Wow, what a day. Trump wakes up from his slumber after a hard round of golf, grabs his phone and tweets that Obama wiretapped Trump Tower during his election campaign.
He gave no evidence, referenced no sources, nor has the Whitehouse made any official comment over his morning ramblings. Throughout the day a lot of the mainstream media have highlighted that he may be referring, very vaguely, to a Breitbart article, but even Breitbart doesn’t seem to want anything to do with Trump’s claims.
What else has happened? Well, if you look through Facebook, Twitter and the News Sites you will see that a new trailer for Deadpool 2 has dropped, Ed Sheeran spoke to Aussie media about hitting Justin Bieber with a golf club, Harry Potter fans have come up with a hilarious hashtag, #PotterABook, where they take a popular book title and change it to be related to Harry Potter (e.g. The Fault in Our Scars #PotterABook OR, Lord Voldemoort of the Flies #PotterABook).
Apart from that, Louis Tomlinson of One Direction was arrested over a scuffle at an airport, there’s a lot happening in Sport – UFC209, Clipsal 500, a few NRL games, and Australia vs India in the Cricket.
Oh, I almost forgot. There’s a cyclone off the coast of Darwin, Cyclone Blanche and it’s Clean Up Australia Day.
You know what’s not trending? The fact that in the last 48 hours, over 100 people have died from hunger in Somalia.
That’s right, you didn’t read that incorrectly, in the last 48 hours, over 100 people have starved to death and much of the mainstream media have clearly decided that it’s not important enough to cover.
If you get on to News.com.au you won’t find a reference to this anywhere. Even if you click into the World News section. In fact, the first article you’ll see in the World News section is:
“MORE than 100 million fast food and ready-made meals are consumed every week in the UK. And it’s having a devastating effect.”
The only way you can find it on News.com.au is if you click on Search and type in Somalia. Even then it’s the second story and they’ve only given the article literally 124 words.
I know what you’re saying, “News.com.au is a shit news site, try something more mainstream”. Well, let me go through a list. The process I followed was simple, open up the site, scroll through the main page. Then I did the same thing after clicking on World News, and Breaking News:
- Sydney Morning Herald – No Reference on Main Page or Site
- The Australian – No Reference on Main Page or Site
- The Daily Telegraph – No Reference on Main Page or Site
- Sky News – No Reference on Main Page or Site
- The Huffington Post – No Reference on Main Page or Site
- The Age – No Reference on Main Page or Site
- Yahoo7 – No Reference on Main Page or Site
- The Herald Sun – No Reference on Main Page or Site
SBS, ABC and 9NEWS are the only sites in Australia that are reporting on it as a main story.
In the US, it has got a little more coverage but no coverage in a major article, just a small link to a short article. If you weren’t looking for the article, you would miss it.
CNN, Fox News, ABC, Washington Post all jumped on it, however, NBC and the NY Times didn’t give it much of a thought.
My mistrust of the media aside, you have to ask the question: why isn’t this getting any exposure?
To give a bit of background about what is happening:
At least 110 people, most of them women and children, have died from starvation and drought-related illness in Somalia in the past 48 hours, Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire said Saturday.
Khaire made the announcement while speaking to the drought committee in Mogadishu, four days after President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo declared the drought a national disaster.
The death toll covers those who died in the rural areas of Somalia’s southwestern Bay region where the drought is more severe than other parts of the country. It was not immediately clear how many others have died in the rest of the country. – Source: CNN
This isn’t just a major news story, it’s downright frightening. At LEAST 110 people have died because they don’t have access to food or clean water and they’re only counting one region within Somalia.
It is a massive humanitarian crisis that needs exposure in order to get the necessary support and funding needed to stop the needless loss of life.
According to the United Nations:
“If we do not scale up the drought response immediately, it will cost lives, further destroy livelihoods, and could undermine the pursuit of key state-building and peace-building initiatives,” he warned, adding that a drought — even one this severe — does not automatically have to mean catastrophe.
According to the United Nations, “Somalia is in the grip of an intense drought, induced by two consecutive seasons of poor rainfall. In the worst-affected areas, inadequate rainfall and lack of water has wiped out crops and killed livestock, while communities are being forced to sell their assets, and borrow food and money to survive.”
I don’t know what to say? I’m not like most people on the Internet – I love News, Politics and Current Affairs. I know where to look for news, and I know how to make sure it is true. But most people will just read or listen to whatever is convenient – this isn’t a criticism of readers or listeners, it is a criticism of the media.
People are served up absolute rubbish and are deliberately kept in the dark.
Look, as for Somalia, I don’t know how to fix the problem and I’m not even going to try. I’m a business and technology guy – I don’t pretend to know how to fix complex geopolitical and humanitarian issues such as world hunger. What I do know is these issues do need more visibility to ensure the people who need to know have a platform where they can be informed. A platform for the people who can fix the problem can call on the assistance of World Governments, Big Business, and anyone willing to help in any way they can.
I’m not a bleeding-heart liberal. I know I was luckily enough to be born in a developed country, into a middle-class family, offered an education and brought up by my parents to challenge everything and to ask questions. I live in a country where I have access to free health services, clean water and an abundant food supply.
I’m not oblivious to the fact that I’m well off.
My issue is not with whether I could be doing more – I know I probably could be. My issue is with why the media isn’t doing more and covering this with the urgency that is required.
Anyways, I know this has been long but the media is really starting to get on my nerves more-so than usual.
But hey, don’t worry about Somalia, as long as we have access to Trump’s angry and crazy ramblings and an up to date one-stop shop for all the entertainment news your brain can consume, everything is OK.
One final thing to ponder – whilst you’ve been reading this article News.com.au has posted an update:
Smith’s innings amounted to eight runs off 52 balls faced, by far his slowest Test innings to have lasted 50 deliveries or more. It’s a tough slog for the Aussie batsmen on the second day, with opener Matt Renshaw heading to lunch on 40 after facing a mammoth 144 deliveries.
Oh, and (statistically) 1 more person has died from starvation in Somalia.