Is the media mediocre on the catastrophe in East Africa?

The Atlantic “Wire” has published this graphic analysis below of the media’s coverage of the famine in the Horn of Africa as compared to coverage of the shootings-bombing in Norway, the News of the World phone hacking scandal and the debt ceiling debate in Congress.

Compared to these stories anyway, the media hasn’t been paying much attention — even though 500,000 children are on the brink of starvation and thousands have already died.

As the story notes, this has the net effect of making it hard for aid organizations to raise money for the relief effort. Does such media neglect also fuel the political push to cut foreign aid in Congress?



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