The front page of today's New York Times reinforces the notion that newspapers can still pack a punch that other media cannot. A front page still can force us to confront something we'd rather not confront.
The terrorist organisation Al Shabab is in large part responsible for the disaster.
Al Shabab was recruiting heavily out of the Somali community in Minnesota.
Would it not be appropriate for one of the local papers to print a similar photo?
@ Jim -
I grow so tired of MN papers/tv News always needing to have a "Minnesota Connection" before they report on things.
There can be news, that doesn't have a connection to Minnesota. While pointing out a connection when there is one isn't terrible, news stories can be reported if they don't have a "Minnesota connection."
Huffington Post has a nice list of organizations making an effort to help out in Somalia:
Jon - as a fellow citizen of the world, I wholeheartedly agree that important news should be reported whether or not it has an obvious local connection.
That said, if the goal is broader knowledge (and hopefully, positive action that follows), is it not highly useful to connect the local community with the larger world whenever possible?
and to back Jim further,
Jon that photo may be closer to your back door than you care to notice.
I haven't seen a print edition of the Strib lately, but they do have an article on Somalia in an easy-to-spot area of their site today:
Be sure to check out the comments, then run screaming back here where we can communicate with each other.