Pandering And The Media


By Krishna Kashiwala

Flight MH370 disappeared after taking off on March 8 from Kuala Lumpur. The search has been going on for weeks. Amidst all the confusion of what went down relative with the flight, it’s crew, and it’s passengers, other things have gotten lost too.

While the international media joined hands to cover what happened with the Boeing 777 plane and the 239 people on board, the media also showed it’s unjust bias towards the issue.

I’m not at all saying that this issue isn’t important. We all deserve answers, especially the family members of the passengers and crew on board. But we can’t forget that there are about seven billion people in this world according to the United States Census Bureau and with that there are infinite other issues that the media owes it’s eye to.

It’s great to see how countries have joined hands in trying to locate the missing aircraft -formulate a theory that can explain why and what happened to all those people. But there is a revolution that had sparked a couple of years ago in the Middle East that we have forgotten about.

Issues relative to millions have been sidelined as well. Over 30 million children have lost their childhood through sexual exploitation over the past 30 years. Every two minutes a child is being prepared for sexual utilization. They are trafficked from 127 countries to be demoralized in 137 countries.

News outlets –have briefly mentioned and sidelined the most talked about issue –Russia since Flight MH370. People aren’t even aware that United States is spitting fire with Russia.

According to CNN, “President Barack Obama and other world leaders have decided to end Russia’s role in the group of leading industrialized nations, the White House said Monday.”

Finally after 16 days, Malaysian officials finally gave a somewhat of a straight answer, sending a text message to family members of the 239 on board. The message stated, “Malaysia Airlines deeply regrets that we have to assume beyond any reasonable doubt that MH370 has been lost and that none of those on board survived. As you will hear in the next hour from Malaysia’s Prime Minister we must now accept all evidence suggests the plane went down in the Southern Indian Ocean.”

After 16 days, the rest of us, not part of the intelligence agencies, media outlets, and royalty, not only are still clueless about what really happened with the flight but are now also lost when it comes to other issues, regarding our own economy, local crime and major “news-worthy” issues.

Some issues are important and the people that lost their lives in this tragic accident deserve justice, but is the media doing its unbiased duty to inform the public. To concentrate on one subject are we ignoring everything else that is also as important?


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