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Time to Get the Beam Out of National Media’s Eyes

posted by Jael Ever @ 17:39 PM
November 9, 2011

 Yesterday’s New York Time did an exhausting study of what is happening to those now made refugees by the unprecedented months-long flooding in Thailand.  The edition even showed photos of exhausted citizens piled upon one another, trying to grab some sleep in the Bangkok airport.
 
 The story explores the new prime minister’s political difficulties:  “By many measures, Thailand is working at half speed. Flooding has shut more than 1,000 factories, and the government announced Tuesday that the reopening of public schools would be delayed by a week, to Nov. 21.  Stores across Bangkok are still short of supplies, including drinking water. . . . The government says 2.9 million people have been affected by the floods in a country of 65 million. ”

 In addition to repeated emphasis on some 500 killed by the floods,  there are human interest stories:  “One woman in a Bangkok suburb called in to a television program to appeal for baby formula for her infant. A news crew traveled nine hours down flooded roads to deliver the powder to the woman, who wept with gratitude.”

 But can anyone find news in The New York Times or any print media across the United States, or major television network, about how the citizens in this country are faring after going through, again unprecedented, fires, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, snow storms etc.?  Are there any published photos of Americans huddled in temporary shelters, or crowded into neighbors’ homes?
 
 Are there any follow-up stories on how the thousands of people in Texas, Oklahoma, Vermont, Missouri, etc., are doing?  Where are they living and working while their homes are rebuilt?  Or will their homes and communities be rebuilt at all?  How many still live in trailers supplied by FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency)?  How do they get to food and transportation?
 
 Can anyone produce published reports on how many jobs are temporarily or permanently lost because of natural disasters in this country this year?  Is there nation-wide reporting on the farm acreage that these disasters have destroyed in the last ten months?  How will farmers and ranchers manage production?  Do they receive subsidies from the government too?  How is their production replaced?

 And why has The New York Times, and other nationally noted newspapers, given more space and photographic coverage of people resisting the status quo in Europe and the Middle East, than it has to those in the Occupy Wall Street movement in hundreds of cities and towns across this country?  Is this not news control, rather than news coverage?  One can certainly ask why?

 Well has Jesus said in His Bible prophecies,  “And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? (Matthew 7: 3).”  A mote is a speck of dust, but a beam is a large block of wood.  The media of this country must get the beam out of its own eyes first!

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