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I read a few articles to this morning about the hyped up winter storm on the east coast of North America. There was almost no difference in the forecast on the north and south side of the border, what was different, were the words invoked by the press to describe it. And while you could certainly make a case that not all news articles are created equal regardless of their country of origin; I found that there was a larger trend in the US not only towards alarmism, but also the use of violent descriptors.

Washington Post:

‘Historic’ winter storm churns up blizzards but also relief as forecast punch fell short


From New York suburbs to Maine fishing ports, much of the East Coast faced a winter lockdown Tuesday as a wind-whipped storm — billed in advance as a “historic” blizzard — closed airports, shut down subway and rail lines and turned cities into snowy ghost towns.

...winter wrath ...Wind gusts exceeding 70 mph lashed parts of the coast....

...serious erosion and possible breaches of seawalls...

...Mammoth winter storm.... ... knockout blow for nearly 58 million people....

...howling winds gave the storm an even more menacing feel....

...About 500 National Guard members were on standby....

...states of emergency were declared...

...“Stay in your house until you hear otherwise,”....

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Now the exact same storm in the Canadian press,

CBC:

Maritimes storm: Schools closed, flights cancelled as blizzard hits

Blizzard warnings have been issued for almost every county in Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick as a winter storm hits the Maritimes.

Snow started in the Halifax region just after 5 a.m. AT, and strong winds continue to build in the region.

Many schools, businesses and city services are closed for the day....

Dozens of flights into and out of the Maritimes — at Halifax Stanfield International Airport, as well as airports across New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island — have been delayed or cancelled in the wake of the storm.

Travellers are advised to check their flight's status before heading out to the airport...


Sorry no violence here, even though Canadians LOVE winter violence!

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American culture in general has always been course, prone toward violence. Media word choice, impact words = more readers = more $$$. Diminishing return... majority of people are calloused.

Then we have Hollywood..........an it's influence on culture, related, but another topic.

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(01-27-2015 11:58 AM)mcetcher Wrote: [ -> ]I read a few articles to this morning about the hyped up winter storm on the east coast of North America. There was almost no difference in the forecast on the north and south side of the border, what was different, were the words invoked by the press to describe it. And while you could certainly make a case that not all news articles are created equal regardless of their country of origin; I found that there was a larger trend in the US not only towards alarmism, but also the use of violent descriptors.

Washington Post:

‘Historic’ winter storm churns up blizzards but also relief as forecast punch fell short


From New York suburbs to Maine fishing ports, much of the East Coast faced a winter lockdown Tuesday as a wind-whipped storm — billed in advance as a “historic” blizzard — closed airports, shut down subway and rail lines and turned cities into snowy ghost towns.

...winter wrath ...Wind gusts exceeding 70 mph lashed parts of the coast....

...serious erosion and possible breaches of seawalls...

...Mammoth winter storm.... ... knockout blow for nearly 58 million people....

...howling winds gave the storm an even more menacing feel....

...About 500 National Guard members were on standby....

...states of emergency were declared...

...“Stay in your house until you hear otherwise,”....

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Now the exact same storm in the Canadian press,

CBC:

Maritimes storm: Schools closed, flights cancelled as blizzard hits

Blizzard warnings have been issued for almost every county in Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick as a winter storm hits the Maritimes.

Snow started in the Halifax region just after 5 a.m. AT, and strong winds continue to build in the region.

Many schools, businesses and city services are closed for the day....

Dozens of flights into and out of the Maritimes — at Halifax Stanfield International Airport, as well as airports across New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island — have been delayed or cancelled in the wake of the storm.

Travellers are advised to check their flight's status before heading out to the airport...


Sorry no violence here, even though Canadians LOVE winter violence!

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Give the media a break !!! They need this in order to reach their average number of viewers ...
But yea, when it comes to fear, US media are on top on things...
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