Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Terrorism and its mentions

Does The New York Times devote its attention proportionally to the issue? It depends on the reader. I took the fraction of articles mentioning "terrorism" and "terrorist" from from NYT Chronicle and compared it with the number of actual terrorist attacks and casualties from the Global Terrorism Database.

More attacks, less attention

(attacks for 1993 are missing in the GTD)

Total casualties don't matter

Only casualties among US citizens matter

The last two charts show that The NYT ignores terrorist attacks in general. While terrorism casualties are at their peak, the newspaper devotes to them only 1/3 of the 9/11 volume.

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