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... am I the only one who had to hit google news to find out what's going on in Ukraine right now?

It's pretty mainstream news if you are in Europe.

Im normally all for having a go at Americans for being so insula, and not realising there is a rest of the world out there, well, the NSA know, but, you know... stereotypes and all that.

But in all fairness, the Ukraine borders the EU and there are political ties or ambitions there concerning the EU. No, I don't know all the details and I wont pretend to, but ultimately, it affects the EU. The US, on the other hand, is a world away and frankly what goes on in the Ukraine is not exactly a big deal to the US or its people. Yes, on a being informed of big events in the world level, it should be reported in the US, but I can understand the US not being that interested. Im sure there are levels of concern for the US, but its a much bigger deal to us in Europe.

I'm in south america and it is on the news too

I'm in the USA, it's not about snow or football, so it's (embarrassingly) not front page news on the various tv news sites. It is showing up on the nytimes & washington post. so that's something.

I'm in the USA, am I'm aware of it - but only because I listen to NPR on my commute and I'm signed up for the Quartz Daily Newsletter (qz.com - I recommend it). Unfortunately, neither are hugely popular news sources in the US (outside of certain circles).

It's definitely been on CNN. The elevators in my building have little TVs playing CNN all day long so I get it in 30 second snippets.

When i posted, i went to the front page of msnbc, cnn, and fox and did ctrl-f ukraine. Fox has something now. Actually on tv is probably different.

Wow, that's pretty shocking. It's HUGE news in Europe.

Well, apparently there is no trace of Ukraine on the front pages of cnn.com and msnbc.com, and barely a mention on foxnews.com, so it seems that - in the states - that's probably your best bet.

Ukraine is all over the front page of CNN.com this morning when I went to read it, but I have the "international" edition set for my preferences.

This is why as an American I go to the BBC for news. US news is just glorified talk shows and entertainment.

I think blaming "MSM" is becoming an increasingly poor excuse in an age where you are free to compose your own news feed in places like Twitter - even Tumblr.

I'm sure many of the people unaware of what is going on in Ukraine didn't follow the MSM to begin with.

Fair enough, but for me, I've generally used a quick peek at CNN and a relatively large newspaper site as my "Is there some major world event happening right now" filter. Clearly, I was mistaken. Switching to the international edition of CNN seems to be a reasonable start.

Yeah, pretty sad that it is on the front page of reddit but not the front page of cnn.com.

It's pretty sad that someone would be checking cnn.com for news and not reddit!

Those are infotainment / political agitprop sites. May as well complain about TMZ not covering it. If you go to bb.co.uk or reuters.com or news.google.com or reddit its front page news.

The problem is they did a "bait and switch", those sites started as news sites, however the US public don't know or (most likely) don't care that what most consider news aren't covered anymore.

To be honest, it's perfectly reasonable, there's a 0% chance of it affecting the average US citizen.

I only found out yesterday. US news sources are too busy talking about some polar vortex junk.

Here in Canada we got distracted by Toronto's mayor being caught making racist jokes after he fell off the wagon again. Also polar vortex 2.

And PM Harper’s visit to Israel, complete with the various (entirely predictable) reactions to that and his speech to the Knesset.

NPR has been covering pretty decently.

Indeed, and Google News has had headline items for a while. I've heard about it here in the US at least 5x a day for the past few weeks.

For my fellow ignorant folks, I found this summary useful: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2014/01/21...

I'm glad I'm not the only one that did this. I felt like a horrible person for a second! Ha

I suspect that by and large it's the lack of media coverage that's the problem, not the public.

To be fair, the media covered the protests pretty well when it started and there was the possibility of joining the EU and thumbing their noses at Putin... there's just been a bit of typical fatigue on a long-running political story lately.

I just hadn't learned how much it had escalated.

Al Jazeera has been covering it.

Al Jazeera, RT, BBC, basically every news organization that isn't based in the US.

Most US news organizations are covering it, too.

What many don't realize is that large news organizations often provide two views of the news. One is a view aimed toward the local audience, and focuses on in-country events, and includes a lot of sports and entertainment.

The other view is aimed toward the international audience and focuses on events of world wide importance or interest.

A typical US visitor to a news site will get the local view at US sites, and the international view at non-US sites. Al Jazeera doesn't cover "Arab Idol" the way CNN covers "American Idol", for instance, not because Al Jazeera is serious and CNN is fluff, but rather because Al Jazeera's "Arab Idol" coverage will be in its edition aimed at Arab countries, which US viewers won't see. (Yes, there is an "Arab Idol", and it is as big in Arab countries as "American Idol" is in the US).

American news have been covering it as well. I don't watch TV news so I can't comment there, but at least NPR has had lots of coverage (albeit lots of it comes through their broadcasts of the BBC) and it shows up in Google News as well.

ABC/CBS/MSNBC/CNN (your TV news) have been very quiet on the issue.

Ukraine must not have significant oil fields.

Actually, Ukraine's natural gas production has been picking up. Significant shale deposits have been found and off-shore drilling has begun in the Black Sea.

The Indian media is too busy featuring the new CM of Delhi, along with some new gang rape that recently occurred.

Along with the Indian Cricket Team which continues to lose games abroad.

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