War torn Iraq has about 26 million residents, a peaceful California perhaps now 35 million. The former is a violent and impoverished landscape, the latter said to be paradise on Earth. But how you envision either place is predicated on what the media appear to make of each.
Imagine what your reaction would be if you awoke to Fox News reporting that there were “Six murders, 27 rapes, 38 arsons, 180 robberies and 360 instances of assault in California yesterday” or “Nearly two hundred Californians butchered again this month?” How would you react to “Six hundred women raped in California in February”.
Has the New York Times reported “ California ’s penal system, with 170,000 criminals, has an inmate population larger than those of Germany , France , the Netherlands , and Singapore combined?” or “ California spends $20 million a day on housing their criminals”?
Iraq has borders with Iran , Jordan , Kuwait , Saudi Arabia , Syria , and Turkey , California has only a single border with a foreign nation. Does CNN lead with “Illegal aliens in California comprise a population larger than San Francisco ?”
Every year, over 4,000 Californians die in car crashes; more than the number of Americans lost so far in combat operations in Iraq . In some sense then, California ’s badly maintained roads and often poorly trained and sometimes intoxicated drivers are even more lethal than Improvised Explosive Devices.
Has MSNBC informed us that “Three hundred Californians will perish this month on state highways; hundreds more will be maimed and crippled?”
Is California comparable to Iraq ? What would you say if the media reported that California is a crime-ridden den with murderous highways, tens of thousands of inmates and wide-open borders?