Media Portrayal of Haiti Problematic, Says UConn Researcher
January 11, 2013 by: Tom Breen
When many Americans hear the word "Haiti," a host of negative associations may spring to mind: "poor", "densely populated","over-crowded","aid-dependent."The media play a prominent role in shaping public perception of foreign countries, and such stereotypes of Haiti can often be found across the spectrum of the U.S. media, according to UConn professor of public policy Thomas Craemer. This is a problem, he says, not only because those epithets can paint a misleading picture, but because they can also affect how American citizens and governments act.
"I think there is a chance that these stereotypes can affect foreign aid and foreign policy,"Craemer says.
What media often chooses to cover about Haiti?
Coming in boats
Celebrities helping Haiti
What the media doesn't cover?
Links to media constantly covering Haiti: