Disproportionality and the media

Bob From Brockley links to Geoffrey Alderman writing in the Jewish Chronicle which ends:

“A media analysis recently published by justjournalism.com reports that, across the five major daily broadsheets, war crimes allegations against Israel were featured earlier this year twice as often as similar allegations in relation to Sri Lanka.

If the Tamils had been Arabs, and the Sri Lankans had been Jews, you can rest assured that no such imbalance would have resulted.”

If your gut instinct is to accuse him of whataboutery, stop for a moment and think about why there should have been such a dodgy imbalance in the attention the media (I include bloggers) encouraged the British public to give the casualties, fatalities and aggressors in each of these two conflicts.

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