Pat Smith

American media, Political parties and Grief porn

“Grief porn” ?is when the media use grieving family members to sell a story. In the case of the American Muslim parents whose soldier son died fighting for America, their grief has been politicised by the Democrats to benefit them with the support of the media. As the below article points out, when the Republican Party did the exact same thing, the media were highly critical of not just the Republicans but the grieving mother herself. The difference between the two headlines are stark.

  1. Khizr Khan’s words won’t be soon forgotten
  2. RNC manipulates the pain of a grieving mother for partisan gain

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