How media cover disasters
“A strong theme regarding story content is that media reports
of disaster do not reflect reality, but are a matter or social construction…”32
“While a natural crisis can initially get substantial media
attention, it is often for a relatively short but intensive period
of time. By contrast, the effect of continued and sustained media
exposure to riots, killings and political stand-offs can carry on
for a much longer period of time. Potentially, it can have a more
sustained impact on the perceived tourism image of a destination.”3
“What is reported by the mass media perpetuates the ‘myths’
of disaster behavior.”18
Though some of the comments were made years ago, variations of
these continue to be voiced. The Florida shark attack coverage is
one more recent example of such myths.
Another reporter questioned coverage of child abductions.
"From the amount of media attention given to child abductions
this summer, the casual observer might think the United States
is in the midst of an epidemic of kidnappings by strangers."21
However, he said the statistics were actually lower than they were
the previous year.