Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Today’s Video: The media on Haiti, revisited

One year ago today a massive earthquake measuring 7.0 on the Richter scale struck near Port-au-Prince and shook most of Haiti. At least 200,000 people died from the tremor, millions were left homeless, and hundreds of buildings tumbled to the ground.

Days after the earthquake, President Rene Preval declared that "Haiti will not die" but in the twelve months since the tremor the country has been on life support. Wild weather, a cholera outbreak, and political upheaval were just some of the maladies faced by quake survivors who for the most part live in the streets or in unsafe tent camps.

As was written in an article on CNN's website, grim reminders of the quake can still be observed while Haitians continue the Herculean task to rebuild their country:
Five days ago, three more bodies were pulled from the rubble in central Port-au-Prince.
In the upcoming days we'll look at several aspects of post-earthquake Haiti such as the effectiveness (or lack thereof) of billions of dollars in foreign donations. Today, however, we want to revisit a video examining the international press response to the earthquake. British comedian and journalist Charlie Brooker criticized how some media outlets shifted their narrative in order to exaggerate the "signs of conflict" among survivors:

Video Source - YouTube
Online Sources - CBS News. BBC News, The Latin Americanist

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