Apologies, numbers from the initial news report on the quake in China have been updated. 32 dead, 600+ injured. Still a far larger number than what happened in Boston but the major news networks didn't even mention it, so the point still stands.
My problem comes in when people equate what the news does with an inflated American sense of self...which is not the case. In most cases, one thing has absolutely nothing to do with the other.
You don't think Americans have an inflated sense of self? Really? Then what do you say to people who's comments on the news story online about the quake in China or the one in Iran are things like "sorry, too busy following the story about the bomber to read this." Perhaps you
do not have an inflated sense of importance, but if you don't think most people in this country don't care about tragedies elsewhere because they're not "close to home", I think you're being a bit naive.
The news reports what will get them the best ratings. Had any major news network in the US had stopped reporting the stuff about the bomber being caught to mention an earth quake in China, most people would have lost their ever loving minds, because they don't care
. It happened here
, so it's more important.