chapter  11
– social values /
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Minorities feel neglected and, simultaneously, abused by the mass media. Organisations for people with disabilities, Asians, black people, homosexuals, single parents, Hindus, Muslims, older people and a long list of other groups say the special interests of theirmembers are not sufficiently catered for by the broadcasting organisations and the newspapers, and they believe bitterly that journalism routinely misrepresents them. They see themselves as victims of crass images and crude generalities: black people are unreliable, noisy and given to drugs; single parents are irresponsible; the disabled are useless; Muslims are fanatical and intolerant; retired people are of marginal importance.