U.S. News Should Cover International Events

Laura Attarian


A major destroyed large parts of the Brazilian National Museum in Rio de Janeiro on September 2, 2018, the flames spreading to almost all parts of the historic building. (Fabio Teixeira/DPA/Abaca Press/TNS)

It is no secret that the American news ignores the international news. Ever since I left Brazil, I have barely heard or seen any news stories from home, and I am certain that there are several events to cover. As a daily news reader, I was shocked to see that the fire in Brazil’s most prestigious museum didn’t make headlines. The National Museum of Brazil was a local treasure, containing over 20 million artifacts from ancient history including one of Latin America’s oldest fossil. Brazil, with continuous turmoil and tragedies, and recovering from one of the biggest misfortunes of the decade, mourns the only remains of thousands of years worth of history turned into dust, and yet the U.S. couldn’t seem bothered by it. In American news sources, I see boring articles every day; irrelevant events that don’t seem very appealing or newsworthy, and it’s almost like they’re intentionally avoiding what’s going on with the rest of the world, even when it might affect them. Especially in a country with such a large number of immigrants, I believe it’s important for the media to discuss issues around the world, even if they don’t concern the United States.