The Australian media has exposed the bias of the American media following yesterday’s murder of Christoher Lane, a white college baseball player by three blacks. American media initially refused to cover the story. Fox News Channel’s Bill O’Reilly said Tuesday night that it was a local issue and should not be covered nationally. Pierce Morgan Tweeted to his CNN audience that it was a gun control issue. AP portrayed it as bored youth looking for something to do. None of the American media revealed the races involved.
However in the land down under the news is quite different. News.com.au and ABC (Australian Broadcasting Company) reported the murder was a black on white crime involving the relocated Los Angeles Crips gang as being responsible. They revealed the three alleged (only one had confused by their press time) murderers were black and their white victim was selected when he jogged past their home. They also cited police reports and interviewed the father of a boy that was apparently the next victim. This father told police where to find them.
American media bias has long been criticized by people on both sides of the aisle. Occasionally the bias is the same on both sides of the aisle, as it is here. Following the September 11, 2012 attack on the United States Consulate in Benghazi, Libya international media were quickly reporting it as an Al Kida backed attacked. American media did not break this aspect for almost a week, instead reporting a movie-based motive.
“This proves diversity in news sources is as important as diversity in the workplace,” says Guillermo Williams of getmaximpact.com. “One is better informed when more than one culture is involved in their experiences.
Additional Diversity Resources
- Employment Diversity In Michigan , a networking group on Linked In.
- Culture Bridges are a look at the contents of the character within each of us. Information is contained on more than 20 different categories of culture.
- Cultural Faux Pas is an interesting quiz about marketing mistakes made by others.
- Culture Quizzes allow you to test your cultural IQ with fun and informative quizzes. Life’ Leadership Lessons by Rick Weaver- 53 anecdotal leadership lessons. Paperback, e-book, Kindle.
Diversity by the numbers
- Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace... One School at a Time
- 35 Dumb Things Well-Intended People Say: Surprising Things We Say That Widen the Diversity Gap.
- 50 Activities for Promoting Communication and Understanding at Work: The Diversity Training Activity Book
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