Friday, May 17, 2013

Comment Comparison: Syria War Dead vs. Palestinians and Israelis

Today on the Huffington Post World section, enough time has gone by to determine what exactly the HPers care about. First item: the latest horrific news out of Syria.

120,000 dead in Syria, the vast majority of them civilians. You would expect the liberal, humanitarian HPers to be all over this story. But no, less than 300 comments.

Let's compare this to the news story about Israel's poverty rating:

More than double the amount of comments, and not one person is dead.

But Matt, you say, Syria is old news! There's been fighting there for more than a year. Sure, it's terrible, but you can't expect HPers to still care as much about an older conflict than the recent news about this poverty story.

But if that were the case, how can you explain this:

More than TEN TIMES as many comments on a story in which no one died and the conflict is 65 years old, not just one!

The truth, of course, is that the HPers are obsessed with Israel and could not care less about Syria. We've known this for a long time, but it's always nice to have more evidence.

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