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How Cable News Terrorizes America

Why tens of thousands of gun deaths a year can be taken in stride as "the price of freedom", while a single bombing prompts calls for the suspension of civil liberties.

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While there are many culprits, the lion's share of the blame must go to the cable news networks upon whom millions of Americans today rely for up-to-date and reliable information. The dismal and negligent coverage of the Boston bombing and its aftermath may perhaps be looked at in future as the "Tobacco moment" for cable news.

Until Americans either demand tangible improvement or definitively tune-out from these organisations, the country will see nothing but a heightening of the deleterious fear and hysteria they consciously help to provoke.

Murtaza Hussain is a Toronto-based writer and analyst focused on issues related to Middle Eastern politics.

 
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