It’s the very definition of absurdity: the networks have covered the death of one gorilla more than the deaths of 21 Christians beheaded by ISIS for their faith.
On Saturday, a gorilla named Harambe was shot after a toddler fell into the animal’s enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo. The broadcast networks routinely prioritize animal life over human life, and Harambe was no exception.
Last year, masked ISIS militants forced 21 Coptic Christians to their knees before beheading them on camera. Donning orange jumpsuits, the Christian men were martyred on a Libyan beach. ABC, CBS and NBC spent 6 times more on the death of one gorilla than they did on the mass execution during their morning and evening news shows.
Since the death of Harambe the gorilla through Thursday morning, the three networks have dedicated a total of 1 hour, 28 minutes, 17 seconds to the story during their morning and evening news shows.
ABC anchor Amy Robach announced the “zoo horror” during Monday’s Good Morning America while NBC anchor Al Roker promised “we’re going to continue talking about this for a while” to the gorilla’s death during Wednesday’s Nightly News.
For CBS, correspondent Jamie Yuccas reported PETA’s statement that the gorilla’s habitat “should have been surrounded by a secondary barrier” and the animal activist uproar during Weekend News on Sunday. Anchor Elaine Quijano concluded the segment by commenting on the “terrifying images.
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