Weekend Funny Challenge: Media Coverage differs between countries

The press has long been guilty of using highly emotive language i.e. the use of strong words to play into the readers feelings – to coerce,  to persuade , to horrify, terrify, support political parties, to hate others, and simply to sell papers. The use of vile over bad gives a larger feeling of disgust.

In Australia our politicians are doing this all the time. They have our nation terrified and elections are won on fear with statements such as “reds under our beds”. Our current government is particularly good at doing this (and in fact looking back most of our liberal leaders seem to use this form of control.) Our current leader  has the nation worried about refugees, terrorists,  Islāmic religion and using positive words for the destruction they are rorting on education, health and most of the social issues which affect people. The latest is ebola.

Ebola is a serious issue. There is no denying that. We need to get in and do what we can in West Africa but our PM is against this. The newspaper journalists I feel are a little sad we have not had a case in this country. We’ve had a few attempts. There was the nurse in Cairns then a few in Southern Qld but none developed so that the papers could spiral us quickly into a state of terror by the use of a similar reporting to the United States. The youtube above shows the differences between UK  and US reporting beautifully.

When I saw this I couldn’t help but laugh and immediately thought of Jenni’s weekend funny challenge.

About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. I followed this by doing a Master of Arts by research graduating in 2017. Now I live to write and write to live.
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17 Responses to Weekend Funny Challenge: Media Coverage differs between countries

  1. TanGental says:

    Brilliant. Howard is excellent. We managed to persuade him to do a fund raiser for our youth club and he was marvellous.

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  2. Charli Mills says:

    And this is why I don’t own a television! I can’t stand American newscasters or “Constant Negative News.” We go to the BBC website for international news. At home, I go online to Jon Stewart: http://thedailyshow.cc.com/videos/ysfr9u/a-million-ways-to-die-in-the-u-s-

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  3. We actually watch Fox News, CNN and Al Jazera – surprisingly Al Jazera is the least biased in its news. Sounds like Australia and the US have similar slants on the major TV networks – bombast,fear, and bloviating.


  4. Uncle Spike says:

    Excellent start to my day – thanks for that 🙂


  5. lorilschafer says:

    I wish I could say this is a totally inaccurate portrayal of the American media portrayal of Ebola, but it’s not.


  6. Sherri says:

    Two words for this Irene: Bloody Brilliant 😀

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  7. colinmathers says:

    I really enjoyed the very British comments of John Oxford: Britain need not worry about an epidemic, the virus simply would not like it here. Too rainy I guess.


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