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Typhoon Haiyan: Ghoulish Media Wallows In Numbers Of Dead

by | 11th, November 2013

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THE Super Typhoon Haiyan has claimed many lives. In a disaster facts can be hard to come by. Yesterday, Tacloban city administrator Tecson Lim said that the death toll in the city alone “could go up to 10,000”.  It’s a huge number. But it might be wrong. It might be that he wants the world to focus on his city and send massive help. Some news outlets pounce on the figure.

These headlines are all from the past 24 hours:

Euro News : At least 100 dead as typhoon Haiyan leaves trail of destruction in Philippines”

LA Times : “The official death toll Sunday night remained at 151 , but the relatively low number was a reflection of the difficulty in assessing the damages”

Evening Standard : “Typhoon Haiyan heads for Vietnam, leaving hundreds dead and thousands homeless in the Philippines”

Hundreds become thousands:

CNN : “Death toll likely to exceed 1,000 after typhoon slams Philippines”

Australian News Network : “Vietnam is bracing for Super Typhoon Haiyan, which is believed to have killed more than 1,000 people in the Philippines”

Zero Hedge : “Supertyphoon Haiyan

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