Online gambling has been getting a lot of coverage lately in the mainstream press, most of which has been negative. Newspapers like to talk about broken marriages, massive credit card debt, and shady offshore operations because those kinds of stories sell papers. But they don’t seem to be interested in writing much else, and that’s hurting the online casino industry.
Two of the most recent examples of this growing trend appeared in the New York Times and the National Post over the past few weeks.
The Times article was about the credit card processing problems that some casinos are facing, and it started off with a bang: “Mining the margins of legality” was the first line. The article paints a glum, but relatively accurate, picture of an industry that is struggling because of its bad reputation. And that bad reputation is due in part to – wait for it – bad press.
The second article, which appeared in the Canadian Post, was about a new ‘organization’ that has been created to supposedly safeguard players from the scourge of online Togel Hongkong casinos. Unlike the Times article, this piece wasn’t encumbered by the normal constraints of balanced reporting.
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