Since the teenager went missing after leaving a nightclub on 30 May her picture has stared out from newspapers, while TV bulletins have covered every movement in the story.Yeah, and more than half of the US has no idea what the words Downing Street Memo mean. You know, I thought editors were supposed to make reporters report the news and edit when it gets excessive. Of course, 24 hour-a-day news, sports and comedy is exessive. Remember, when you follow the logic of Capital, too much is never enough!
It is not hard to imagine cynical reasons why.
Natalee is young, pretty and white. A judge and his son are among five people held over her vanishing.
Aruba, where the teenager was celebrating her graduation, is renowned for an intoxicating party scene.
Tragic as her disappearance is, some have criticised the flood of coverage which is dominating the national news agenda.
Mark Feldstein, associate professor of Media and Public Affairs at George Washington University, told the BBC: "Of course there has been too much coverage, by my standards, but this is what we have come to expect."
Mr Feldstein, a former investigative reporter, compared the case to the story earlier this year of the woman who faked her abduction before her wedding, becoming known around the world as the "Runaway Bride".
"These are really not national stories but they get national attention," he said.
Saturday, June 25, 2005
News from the BBC: American Journalism is the Laughing Stock of the English-Speaking World!!!
The BBC, arguably the best newsservice in the English-speaking world, has this to say about our missing-white-woman-obsessed media...
Posted by Commanderson Education and Consultation at 9:55 PM