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  • Coverage of Barcelona attack highlights ‘empathy gap’

    ThinkProgress - 08/18/2017

    John Wihbey, associate professor of journalism and media at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, told ThinkProgress that there is no one reason driving the decisions behind the different coverage of these attacks.

    “There’s some xenophobia/stereotyping that is at work, and at the same time its indisputable that more planes fly into Paris and Barcelona from U.S. airports than say, Yemen, so I think there’s a mix of both in terms of why the distribution of attention in terms of coverage and why judgments of newsworthiness tend to focus on Europe and largely white countries,” said Wihbey.

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