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Lumpy
07-15-2017, 05:39 PM
Something like "US citizen dies in overseas disaster; also, several hundred brown people".

The Other Waldo Pepper
07-15-2017, 05:45 PM
Something like "US citizen dies in overseas disaster; also, several hundred brown people".

Well, there's Tsunami Death Toll Rises To 36 Americans (http://www.theonion.com/graphic/tsunami-death-toll-rises-to-36-americans-9582).

The Other Waldo Pepper
07-15-2017, 05:49 PM
And, for the other half, 15,000 Brown People Dead Somewhere (https://www.google.com/amp/www.theonion.com/amp/3751).

You know, "from flooding or a hurricane or something like that."

Darren Garrison
07-15-2017, 05:51 PM
Are you thinking of this (http://www.theonion.com/video/hurricane-bound-for-texas-slowed-by-large-land-mas-14262)?

(eta: Hmm. Looks like The Onion has gone to that well a few times.)

Lumpy
07-15-2017, 06:07 PM
Thanks all!

Evan Drake
07-15-2017, 07:39 PM
It was pretty much a staple of British humour in the 19th/20th centuries for media bashing: 'Hurricane destroys Caribbean Island: no Britons killed'.


And prolly the Dutch, the French and the Chinese do the same thing.

Max Torque
07-17-2017, 12:00 PM
And as a counter to all the "pretty white girl gets murdered" stories, there's this story: Ugly Girl Killed (http://www.theonion.com/article/ugly-girl-killed-988).

Chronos
07-17-2017, 12:13 PM
I've also seen "Massive earthquake in Haiti: Thousands dead. Damages estimated at $43".

TPWombat
07-17-2017, 12:41 PM
It was pretty much a staple of British humour in the 19th/20th centuries for media bashing: 'Hurricane destroys Caribbean Island: no Britons killed'......
Yup. Here's a Spitting Image sketch along those lines Terrible Disaster (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7HkZGokfhjk)

Machine Elf
07-17-2017, 01:03 PM
For good measure, here's a reference to disaster fatigue:

Thousands dead in Indonesia again (http://www.theonion.com/article/thousands-dead-in-indonesia-again-4377)

PatrickLondon
07-17-2017, 05:22 PM
It was pretty much a staple of British humour in the 19th/20th centuries for media bashing

See also "Fog in the Channel: Continent cut off".

But it's universal and spreads down the newspaper food chain, with local papers keen to get the "Local resident almost affected by international disaster" story.

Tim R. Mortiss
07-17-2017, 06:34 PM
Don't forget Monty Python's "News for Wombats."

journeyman_southpaw
07-17-2017, 06:54 PM
The Far Side once did a take on this as well. (http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_UkcxUB27wvw/Sy4pVVOaeII/AAAAAAAABWQ/bBVicKCaHRQ/w1200-h630-p-k-no-nu/harold-meeker.JPG)