Warning: Graphic images ahead.
The New York Times is one of the top newspapers in the US, if not the world. By searching its website we can get an idea of its picture of the world.
Here is a map of where people live:
Dark blue countries have over a billion people, medium blue over 100 million and light blue over 10 million.
Here is where people have been dying in 2015 (so far) from organized violence:
In dark red countries, over 10,000 have been killed, in red countries over 1,000 and in pink ones, over 100.
Putting the two maps together we get a rough idea of newsworthy places, places where there are large numbers of people or, at least, large numbers dying violently (“If it bleeds, it leads.”):
Compare that to the world as reported by the New York Times:
The dark blue places produce over a million Google hits on the New York Times website, the medium blue places over 100,000, and the light blue over 10,000. (The US, Canada and Britain are broken down by state, province and kingdom).
Comparing the last two maps:
- Over-reported: Western Europe, Australia, Cuba, Vietnam, etc.
- Under-reported: Ukraine, China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Nigeria, Libya, Sudan, South Sudan, Saudi Arabia, three-fourths of Dronelandia (Somalia, Yemen, Pakistan), etc
Arguably, these are not over-reported:
- Greece – has been on edge because of its debt, something that could affect the whole world,
- Turkey, Iran – have a hand in the worst wars going.
- Israel – almost always on the boil, even if 2015 was “quiet”.
The worst cases of under-reporting: Libya, Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen, since the US has had a direct hand in the violence there.
Images: those that come up first on Google Images when searching the New York Times website:
Notice only Black and Brown people are shown as poor, violent or dead.
How it sees parts of New York City:
Upper West Side
Lenape (the Native Americans who lived there)
Notice that the sun only shines in White neighbourhoods – and that New York Times photographers keep their distance from Black people.
The 1900s in ten pictures:
1989 (shows Taylor Swift)
Notice that everyone in the 1900s was White.
Other top pictures:
White Americans (shows biracial Americans)
Notice how it is affected by Hollywood whitewashing.
US presidential candidates for 2016, listed by Google hits and their top picture:
365,000 Donald Trump
246,000 Hillary Clinton
185,000 Ben Carson
150,000 Ted Cruz
122,000 Jeb Bush
106,000 Marco Rubio
81,300 Bernie Sanders
51,800 Chris Christie
32,000 Carly Fiorina
28,500 Rand Paul
18,300 John Kasich
15,300 Martin O’Malley
11,000 Mike Huckabee
8,000 Lindsey Graham
4,700 Rick Santorum
2,500 George Pataki
500 Jim Gilmore
– Abagond, 2015.
Source: The New York Times website on November 18th and 19th 2015.
- New York Times
- Top mass murders of 2015
- Hollywood whitewashing
- White Default
- Virtual Travel: Cape Town to the North Pole – compares New York Times images to Panaramio and Google Street View.
- Incomplete lists:
- National Geographic