Overrated or Underreported? – Foreign Policy
A Honduran migrant caravan crowds the Guatemala-Mexico international border bridge in Ciudad Hidalgo, in Chiapas state, Mexico, on Oct. 20.
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Overrated or Underreported?
A look at the stories the media hyped—or largely ignored—in 2018.
The most overrated stories
• The U.S. economy.
• The royal wedding
• The U.S.-Mexican border wall.
• The Thai cave rescue.
A burnt car and a gas station remain visible after the Camp Fire tore through the region near Pulga, east of Paradise, California, on Nov. 11.
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The most underrated stories
• Climate change.
• China’s great lurch rightward.
• Child soldiers and human trafficking.
• Italy’s rebellion and Macron’s plummet.
While U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit battle got most of the attention in Europe, the recalcitrance of Italy’s left-right government when it came to orders from Brussels and the cliff dive that French President Emmanuel Macron—once seen as Europe’s young antidote to Trump—took in the polls were probably more dire events this year. But we were so glued to the Brexit drama that few people saw them coming. To be sure, the Brexit fight and Italy’s partial compromise on budgets were signs that it’s not as easy to leave the European Union as some people think. But the right keeps rising, and it’s hard to know which sprouting weed to cover next.