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Thursday, March 7th, 2013

The New York Times: Counting bodies and column inches

Since Jeffrey Gettleman’s beloved machetes remain sheathed after a peaceful (and therefore thus far apparently uninteresting) Kenyan election, America’s paper of records put Africa’s other most important story on its front page yesterday. That’s right, Oscar and Reeva. It was a blockbuster, stretching from the front page (above to the fold) to occupy an entire page

Saturday, March 2nd, 2013

So, has the media gotten anything right reporting the Pistorius murder case?

We’ve blogged here about what’s been wrong about the coverage of the murder of the relatively unknown model Reeva Steenkamp by her boyfriend, Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius. A ratings bonanza, coverage has ranged from frivolous to the...

Friday, March 1st, 2013

Woman, object, corpse: Killing women through media

Since Valentine’s Day everyone has been talking about the murder of Reeva Steenkamp, although rarely in those terms. We know that her boyfriend, Oscar Pistorius, shot her four times and killed her while she was behind a...

Friday, March 1st, 2013

TIME and the media’s culture of confirmation bias

Within hours of Adam Lanza shooting dead 20 Sandy Hook Elementary first-graders and seven adults, including his own mother, and taking his own life, media channels everywhere were festooned with analysis and opinion on what drove the...

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

Dutch writer to Italian newspaper: There’s “too much Africa in South Africa”

Oscar Pistorius being charged with the alleged murder of his girlfriend on Valentine’s Day has given the Dutch writer Adriaan Van Dis the chance to play “South African expert” in a long interview in Tuesday’s issue of the...

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

The Oscar Pistorius File

The case seems to be the only news out of South Africa nowadays. Nothing else matters. Even Usain Bolt was asked his opinion during what seemed like an interview to promote a brand on CNN. Bolt declared...