When tragedies in other countries are ignored, they’re often covered by news organizations and ignored by the readers

Complaints on social media that tragedies in faraway countries (such as the attack in Pakistan) are ignored sometimes have a valid point, Charles J. Johnson writes. People in Western countries don’t care much about those stories, but Johnson says that’s not the media’s fault. Johnson writes: “If the reader response to the Pakistan story had been anything like what we saw for the Brussels or Boston or Paris terror attacks, we would have given it wall-to-wall coverage. … We will cover the important news whether or not it attracts a large audience online. But reader interest does help shape the size of the spotlight we offer to certain stories.”

+ Earlier: Writing on the Pakistan attack as well, Martin Belam says it’s hard to get people in Western Europe to care about these stories because they don’t have a personal connection with these places