Sunday, December 1, 2013

Media Whores Abandoned the Philippines

American mainstream media seems to have a broadcasting policy of; "If it bleeds it leads".   They hung around in Tacloban, the worst hit city in the Philippines from the Category 6+ typhoon, but never went much beyond ground zero.  After a week, ratings waned and they came home after giving absolutely no help to people who really needed it.  But I am sure they felt good flying back to the US on their first class fully reclining seats while drinking expensive wine and enjoying froie gras and lobster tails.

The problem is that once the media goes home the attention fades, but the tragedy does not.  This is an ongoing tragedy, people are dying, and although basic things like water and rice are being delivered, people are living in squalid conditions, and this is diseases like typhoid  are rampant now. 

Media focused on ground zero in Tacloban, the whole islands of Leyte, Samar, Bohol, Cebu, Negros, and Panay, as well as smaller islands have serious damage, power and water loss  by this in many cases has not been even addressed yet.

Once that the valiant NBC correspondent who was staying in a powered RV got done looking at people in Tacloban with a pitiful look, and got on his first class flight home, the donations dropped.  The Philippine Red Cross (NOT the American Red Cross), and Salvation Army are distributing relief as much as they can and need your help.

The media may be gone because there is no sizzle there now, but this tragedy still looms, and people keep dying.  They need our help.

Pray about this and consider about helping.  I'm thinking of going on a missionary trip to do my part after the 1st of the year. 

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