CNN USA is a very different beast to CNN international. It’s like two separate worlds really. CNN USA is driven by much more by short-term gain, higher drama with a daily pressure of ratings and the need to win the minute. CNN international is more nuanced, not driven by the business of daily ratings. There is there’s a much more sophisticated internal approach to Africa programming and reporting.
To Western media covering Kenya: Please. Kenya is not a hotbed of terror. We are not Iraq. Afghanistan or Libya. We have some major security problems. Very serious. Yes. I am not sidestepping that. I have covered many attacks myself. The security issue should be covered, criticized, and the security apparatus’ effectiveness questioned. Terrorism has been awful for Kenya, and for our tourist industry. But during the Obama trip, also leave a few minutes or 30 seconds before a break or a kicker to show some cool Kenyans doing cool stuff, spotlight the innovation, the humor, the technology, the style, creativity and the vibrant political debate. Lots of awesome stuff is going on. It’s not a whitewash. It’s the real other side of the story that does not get told in a 90 second piece or three minute live interview.