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Planet Earth

Hurricanes, Media Coverage, and Skewed Values

The IntersectionBy Chris MooneyJune 9, 2007 11:38 PM

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Princeton climate scientist Simon Donner has been blogging about Cyclone Gonu and the disturbing way in which the U.S. media seems to care more about oil prices than people killed by the storm. Of course, one might reply that at least our media actually covered this storm. By contrast, it more or less ignored the Madagascan cyclone disasters from earlier this year. No disruption of oil supply involved there, you see. Just destruction of the rice crop, which the people eat, and the vanilla crop, which they rely upon for exports....

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