Sunday, September 16, 2012

BBC Election Coverage?

Bradley W. Parks

As I said in the introductory post to my tracking of the BBC's election coverage, the most interesting thing I find in its coverage of the United States presidential election is the lack thereof.

Never has that claim been more applicable than today. The BBC has not added a new story to its US election page in a week.

So while other outlets covered the political response to the protests in Libya and Egypt, the BBC kept its hands off, focusing more on the real story of the week: the protests themselves.

On BBC World News this week, the stories didn't touch the US election with a ten-foot pole.

Here in the US, foreign policy is climbing the ladder as to what are the most important issues in this election. A lot of that could be due to the overwhelming amount of coverage on the protests and their political implications.

Therefore, all I can do is note, once again, how refreshing it is to see news with much broader perspectives. The BBC understands there is more to see in the world. It cannot be all about the election, even during election season.

The BBC's US election page since Sept. 10. (Screenshot taken Sept. 16, 11:20 p.m.)

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