Major newspapers around the world and in Montreal gave huge play to the assassination of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.
Which of these reasons best describes the near-unanimous decision to put this on front pages?
- The news media is starting to seriously pay attention to international news, giving it the importance it deserves.
- The news media hasn’t changed. The assassination of a top political figure is an unusual and important story.
- The news media is desperate for a real news story in the otherwise dead year-in-review banked-feature time around Christmas and New Years.
- She’s hot.
A week ago I was wondering what the big unexpected holiday story would be…
In addition to everything you mentioned above, I think there is a real fear of Pakistan’s instability leading to a dire situation there. If things go badly (i.e. Civil War / a Fundamentalist takeover) you then have a real possibility of a very tenuous situation from the Mediterranean to Central Asia. Oh, and they have Nukes.
2 & 4.
James Brown can’t die *every* Christmas, you know.
Wow man you raise the bar on cynicism.