Are some lives inherently more important than others? If you’re a typical western journalist (or the usual left-of-center coloring), the answer is a big “well, du-uh.” Of course westerners are more important than non-westerners, and journalists are the most important of all. Here’s a typical example from the BBC website today, referring to the disappearance of two French journalists and an Italian journalist:
“An interpreter working for missing Italian reporter Enzo Baldoni has been found dead, raising fears that the journalist has been kidnapped.”
The interpreter — no doubt a mere Iraqi, and therefore not even worth mentioning by name — is in fact dead, but that’s only important because it raised fears that an Italian journalist had been kidnapped.