Media Mashup: December 15, 2015

Screen Shot 2015-12-14 at 6.37.26 PMNew Strategy: Don’t Worry About Terrorism

The Wall Street Journal brings some sense to two stories that argue we shouldn’t be so concerned about terrorism:

“It may be true that the average American’s fear of terrorism is out of proportion to the individual risk of death or injury in a terrorist attack. But it is fatuous to dismiss that risk on the ground that Islamic terrorism has claimed only a few dozen American lives on U.S. soil after 9/11. The risk is prospective, not retrospective. The average American wasn’t all that worried about terrorism on Sept. 10, 2001. When his feelings changed the next day, it was an entirely rational response to empirical fact.”

For more sense, read http://www.wsj.com/articles/in-defense-of-freaking-out-1450119459

It’s About Foreign Policy, Stupid!

Townhall.com gets it right:

“One thing is clear as we watch candidates from both major political parties scramble for the presidential prize in 2016—the stakes are very high. And national security issues are finally getting the kind of attention they always warrant in this dangerous world.

“One thing is clear as we watch candidates from both major political parties scramble for the presidential prize in 2016—the stakes are very high. And national security issues are finally getting the kind of attention they always warrant in this dangerous world.”

http://townhall.com/columnists/davidstokes/2015/12/11/its-national-security-stupid-n2092116

A Slow News Day: A Story About Me

On a slow news day, Temple University, where I teach, did a story about my effort to learn Chinese: http://smc.temple.edu/2015/12/smc-professor-chris-harper-learns-chinese-to-teach-in-china-next-spring

On another note: I started to work at Newsweek in the Chicago bureau on this date in 1975. I fondly remember Bureau Chief Frank Maier and Chief of Correspondent Rod Gander.

Christopher Harper is a longtime journalist, who reported in Europe and the Middle East. He teaches media law and international journalism. Send suggestions and tips to charper@temple.edu.

 

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