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Kenyan columnist and cartoonist Patrick Gathara has been well known for his commenting of European and US events using the same framing European and US media do when reporting on African countries:

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by Bernard on Wed Nov 11th, 2020 at 10:24:58 AM EST
Laugh? We nearly all died - why my US failed state Twitter thread went viral
Patrick Gathara
The chaotic US election has undoubtedly been the biggest story in the world in the last two weeks. Watching it unfold from over 13,000km away in Kenya, the election itself - the long queues, the delayed and disputed vote count, impugned credibility - was disturbingly familiar. Our own elections follow a near-identical pattern. The media coverage, not so much.

Gone were the condescending tone, the adjective-laden labels and the expectation of violence and malfeasance so often applied to "foreign" elections. In its place was an easy familiarity and assumption of competence.

The media did not feel it necessary to depict the US as a crisis-wracked, oil-rich, nuclear-armed North American country with armed terror groups roaming its ethnically polarized restless interior. But these were exactly the sorts of descriptors that have traditionally allowed western audiences to identify with and follow events in distant, "exotic" places. It seemed to me that the rest of us deserved the same consideration. And so I decided to offer this perspective in a Twitter thread.

by Bernard on Sun Nov 15th, 2020 at 05:07:53 PM EST
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