[Air-l] Forward: US public turns to Europe for news

meiwu at umac.mo meiwu at umac.mo
Tue Feb 25 20:16:17 PST 2003

A footnote to the interesting debate of the Internet and war on this list.


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                      Jan Servaes                                                                            
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US public turns to Europe for news
The threat of war in Iraq is driving increasing numbers of
Americans to international news websites in search of the
broader picture.  According to the internet audience
management and analysis company Nielsen NetRatings, traffic
to the UK's biggest news sites, BBC News Online and Guardian
Unlimited, has increased dramatically over the past year.
Many of these new users are from the US.  Jon Dennis, deputy
news editor of the Guardian Unlimited web site said: "We
have noticed an upsurge in traffic from America, primarily
because we are receiving more e-mails from US visitors
thanking us for reporting on worldwide news in a way that is
unavailable in the US media."  The American public is
apparently turning away from the mostly US-centric American
media in search of unbiased reporting and other points of
views.  According to the statistics, much of the US media's
reaction to France and Germany's intransigence on the Iraqi
war issue has verged on the xenophobic, even in the
so-called 'respectable' press.  Mr Dennis said: "American
visitors are telling us they are unable to find the breadth
of opinion we have on our website anywhere else because we
report across the political spectrum rather than from just
one perspective.

Source: http://www.journalism.co.uk/news/story576.html - Journalism.co.uk

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