April 18

Are We Safe? Facts About Terrorism and the Media

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Fair or not, acts of terror we never hear about happen every day around the world. One more piece of evidence that America is in more danger from right-wing extremist than threats from outside forces.

If you had any doubts that the media covers terrorist attacks in certain parts of the world better than in others; compare the media’s reaction to the Brussels attack to its response to the attack in Ankara, Turkey; which happened at roughly the same time. There’s no comparison.

Perhaps the greatest difference in post-bombing coverage, though, came in the lessons the media suggested that readers draw from the Brussels and Ankara attacks. Ankara’s bombing was treated as matter-of-fact, if not entirely unremarkable:

The Brussels attacks, meanwhile, were presented as a “shocking turn of events”

Source: Fair, Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting

Get a look at the big picture as you watch this time-lapse video. It tells the gloomy story of fifteen years of terror attacks, which killed twenty or more people. Designer Milan Vuckovic created it and as you can see the vast majority of terrorist attacks happen outside the U.S.

I don’t mean to minimize any of the dreadful hurt and pain caused by the foreign strikes against America and my fellow Americans; I’m game to defend our country from any threat. But… we must make sure to recognize and engage all threats both foreign and domestic

Have a good week. God be with you until we meet again.


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