Please compare and contrast:
“Sonia Verma, February 7, 2008 - A 37-year-old American businesswoman and married mother of three is seeking justice after she was thrown in jail by Saudi Arabia's religious police for sitting with a male colleague at a Starbucks coffee shop in Riyadh.” The Times
“Raid Qusti, February 5, 2008 — A Saudi mother of three, who works as a business partner and financial consultant for a reputable company in Jeddah, didn’t expect that a trip to the capital to open the company’s new branch office would have her thrown behind bars by the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice.
Yara, a petite 40-year-old woman, was in tears yesterday after she narrated to Arab News her encounter with a commission member that ended in high drama.” Arab News
Is it just me, or has the news become all about cultivating anger by producing “audience specific” stories? Tell the Arabs the woman is Saudi. Tell the Westerners the woman is American. Pump up the already irritated crowd. Make the gap greater. Make the hate stronger. Who cares, as long as their hate will make more news. News will make more money.
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