Typhoon Koppu Ravaging The Philippines Not Considered Newsworthy
October 20, 2015 5:54am CST
As I write, our friends in the Philippines (many writers on here being affected) are being hit by one of the most savage typhoons since records began. There are many deaths and a great deal of damage in the Northern areas. The typhoon is also likely to hit Vietnam. The western media is barely covering the event. The BBC actually ran a feature on the news about a competition to let the public name heavy gales hitting British shores, with storms here now likely to be called Nigel in future. An all too real storm however, killing real people, right now, wasn’t considered worth mentioning at all. The best place for updates on Koppu is Twitter at present. If you are affected, stay safe, keep your radio on for government updates and take all necessary precautions and safety measures required. Arthur Chappell
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• New Delhi, India
20 Oct 15
Well that is the case with the media everywhere. Misplaced priorities. Pooling resources together they can do a tremendous job but its all for the TRP. I hope the Phillipines have necessary precautions in place and escape with minimum casualties.
21 Oct 15
All I can say it is simply human where after the first incident, the media would be sort of numb to the degree of devastation and does not deem the need to do much coverage as intense as the first time. I feel for the people and surrounding communities but media is taking the form of being more commercialized and we simply could not help it. I'm sorry for your friends and hope that they are alright surviving the disaster.