Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

In Aruba, Resentment over a Storm of US Media
Christian Science Monitor ^ | 6/8/10 | Todd Wilkinson

Posted on 06/08/2010 3:12:26 PM PDT by Dr. Scarpetta

A U.S. media storm, generated primarily by cable news outlets Fox and CNN, has descended here, clouding the reputation of this former Dutch colony, many residents and longtime visitors say.

Media critics say that what's missing is perspective. Beyond appreciation for the time it takes for an investigation to proceed, particularly under the nuances of Dutch law, statistics confirm Aruba is far safer than almost all other Caribbean islands.

"Cable TV is treating this as the crime of the century, or at the least, the obsession of the moment," says Howard Kurtz, media critic for The Washington Post in an interview.

"There's undoubtedly been more coverage of Aruba over this disappearance than in the last two decades," says Mr. Kurtz.

"Television has become addicted to melodramas about missing white middle-class women. But even by Laci Peterson standards, the Holloway coverage is being way overdone."

Between recent comments made by Holloway's mother, Beth Holloway Twitty, and television anchors who have portrayed investigators as the equivalent of bumbling Keystone Kops, many Arubans say they've had enough.

On Wednesday, a crowd of 200 staged a public protest in the capital city against Holloway Twitty's yet unproved criminal allegations against two suspects who have been released from custody.

(Excerpt) Read more at csmonitor.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: aruba; arubaboycott; arubanboycott; arubasucks; boycottaruba; drugcartels; humantrafficking; keystonecops

1 posted on 06/08/2010 3:12:26 PM PDT by Dr. Scarpetta
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: Dr. Scarpetta

I am sure the loved ones of those lost to the ‘nuances of Dutch law’ would appreciate delay in closure and justice.


2 posted on 06/08/2010 3:14:22 PM PDT by K-oneTexas (I'm not a judge and there ain't enough of me to be a jury. (Zell Miller, A National Party No More))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Dr. Scarpetta

“Aruba is far safer than almost all other Caribbean islands”

Well that’s sure saying a lot.


3 posted on 06/08/2010 3:16:32 PM PDT by Retired Greyhound
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: K-oneTexas

There’s not much reason to discuss Aruba anymore. It’s history. Whatever should have happened there....will happen in Peru....and in the end...justice is done Peruvian-style.


4 posted on 06/08/2010 3:16:55 PM PDT by pepsionice
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Dr. Scarpetta

” Aruba is far safer than almost all other Caribbean islands”

It certainly is now that another country did it’s work.


5 posted on 06/08/2010 3:17:46 PM PDT by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like what you say))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Dr. Scarpetta

Tough stuff, Aruba. You obviously have ties to international human trafficking which extends deeply into your justice system.


6 posted on 06/08/2010 3:19:08 PM PDT by TigersEye ("Flotilla" means "pirate ships running supplies to terrorists.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Dr. Scarpetta

And here I thought they’d have the decency to feel embarrassed. I thought wrong.


7 posted on 06/08/2010 3:21:44 PM PDT by Fantasywriter
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: pepsionice

Unfortunately, another young woman has been murdered.


8 posted on 06/08/2010 3:22:59 PM PDT by Inspectorette
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: Retired Greyhound

It’s even safer when Joran is out of the country or in a Peruvian jail.


9 posted on 06/08/2010 3:23:31 PM PDT by bgill (how could a young man born here in Kenya, who is not even a native American, become the POTUS)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: RKBA Democrat

Awwwwwwwww... poor widdle abused Aruba.... awwwwwwwwwww.....


10 posted on 06/08/2010 3:26:07 PM PDT by hennie pennie
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Retired Greyhound
Well that’s sure saying a lot.

No kidding. I've been to Jamaica. Never again.

11 posted on 06/08/2010 3:26:17 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: Dr. Scarpetta

No one else can afford to go there. Be happy for the business.


12 posted on 06/08/2010 3:27:54 PM PDT by edcoil (Kingdoms have never survived. Don't let any new ones be formed.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Retired Greyhound; fatnotlazy; amom; sodpoodle
LOL @ Retired Greyhound!!!

