Years ago at University, I remember a debate we had with one of the lecturers about the media. The argument presented by the Professor was “News is a window into the world: Discuss.” I pondered on this for a couple of seconds and responded: “I reckon it depends on who’s window view you’re looking from.”
I’m not going to write a critique about news gathering and how views, issues and events are broadcast. That would just remind me off college all over again. Rather, have you noticed a really obnoxious yet subtle trend that’s been reported in newspapers in the UK? Whenever a crime is committed that affects someone influential or important, there is always a mention of the price-tag of the house they live in, or how much said person earns, or the job title. Next time you read the papers, It’s always the same: ‘X-Y-Z, who is reportedly worth £12 Trillion, lives in a £20 Billion Home in trendy Chelsea, was a victim of heinous crime.’ If the same crime was committed in less glamorous surroundings, it would read like this: ‘A-B-C was stabbed on a housing Estate. The victim was a shopkeeper/or an office worker.’ Although the former news item may be trying to highlight the fact that crime can hit anyone, you can’t but not help wondering whether the journalist writing the piece has a form of prejudice.
I wish I could elaborate on this topic some more, but right now I have a bad bout of Hay-fever. Thank God I’m off today. I’m just going to chill while I try to sort this bunged nose and sneezes out. In the meantime, here’s a picture of Toumani Diabete at St. Luke’s last Friday: