Apr
02
2009

Global Recession Affects People, African Animals

ABC World News did a segment on March 31 with a bunch of short reports on how the global recession was hitting around the world. Most of them were like this:

CLARISSA WARD (ABC NEWS): I'm Clarissa Ward in Tokyo. Japan is the second-largest economy in the world. And lifetime employment has always been the ideal here. But as global demand for Japanese cars and electronics plummets, companies like Toyota and Canon are being forced to shed tens of thousands of jobs. And for many workers in Japan, losing your job means losing your company housing. Thousands of laid off workers are now living in homeless shelters or, even worse, on the streets. Hideki Metsuhashi was fired in January from his job, making air filters for Toyotas. "I was sleeping in this park for a week," he says. "I never imagined my life would be this hard."

But the one from Kenya–the only one from Africa–went like this:

DANA HUGHES (ABC NEWS): I'm Dana Hughes in the Masai Mara Reserve. People from all over the world travel here to see some of the most magnificent wild animals on the planet. Tourism is the second largest contributor to Kenya's economy after agriculture. It brings in hundreds of millions of dollars each year. But this year, the tourists aren't coming. Luxury lodges, usually filled with Europeans and Americans, are practically empty. In the game park, rangers who make their living pointing out and protecting lions, giraffes and zebras are worried about their own futures as well as the animals'.

STANLEY MASHUKO (RANGER): Once we are not there, then the poachers will come in and kill these animals.

About Jim Naureckas

Extra! Magazine Editor Since 1990, Jim Naureckas has been the editor of Extra!, FAIR's monthly journal of media criticism. He is the co-author of The Way Things Aren't: Rush Limbaugh's Reign of Error, and co-editor of The FAIR Reader: An Extra! Review of Press and Politics in the '90s. He is also the co-manager of FAIR's website. He has worked as an investigative reporter for the newspaper In These Times, where he covered the Iran-Contra scandal, and was managing editor of the Washington Report on the Hemisphere, a newsletter on Latin America. Jim was born in Libertyville, Illinois, in 1964, and graduated from Stanford University in 1985 with a bachelor's degree in political science. Since 1997 he has been married to Janine Jackson, FAIR's program director. You can follow Jim on Twitter at @JNaureckas.