I'm unsure why any American would want to travel in the crime infested, drug riddled Caribbean; surely America has some beautiful beach resorts available???

13 posted on 06/08/2010 3:28:10 PM PDT by hennie pennie
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: Dr. Scarpetta

“”Television has become addicted to melodramas about missing white middle-class women. But even by Laci Peterson standards, the Holloway coverage is being way overdone.” “

Yeah, well maybe if you had a court system that didn’t allow the parent of the suspect to get away with murder, you might have had so much unwelcome exposure.


14 posted on 06/08/2010 3:30:42 PM PDT by autumnraine (America how long will you be so deaf aInd dumb to the chariot wheels carrying you to the guillotine?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Dr. Scarpetta

Are you certain that this isn’t an old article from 2005 — I remember when there was a small ANTI-Beth demonstration in Aruba, this article seems very familiar.


15 posted on 06/08/2010 3:31:12 PM PDT by hennie pennie
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: hennie pennie

You’re right. Sorry about that.


16 posted on 06/08/2010 3:33:37 PM PDT by Dr. Scarpetta
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 15 | View Replies]

To: Dr. Scarpetta

A tourist destination that covers for local residents who murder American tourists deserves to lose the business of American tourists. Perhaps Aruba needs to try and cultivate the Cuban and Venezuelan tourist trade. The Europeans too, for that matter, if they have any money left after the Euro ceases to be a credible currency.


17 posted on 06/08/2010 3:38:15 PM PDT by surely_you_jest
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: hennie pennie

The Cayman Islands are very nice.


18 posted on 06/08/2010 3:40:05 PM PDT by TheThirdRuffian (Nothing to see here. Move along.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: hennie pennie
"I'm unsure why any American would want to travel in the crime infested, drug riddled Caribbean; surely America has some beautiful beach resorts available???"

I spent some time on Grand Cayman Island and found it to be quite safe. In fact many Americans live and work there.

19 posted on 06/08/2010 3:40:50 PM PDT by StormEye
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: Dr. Scarpetta

Hey Aruba-—you molly coddled that psychopath of yours and now he’s killed 2 young women that we know of. Is Aruba partly to blame? You betchya-—now deal with it and take a lesson from Peru how to process a criminal.


20 posted on 06/08/2010 3:53:07 PM PDT by tflabo (Restore the Republic)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: hennie pennie

Subtitle of the article:

“As the Natalee Holloway search approaches six weeks, islanders wish the press would just go away.”

Yes, a very old article.


21 posted on 06/08/2010 4:09:28 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (The Last Boy Scout)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 15 | View Replies]

To: hennie pennie

“I’m unsure why any American would want to travel in the crime infested, drug riddled Caribbean; surely America has some beautiful beach resorts available???”

***

Hennie, we do have some really nice beaches...I personally like Myrtle and the Gulf Coast of Florida (well, I did till the oil spill). But many cities and resorts in the U.S. are “crime infested and drug riddled,” and some are even worse than the Carribean.

I’m not a world travel, but I’ve been around. I’m amazed at how many people who would normally not go anywhere with a stranger at home, think it’s ok to do so while on vacation. The same applies to people who carry huge amounts of money or wear their fancy jewelry, then they wonder how and why they were ripped off. Our inhibitions often fall away (sometimes from alcohol or drugs) or maybe it’s just that we think we’re on vacation or we’re in a really nice resort — what bad could possibly happen?

Take cruising. We’ve heard of some cases of major crime (including a couple of sensational murders) on cruise ships. Now, I’ve been on five cruises in my life and never had a problem. Maybe it was luck, or maybe it’s just that I would practice the same safety and crime prevention rules I normally would at home. You might say I made my own good luck. And I will not let the crimes deter me — if I ever get the opportunity to cruise again, I’m going.

Same with the Carribean. This may appall you, but I’ve been to Aruba twice — it is beautiful country and if I have the opportunity to go there again, I will go back.


22 posted on 06/08/2010 5:17:26 PM PDT by fatnotlazy
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson