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[quote]More ink equals more blood, claim two economists who say that newspaper coverage of terrorist incidents leads directly to more attacks.
It's a macabre example of win-win in what economists call a "common-interest game," say Bruno S. Frey of the University of Zurich and Dominic Rohner of Cambridge University.
A London tabloid proclaiming "Carnage" about attacks on British trains is snapped up by commuters. "Both the media and terrorists benefit from terrorist incidents," concludes a recent study. The terrorists get publicity and the media gain circulation and profits. (By Matt Dunham -- Associated Press)
"Both the media and terrorists benefit from terrorist incidents," their study contends. Terrorists get free publicity for themselves and their cause. The media, meanwhile, make money "as reports of terror attacks increase newspaper sales and the number of television viewers."
The researchers counted direct references to terrorism between 1998 and 2005 in the New York Times and Neue Zuercher Zeitung, a respected Swiss newspaper. They also collected data on terrorist attacks around the world during that period. Using a statistical procedure called the Granger Causality Test, they attempted to determine whether more coverage directly led to more attacks.
Very interesting. The media emphasises what will make them $$$$, much sexier than covering schools opening and other 'mundane' matters.
"Some guys play in all-star games, some guys don't. I don't know who picks all those all-star teams. In all honesty, I don't know who picks the combine, for that matter," Belichick said. "How does (Miami-Ohio offensive lineman Brandon) Brooks not get invited to the combine? How did Vollmer not get invited to the combine? I don't know. We can't really worry about that. We just have to try to evaluate them the best we can."
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Hardly news, but as other pundits have pointed out is that calm is not news. The media has always benefited from tragedy. That's how Hearst started the Spanish-American War. On the bright side its reduced our tolerance for the death of soldiers. It took nearly 60,000 deaths in Vietnam before the American people forced Nixon to pull us out, or cut and run, as the right-wing likes to think about it. Now, with only 2,500 dead, the American people are already losing patience. More and more Americans are beginning to appreciate the value of our troops, and want them home safe.