitive context, they panic -- and we get "analysis" that would have seemed at home in a social Darwinist tract from ninety years ago.

      Nothing requires a greater effort of thought than arguments to justify the rule of non-thought. -- Milan Kundera

      by Dale on Sat Apr 20, 2013 at 07:27:18 AM PDT

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      •  The press do two things (0+ / 0-)

        Locally they show black on black crime, black on white crime and wherever else that can be considered man bites dog to balance that out.

        At the national level they like to replay any man bites dog story that they can find.  Novelty. I recall that the Texas murders were linked to white gangs in prisons, turns out that it was a judge.  They like stuff like Amanda Knox where they can't face the simple truth that the prosecutor was insane and the guilty party was obvious.   Occasionally they get to mark out a crazy Arab if something gets blown up. Moving to Africa a famine or natural disaster or deranged white athletes high on celebrity status ( instead of stories that cover the grind of day to day murder) Haiti, more or the same as Africa. Natural disaster or famine.

        A Catholic, Jew, Muslim and Buddhist walk into Al Aqsa Mosque. Buddhist immediately exclaims: "excuse me I appear to be in the wrong joke."

        by Salo on Sat Apr 20, 2013 at 12:36:20 PM PDT

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    •  I went to my media outlet of choice (4+ / 0-)

      in difficult times yesterday and found this in the Onion:  "Study: Majority Of Americans Not Informed Enough To Stereotype Chechens"

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