UPDATE: MSM on Africa – Round 1: Evolution of a Story

Hey, remember yesterday when we commended the media for not sucking too egregiously in their coverage of the post-election violence in Kenya? And remember how we qualified our positive review with: “[W]e reserve the right to retract that when hyper-sensationalized reports of unprecedented levels of sexual violence start cropping up.”

Guess what turned up in today’s news?

Rape, the mob’s latest weapon in Kenya” [Telegraph]

Report: Gang rape becomes part of violence in Kenya” [Fox News]

So, um… RETRACT’D!

In the interest of fairness, the New York Times presents a slightly different picture: “Violence Softens in Kenya.”

Amanda and Kate

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