Do ratings wars drive us toward actual wars? If covering Libya weren’t “good” for ratings, would we have seen the pictures of death, destruction and brutality for the past month to the extent we have? And if we hadn’t seen those stories, would we be enforcing a no-fly zone right now? I believe there’s a risk that cable news can fuel the fire and “sell” us on a course of action. Too much coverage carries with it the risk of creating a false sense of importance or urgency. So what’s the solution?
Archives for March 2011
Two state senators in Arizona read some dubious, racist accusations against Hispanics right into the Senate record as though they were fact. Unfortunately, these type of stereotypes and lies are all too familiar to those of us who are used to hearing attacks against Latinos veiled in disguise as part of a legitimate “debate” about our nation’s broken immigration system.
Latin America is used to being short-shrifted by U.S. presidents. And despite problems at home and abroad, President Obama was right about going to Latin America at this time. It sends an important message about the importance of this vital region of the world, and helps to cultivate a stronger relationship with a burgeoning power in the global economy.