I’ve written as to why ‘Colombia is passion’ but I haven’t written as to why Colombia gets 99% negative coverage in the American press. I haven’t written about it because I don’t have an answer. Even though this site was started a mere two weeks ago, I have scoured major US newspapers, Youtube and news aggregators in an effort to shed a different light on a country and a people that I’ve got to know. The result? Nothing to get excited about.
Today, I searched the backlogs of 4 months of news stories relating to Colombia on a popular news aggregating service online. Each month, there were roughly 30 articles on Colombia and I was lucky if I even found one non-drug-related, violence-related, or army-related story per their monthly listing. In total, I believe there were 2, perhaps 3 which were unrelated to the just mentioned topics. Out of those 2 or 3, only 1 article was interesting and you can believe that I’ve already covered it.
Even though I take media in general (whether foreign or domestic) with a grain of salt, I much prefer to get my information about a country from their own media outlets than from a foreign source. When real information isn’t available to the average person, its important that someone steps in to provide an acurate picture. I hope that person can be me.
If you want the bad stuff, you know where to look. If you want the good stuff, take a seat.