Perhaps this will help you understand.
"First, the media works in a pack that is happiest when following a simple narrative."
This is an observation by Mike Murphy of the Weekly Standard speaking in reference to the coming presidential debates, but the it applies to news coverage in general.
Thus far the news on Iran requires a considerable amount of understanding of people, culture, strategies, events, in order to interpret what is happening there.
The news media is looking for "a simple narrative." They are looking for something that people can immediately understand and appreciate, such as the return of a major leader, an election, things of this nature. They are looking for news that is easy to consume.
The news on Iran does not fit this at this time.
Another thing missing for the broadcast media is that there is little video footage of events inside of Iran to "tell the story." This is of course due to the restrictions placed on the media by the regime. Major news networks with journalists in Iran fear exposing the regime prematurely for fear of being forced out of the country.
So what does this mean for those of us wanting to support the Iranian people?
I would suggest that before we contact the media on a breaking news story, that we need to provide the media with this "simple narrative" that the media can use.
Once events warrant it and we provide that narrative, if the media takes hold of the story, group think takes over among journalists and they will attack the story.
posted on 09/29/2004 8:37:09 AM PDT
(Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
Thanks for the explanation.
posted on 09/29/2004 5:07:29 PM PDT
(Everyone has a photographic memory. Some don't have film.)
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