The expat blogosphere is enraged by the U.S. State Department’s updated travel warning and the subsequent stateside media coverage. At The Truth About Mexico, John Scherber makes some interesting points about American media coverage of Mexican violence: “Imagine that every day the Méxican media brought out reports on the two or three highest crime areas in the U.S., and by repeating the stories again and again, created the effect of looking in ten mirrors at once.“
Scherber’s exploration of potential reasons for the slant of media coverage is thoughtful, and I look forward to reading more from him on this subject. My own thought is that the media ends up ignoring other stories in order to endlessly beat the same subjects to death because:
a) fear sells.
b) editors have a strange reticence to publish stories that are unrelated to subjects already on the popular radar.
(Scherber is the author of San Miguel de Allende: a Place in the Heart, a book we lavish with praise in the upcoming 14th edition of The People’s Guide to Mexico.)