Jack Shafer, who writes about the media for Slate (does anyone still care about this website?) in his most recent column, writes a praise poem for Jeffrey Gettleman, New York Times East Africa correspondent (btw, does the paper have a corresponding “Western Europe” correspondent?). Gettleman “… mostly covers ugly news—massacres, depravation, rape, riots, suicide bombings, […]
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Jeffrey Gettleman, the New York Times‘ correspondent in East Africa, whose first post-election report in Kenya set the tone for his subsequent coverage, when he wrote about ‘… an atavistic vein of tribal tension that always lay beneath the surface in Kenya,’ now invents history: “… Kenya used to be considered one of the most […]
Chris McGreal in the Guardian (UK), unlike Jeffrey Gettleman for the New York Times (where it is all tribalism all the time), actually goes and does and some research on the causes of the current violence in Kenya, including colonialism’s impact and the politics over land. Full story here. (HT: Wendy Willems).
With few exceptions (some of the correspondents covering apartheid South Africa — when the nature of the ‘conflict’ was obvious — and more recently the writing of its West Africa Bureau Chief, Howard French), the New York Times‘ Africa coverage has noticeably deteriorated. Case in point is the reporting that accompany the political violence in […]
The post-election violence in Kenya has, not surprisingly, brought out the worse in mainstream Western (particularly United States, and of course the more conservative British) media. For example, the New York Times’ correspondent Jeffrey Gettleman went on about ‘an atavistic vein of tribal tension that always lay beneath the surface in Kenya ..’ He’s been […]