Bombs in Turkey
I was reading this article about a large fire at Ataturk International Airport in Istanbul, Turkey. Kurdish militants claimed responsibility, as they have for eight other bombings in Istanbul this year. I’m sorry, what? Perhaps I just haven’t been reading the newspaper or online news enough, but why haven’t EIGHT bombings in a major capital city in the last 5 months been reported? On average that’s the equivalent of a bombing every 18 days in New York, London, Paris – or Sydney – so far this year. But then news values of proximity (both geographical and cultural) and impact are applied to the desired audience – in this case white middle class Australia – and those previous stories are of no importance.
This latest bombing appeared in The Courier Mail – so either it was a slow news day or they deemed this fire big enough to be newsworthy.