Re: Bali Bombing Meme

From: Steve Drew (
Date: Sat 26 Oct 2002 - 11:44:52 GMT

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    > Date: Thu, 24 Oct 2002 11:35:26 -0700
    > From: Bill Spight <>
    > Subject: Re: Bali Bombing Meme
    > Dear Bruce,
    >> My second observation is that, to me, the over the top media reaction to this
    >> event is doing everything to
    >> further the terrorist's agenda, and absolutely nothing for the victims or the
    >> communities involved. While I
    >> grant that freedom of the press is a basic right in democratic societies,
    >> the perpetual publicity of the
    >> event seems to me to be encouraging the perpetrators to do it again.
    > Absolutely. Terrorists count on both media sensationalism and government
    > overreaction.
    > Best,
    > Bill

    This is just a guess, but wouldn't the non reporting of terrorist attacks prompt them to try again to attract the attention that they seek for their cause?

    I do agree that the over the top coverage is not helpful, but would be uncertain as to where to draw the line.



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