Skip to comments.In Aruba, Resentment over a Storm of US Media
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.
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I am sure the loved ones of those lost to the ‘nuances of Dutch law’ would appreciate delay in closure and justice.
“Aruba is far safer than almost all other Caribbean islands”
Well that’s sure saying a lot.
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.
” Aruba is far safer than almost all other Caribbean islands”
It certainly is now that another country did it’s work.
Tough stuff, Aruba. You obviously have ties to international human trafficking which extends deeply into your justice system.
And here I thought they’d have the decency to feel embarrassed. I thought wrong.
Unfortunately, another young woman has been murdered.
It’s even safer when Joran is out of the country or in a Peruvian jail.
Awwwwwwwww... poor widdle abused Aruba.... awwwwwwwwwww.....
No kidding. I've been to Jamaica. Never again.
No one else can afford to go there. Be happy for the business.
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???
“”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.
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.
You’re right. Sorry about that.
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.
The Cayman Islands are very nice.
I spent some time on Grand Cayman Island and found it to be quite safe. In fact many Americans live and work there.
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.
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.
“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.