I keep reading the debate on the media coverage of the protests in Egypt. Well, yes, of course CNN is not going to cover the same as Al Jazeera, whose reporters were arrested and whose equipment was confiscated.
Of course Al Arabyia will not cover it the same way as the other two. The angle of the coverage depends on the public the TV channel is addressing.
Here’s a smart piece on this by Octavia Nasr: If you don’t read all, watch all, listen to all, you don’t get the whole picture.
If you’re addressing a public of Americans who believe Egypt was a friend, or Europeans who believe Egypt was a nice place to visit and see pyramids (see headlines such as “The revolution of the Pyramids” – God , I’m embarrassed!) and sunbathe in Sharm el Sheikh, you need to explain to them gently that there is a revolution going on, that Moubarak was not that great (OMG! I became aware of the world when he was already president. I never knew Egypt without Moubarak! Yet I can’t but wonder what’s to come after him?), and that it’s not really ok to be stopped at a checkpoint by and armed soldier on your trip from Sharm el Sheikh to Cairo.
And, still, I wonder, like some CNN reporters are wondering: what’s to come after Moubarak? He came in power after Anwar Sadat was assassinated. Is Egypt going back. How did Moubarak’s 3 decade rule change Egypt? Because from what I’ve lived until now, people are traumatized and do weird things when they are coming out of bleak times like this.