Shameful, Self-Interested News Networks
Here’s a not-so-crazy thought:
Want to deter ISIS from beheading Westerners?
Rewarding Terrorism; Attention = Oxygen
Each time such an atrocity leads the nightly news, it serves to reward such barbarism, whose primary motive is clearly . . . to attract as much attention as possible (motive #2: extract ransom from Western governments).
That’s how propaganda works.
But, why should Western media be ISIS’ all-too-willing megaphone?
Coverage Money Can’t Buy
If this really is a war, as the Administration claims, surely TV ratings (“if it bleeds, it leads”) take a back seat to the national interest.
And why should government censorship be necessary for the news networks to simply do the right thing??
Indeed, if network coverage is all about ratings — that is, profits — isn’t their conduct giving ISIS precisely the platform it seeks actually shameful (and not a little complicit)?
P.S.: On the few occasions that their own correspondents have been taken and held hostage, national news organizations have displayed a remarkable ability to keep things hushed.