Monday, May 02, 2005

The BBC thinks Zimbabwe is in "The Americas"

Or is it "Americur"...

But only sometimes. Biased BBC's Ed Thomas reports, you decide.

Natalie Solent comments:

Well spotted about the placement issue - i.e. UK cutting aid to Africa is held to be more relevant to Africa but US complaining about Zimbabwe on the HRC is held to be more relevant to the US. I hadn't thought to look at it in such detail. The furthest I'd got was to ask myself whether a story was "buried" or not.

- As well as the general tendency to do whatever puts the UK/US in a bad light, I think this placement reflects (unconsciously) the mentality that sees Africa as a passive recipient or victim. This mentality overestimates the extent to which Africa's fate is determined by aid.

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