Thursday, December 30, 2004

News Media Perform Service in Tsunami Disaster

It hardly seems that only five days have passed since news began spreading of the calamity in South Asia and the Indonesian archipelago, a huge earthquake followed by the most deadly tsunami in recorded history.

Yet, without being too self-congratulatory about it, I think we can take some satisfaction in the role of the news media in conveying sensitive reports about the terrible losses and inspiring worldwide giving to the victims of the disaster.

The Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, many other newspapers, the great networks, have all posted the addresses and contact points for a host of relief agencies. Now, it is up to us to respond.

For myself, I'm going to begin with $500 gifts each to Doctors Without Borders and the American Jewish World Service. You may have your own favorites. Different people will give different amounts, but any amount will do some good.


3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

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I won't argue the news media has done good over the past five days, when it comes to letting the world know what has happened and what needs to be done. The outpouring of support for the survivors is staggering and humbling.

Unfortunately, at the same time the news media once more negates its own respectability and credibility with its inane need to infuse partisan politics into the situation: Praising former President Clinton for bashing the United States from afar while chiding President Bush for not acting in a way they think appropriate.

In the new year, just once, I would like the news media to do its job: Report the facts and truth objectively, and leave the subjective opinion out.

Signed,

James C. Hess
http://www.thinkingrockpress.com/trp1086.html

12/31/2004 6:14 AM  
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